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February 11, 2017
WATER WORLD
Litter is piling up on the Arctic sea floor



Bremerhaven, Germany (UPI) Feb 10, 2017
Marine scientists from Germany have been monitoring litter levels in the Arctic since 2002. They say the problem is getting worse. Litter is identified in photographs taken by their Ocean Floor Observation System, OFOS, which includes 21 underwater observatory stations. Two of the stations and their underwater cameras are dedicated to counting garbage. Between 2002 and 2014, scientists identified 89 pieces of litter - plastic bags, glass shards, fishing nets --- in 7,058 photographs. Re ... read more

SHAKE AND BLOW
6 dead after strong quake shakes southern Philippines
Rescuers dug through rubble Saturday to find survivors after a powerful earthquake struck the southern Philippines, killing at least six people and sending thousands fleeing for safety. ... more
WATER WORLD
U.S. Navy tests new diving equipment
U.S. Navy personnel completed an 11-day evaluation of the branch's HeliCom Matrix, a device designed to improve helium-influenced communications. ... more
WATER WORLD
Study: Deep-sea mining causes long-lasting ecological damage
Analysis by scientists at the National Oceanography Center in England suggest deep-sea mining operations will have long-lasting ecological consequences. ... more
FARM NEWS
Endangered species listing for bumble bee delayed by Trump admin
In a move announced Thursday in the Federal Registrar, President Donald Trump and his administration have delayed the inclusion of the rusty patched bumble bee on the endangered species list. ... more
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China villagers 'beat the Buddha' for a good harvest
Beating a rock statue of Buddha to wish for a good new year and an abundant harvest, villagers in China's eastern Fujian province have a unique way of worshipping the deity. ... more
WHITE OUT
Afghan death toll from heavy snowfall, avalanches hits 191
The death toll from avalanches and freezing weather conditions across Afghanistan has risen to 191, officials said Friday, as rescue operations were underway in the worst-affected areas. ... more
SHAKE AND BLOW
Rumbling Indonesian volcano in fresh eruption
A rumbling volcano on Indonesia's Sumatra island spewed clouds of smoke and ash high into the air Friday, the latest in a series of violent eruptions. ... more
WHALES AHOY
Fresh whale stranding on notorious New Zealand beach
Another 200 whales were stranded on a New Zealand coastline late Saturday, frustrating rescuers who had battled through the day and even defied a shark threat to try and keep them at sea. ... more
FLORA AND FAUNA
Climate change responsible for the great diversity in horses
Changing environments and ecosystems were driving the evolution of horses over the past 20 million years. This is the main conclusion of a new study published in Science by a team of palaeontologist ... more
EARLY EARTH
Fossil treasure-trove reveals post-extinction world ruled by sponges
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ICE WORLD
Hidden lakes drain below West Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier
Thwaites Glacier on the edge of West Antarctica is one of the planet's fastest-moving glaciers. Research shows that it is sliding unstoppably into the ocean, mainly due to warmer seawater lapping at ... more
WATER WORLD
Decoding ocean signals
With the ocean absorbing more carbon dioxide (CO2) over the past decade, less of the greenhouse gas is reaching the Earth's atmosphere. That's decidedly good news, but it comes with a catch: Rising ... more
CLIMATE SCIENCE
Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release
The breakdown of methane hydrates due to warming climate is unlikely to lead to massive amounts of methane being released to the atmosphere, according to a recent interpretive review of scientific l ... more
WHALES AHOY
Data on blue whales off California helps protect their distant relatives
Scientists know a great deal about blue whales off California, where the endangered species has been studied for decades. But they know far less about blue whales in the Northern Indian Ocean, where ... more

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Justice for victims of Nepal's civil war slips away
Shanti Dhakal's husband disappeared without a trace nearly two decades ago at the height of Nepal's brutal Maoist insurgency, presumed murdered by police for having links to the rebels. Dhakal was among 60,000 victims who registered a complaint with two commissions set up in 2015 with a two-year mandate to investigate the murders, rapes and forced disappearances perpetrated by both sides. ... more
Myanmar jade mine landslide kills 9: official

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Six cosmic catastrophes that could wipe out life on Earth

