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Pentagon spent $22 million on UFO research, reports say

The Pentagon spent millions of dollars investigating reports of unidentified flying objects, according to reports from The New York Times and Politico. The $22 million Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program began in 2007 after its funding was pushed by Sen. Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat who retired this year, according to The Times. Reid has […]

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Ancient Shark Found In North Atlantic

Researchers have found an ancient shark in North Atlantic, believed to be 512 years old, which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the world. While the animal was discovered a few months ago, its potential age was revealed in a study in the Science journal. Marine biologist Julius Nielsen found that an 18-foot Greenland […]

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This tiny South Pacific Island should be dead by now, but it’s still alive and kicking

Scientists want to know why it’s lingering instead of crumbling into the sea. A new island in the South Pacific. NASA/Damien Grouille/Cecile Sabau We all thought it would only survive for a few months when it was born in a blast of ash in January 2015. The island, Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, emerged from the waters […]

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Imperial Beach mayor stresses community, ecology

By Donald H. Harrison IMPERIAL BEACH, California – Serge Dedina is a 6’4 surfer, a PhD in geography, a descendant on his Jewish father’s side of Holocaust survivors, a renowned coastal conservationist, and, since December 2014, mayor of the small city of Imperial Beach. There were so many facets of his life to talk about […]

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Indonesia’s selfie-snapping monkey named ‘Person of the Year’

An Indonesian monkey who shot to fame after it snapped a grinning selfie — and sparked a landmark US copyright case — was named “Person of the Year” Wednesday by the animal rights group that took on the simian’s cause. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said it was honouring Naruto, a […]

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San Diego climate change efforts – less money?

San Diego has a well-deserved reputation for its consistently “Goldilocks” weather: It’s often just right, seldom too cold or too hot. Rainstorms come in quickly but rarely linger. The typical forecast when it’s not sunny all day? Overcast until 11 am, followed by sunshine in the afternoon. But that doesn’t mean climate change isn’t already […]

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Travel warnings raised as Bali volcano erupts

A volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali has coughed up a huge cloud of smoke high into the skies, disrupting air traffic and leaving thousands stranded at the airport Indonesia has raised its Volcano Observatory Notice for Aviation (VONA) to red, its highest warning, saying the cloud of ash could reach more than 6,000 […]

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Dinosaur-Era Shark Found In Portugal

The rare frilled shark is considered a “living fossil,” as its makeup has remained unchanged for 80 million years. This summer, researchers found one alive and thriving off the coast of Portugal, adding evidence regarding the resilience of this ancient sea creature. The shark was discovered off the Algarve coast by researchers who were working […]

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Italian Parliament votes to ban animals from circuses

The law passed in Italy calls for a gradual elimination of all animal circus acts in the country. Thus, Italy joins 50 other countries and states which have already banned animals in circuses. “We applaud Italy and urge countries like the U.K. and the U.S. to follow this example and end this cruelty,” said Jan […]

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Drought across Spain and Portugal raises alarm

The Douro River which is one of the symbols of the Iberian Peninsula is 60 percent dry. The snow, that by now should be covering the landscape above 2,000 meters has been replaced by temperatures of over 25ºC. It’s a situation which has become critical – for Spain’s economy, for growing food, for living. Here’s […]

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NASA data shows climate change is threatening more glaciers than we thought

We knew climate change was melting Greenland’s glaciers, but new data shows things are even worse than we thought. Left: Greenland topography color-coded from 4,900 feet (1,500 meters) below sea level (dark blue) to 4,900 feet above sea level (brown). Right: regions below sea level connected to the ocean, either shallower than 600 feet (200 […]

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Scientists discover third Orangutan species. It’s already threatened with extinction

Researchers have established that an isolated population of orangutans found in Batang Toru, North Sumatra, is actually a distinct third species. Orangutan from Batang Toru, which scientists now say belongs to a new species. Credit: Tim Laman. One big family Biologists had known about the unique orangutan population, which is nestled within the Tapanuli district […]

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Is tourism harming the Galápagos Islands?

Mathías Espinoza has a deeply crinkled brow as he squints at the vast ocean around the Galápagos Islands on a July morning. “Bien brava,” he murmurs softly, meaning, “rough.” He has looked out on the ocean many times over his years in the Galápagos Islands, but it never ceases to intrigue him. Espinoza is inhaling […]

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World population growing at dangerous pace

By Arkady Mamaysky TARRYTOWN, New York–In 2017, the total population of the world is estimated at around 7.5 billion. At our present growth rate, the world population will reach 9.8 billion by 2050. Is this a positive or negative prospect? Some disturbing numbers are easily found online: *795 to 842 million members of the world’s […]

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