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Study reveals East Antarctic ice’s vulnerability to ocean heat

Study reveals East Antarctic ice’s vulnerability to ocean heat

Harsh winds and chilly ocean currents have cut off East Antarctica from the rest of the world, and its massive stores of ice have mostly remained intact. But, researchers have discovered major melting that could foretell a less stable future for the region.

Last year, a team of Australian researchers found a channel of warm water nearly 10 kilometers wide and 1 kilometer deep in front of the massive Totten Glacier, causing it to unprecedentedly melt.

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Researchers analyze diamond chunks to better understand deep Earth

Researchers analyze diamond chunks to better understand deep Earth

In a bid to better understand the extreme depths of Earth, a diamond geologist and colleagues at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) cracked open and analyzed tiny chunks and scraps leftover from some of the world’s biggest diamonds.

The researchers led by diamond geologist Evan Smith got the GIA to acquire eight fingernail-sized chunks of those big, expensive diamonds. The chunks were leftover from big diamonds when the rough diamonds were cut into glistening jewels.

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Earth is due for ‘extinction-level’ comet or asteroid strike: NASA scientist warns

Earth is due for ‘extinction-level’ comet or asteroid strike: NASA scientist war

Earth is due for an “extinction-level” event like a huge comet or asteroid strike but humans are not prepared for any such potential life-threatening catastrophe, a NASA scientist has warned.

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Archaeologists discover 2,500-year-old ‘lost city’ in Greece

Archaeologists discover 2,500-year-old ‘lost city’ in Greece

An international team of Archaeologists has announced the discovery of a mysterious ‘lost city’ in Greece, potentially opening gates to the region’s history.

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Humpback whale rescued off Boston

Humpback whale rescued off Boston

The 30-foot humpback whale that had caught in fishing gear off the coast of Boston last Thursday was finally disentangled and freed on Sunday, authorities confirmed.

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Atmospheric levels of methane are on the rise: researchers warn

Atmospheric levels of methane are on the rise: researchers warn

Atmospheric levels of methane (CH4), one of the most powerful greenhouse gases, are on the rise, a team of researchers reported in an analysis published in the journal Environmental Research Letters on Sunday.

The researchers warned that methane is surging in the atmosphere after a period of comparative stagnation in the 2000s. They also warned that efforts to tackle global warming and climate change will be undermined unless efforts are made to bring methane under tighter control.

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Giraffes placed on extinction watch list

Giraffes placed on extinction watch list

A steep decline in giraffe population over the last three decades prompted scientists to put the animal on the official watch list of threatened and endangered species globally.

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John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, is no more

John Glenn, first American to orbit Earth, is no more

Former NASA astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, passed away on Thursday at the age of 95 years.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket may return to flight in early January

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket may return to flight in early January

Elon Musk-led SpaceX expects its Falcon 9 rockets to return to flight in early January, which would mark the company's first space mission since a Sept. 1 explosion during a test flight grounded the fleet.

Last month, Mr. Musk had said that SpaceX could return-to-flight mission by the mid of December, with a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 satellites for the communications firm Iridium. Iridium officials also said that the highly anticipated launch might occur on Dec. 16, 2016.

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Industry leaders urge Trump to approve Dakota Access Pipeline

Industry leaders urge Trump to approve Dakota Access Pipeline

Industry leaders have urged President-elect Donald Trump to approve the highly-disputed Dakota Access Pipeline that would span four states and cross under a Missouri River reservoir in southern part of North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

The $3.8 billion oil pipeline project has long been opposed by environmentalists and locals. Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of the Army declared that it wouldn’t allow the pipeline to be drilled under the dammed section of the Missouri River.

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