Big data for the universe
Astronomers at Lomonosov Moscow State University in cooperation with their French colleagues and with the help of citizen scientists have released "The Reference Catalog of galaxy SEDs" (RCSED), which contains value-added information about 800,000 galaxies. The catalog is accessible on the web and its description has been published in the Astrophysical Journal Supplement (impact factor - 11.257) ... more
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RE2 Robotics to further develop EOD underwater manipulator system
RE2 Robotics is to develop an inflatable Underwater Dual Manipulator system for the U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research. The award for underwater manipulator arms comes under a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research award, the company said, but no details as to its monetary value were given. The system to be developed is for integration onto unmanned underwater vehicles for ... more
Litter is piling up on the Arctic sea floor

Study: Deep-sea mining causes long-lasting ecological damage

Splitfin flashlight fish uses bioluminescent light to illuminate plankton

Climate change adds to pressures on endangered African penguins
Climate change and overfishing have left already endangered young penguins in Africa confused about where to find food, and they are dying in high numbers as a result, researchers said Thursday. The report in the journal Current Biology describes a dire predicament for African penguins, whose young population is projected to be down 50 percent in some of the most affected areas of coastal Na ... more
Hidden lakes drain below West Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier

Study shows planet's atmospheric oxygen rose through glaciers

Study shows planet's atmospheric oxygen rose through glaciers

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China villagers 'beat the Buddha' for a good harvest
Beating a rock statue of Buddha to wish for a good new year and an abundant harvest, villagers in China's eastern Fujian province have a unique way of worshipping the deity. The religious ceremony held Friday in Yuxi village is one of many in the run-up to the traditional Lantern Festival, which falls on February 11 this year. It is a time for colourful ceremonies in the coastal provinc ... more
Sticky gels turn insect-sized drones into artificial pollinators

Endangered species listing for bumble bee delayed by Trump admin

Syngenta says profits down as ChemChina takeover looms

Pacific rim countries to test their tsunami warning system
Countries bordering on the Pacific Ocean will test their capacity to handle a major tsunami in an exercise from 15 to 17 February, held to identify possible shortcomings in the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, established under the auspices of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). Dubbed PacWave17, the exercise foresees several scenarios for earthquakes o ... more
6 dead after strong quake shakes southern Philippines

Rumbling Indonesian volcano in fresh eruption

Ankara mayor warns of 'manmade quake' threat

I. Coast govt pursues bid to end mutiny by elite troops
The Ivorian government planned Thursday to pursue talks with elite troops responsible for President Alassane Ouattara's security in a bid to end a revolt by the special forces, a defence ministry official said. "Normally the discussions should resume this morning," the source told AFP after the mutineers began talks with top military staff following armed protests this week in their barracks ... more
Ivory Coast govt in bid to end elite troops' mutiny

Somalia to elect president amid security, drought woes

Elite I.Coast troops fire protest shots at two bases

Humans subconsciously perceive words as 'round' or 'sharp'
Humans naturally perceive words as having physical or geometric qualities. New research shows humans subconsciously perceive words as being "round" or "sharp." The "bouba-kiki" effect is a well-established psychological phenomenon describing the tendency for humans to link soft-sounding made-up words, like "bouba," with rounder, softer-looking shapes, and hard or sharp-sounding nonsense ... more
Paleolithic people 'killed' pebbles to rid them of their symbolic power

Chimpanzee feet allow scientists a new grasp on human foot evolution

Baltic hunter-gatherers began farming without influence of migration

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Scientists argue current climate change models understate the problem
A new study on the relationship between people and the planet shows that climate change is only one of many inter-related threats to the Earth's capacity to support human life. An international team of distinguished scientists, including five members of the National Academies, argues that there are critical components missing from current climate models that inform environmental, climate, ... more
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Gas hydrate breakdown unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

NASA spacecraft prepares to fly to new heights
On Feb. 9, 2017, NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, known as MMS, began a three-month long journey into a new orbit. MMS flies in a highly elliptical orbit around Earth and the new orbit will take MMS twice as far out as it has previously flown. In the new orbit, which begins the second phase of its mission, MMS will continue to map out the fundamental characteristics of space aroun ... more
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NASA team looks to ancient earth first to study hazy exoplanets
For astronomers trying to understand which distant planets might have habitable conditions, the role of atmospheric haze has been hazy. To help sort it out, a team of researchers has been looking to Earth - specifically Earth during the Archean era, an epic 1-1/2-billion-year period early in our planet's history. Earth's atmosphere seems to have been quite different then, probably with lit ... more
Fossil treasure-trove reveals post-extinction world ruled by sponges

This spiny slug blazed a trail for snails

Spiny, armored slug reveals ancestry of molluscs

Electricity costs: A new way they'll surge in a warming world
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