New planet could support life.

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Scientists from the University of California Santa Cruz have discovered a distant planet that they believe is suitable for sustaining life. Using ground based telescopes in Hawaii, and advanced astronomy and astrophysics  techniques they have determined that the planet, Gliese 581G in the constellation Libra, is likely to contain liquid water and has enough gravity to maintain an atmosphere. 2 other …

The Atlantic has a garbage patch too…

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Researchers from the Sea Education Association have mapped concentrations of plastic waste in the Northern Atlantic Ocean and identified a ‘garbage patch’ similar in size to the one in the Pacific. Over 22 years, plastics were skimmed from the the ocean using surface plankton nets in more than 6000 locations. The concentration of plastic debris is measured for each square kilometer …

New species of Monkey discovered in South America

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Conservation International announced yesterday the discovery of a new species of Titi Monkey in Colombia. The delight in the discovery is also tinged with concern, however, as scientists believe that the destruction of their natural forest habitat has placed them in extreme danger of extinction. The Callicebus caquetensis was first observed in the area more than 30 years ago by …

Debris threatens worlds largest dam.

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The world’s biggest Dam, on China’s Yangtze river, has been clogged by thousands of tonnes of garbage following heavy rain and flooding. The intense flooding, reportedly China’s worst in 10 years, have claimed hundreds of lives and now threatens the operation of the dam and the hydroelectric power it was created to provide as a layer of trash more that …

Huge river found under the Mediterranean Sea

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Scientists have revealed details of  a huge undersea river carrying as much water as the Mississippi at its peak flow. The river has been found flowing  from the Mediterranean Sea in Europe through the Straights of the Bosphorous, into the Black Sea. The river water is made up of dense salt water and sediment which flows as a river underneath …

FIFA World Cup is underway.

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A huge global audience as well as almost every member of the local population will watch a month long festival of world soccer that began today at 3pm, local time in Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa is not a newcomer to world sports – in fact it has hosted a number of significant tournaments including the Rugby, Athletics and Cricket …

Crocs found going surfing…

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The largest living reptile is the saltwater estuarine crocodile, also known as ‘Salties,’ have recently been found ‘surfing’ around the South Pacific Islands. While Crocs are not well known as strong ocean swimmers and typically found lurking in shallows waters, how did these crocs manage to get across the huge expansion of water?  ‘Surfing.’ A group of Scientists, including Steve …