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Sea turtles face plastic pollution peril

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A new global review led by the University of Exeter that set out to investigate the hazards of marine plastic pollution has warned that all seven species of marine turtles can ingest or become entangled in the discarded debris that currently litters the oceans. The research, which was carried out ...

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Could ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ happen?

A researcher from the University of Southampton has produced a scientific study of the climate scenario featured in the disaster movie ‘The Day After Tomorrow’. In the 2004 film, climate warming caused an abrupt collapse of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (AMOC), leading to catastrophic events such as tornados destroying ...

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Blue skies and water ice discovered on Pluto

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The first color images of Pluto’s atmospheric hazes, returned by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft last week, reveal that the hazes are blue. “Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado. The ...

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US Volcano Monitoring May Get an Overhaul

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No, I haven’t fallen into a lava lake. The past two weeks have been dominated by my 3 days of time on the SHRIMP-RG at Stanford University (jointly operated by Stanford and the US Geological Survey). I have a pile of new zircon crystals to analyze from the Lassen Volcanic Center ...

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Welcome to SB 100, Examining the Future of Football

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Getty Images Fifty, in football, means Mike Singletary, good field position and the best possible seat for a spectator. But bear in mind, as the NFL celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl with those golden number 50s on each stadium’s 50-yard line—that 50 is only halfway to the house, and ...

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The predator survives – but the ecosystem crashes

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What do killer whales, polar bears and humans have in common? They are adaptable predators with the ability to select new prey when their favourite food is in low supply. But this change can disrupt entire ecosystems. “If the predator is efficient at killing its prey, such a change can ...

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