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The world’s largest king penguin colony has dramatically collapsed, and as yet scientists just don’t know why. From 2 million members in the 1980s, including 500,000 breeding pairs, the population on the sub-Antarctic Île aux Cochons has shrunk to just 60,000 breeding pairs. Using recent high-resolution satellite data from 2005 onwards, and helicopter and satellite
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“The probability that ‘In My Life’ was written by McCartney is .018.” “Which basically means it’s pretty convincingly a Lennon song.” And with that, Harvard researcher and passionate Beatles fan Mark Glickman made his telling contribution to one of the eternal pop music pub arguments – who wrote the Beatles’ best tracks? The difference this
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The headlines in recent months read like an international eco-thriller. At Mauna Loa Observatory, perched high on a Hawaiian volcano, researchers measure unusual levels of CFC-11 in the atmosphere. The measurements baffle the scientific community: CFC-11, a potent ozone-depleting gas, has been carefully monitored since it was banned under the 1987 Montreal Protocol. But the
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16 different species of Phaeodaria (http://caliban.mpiz-koeln.mpg.de/haeckel/kunstformen/high/Tafel_061_schema_300.html).Public Domain / Kunstformen der Natur, Ernst Haeckel (1904) Little light permeates 100 meters below sea level where the ocean’s twilight zone begins. Although this section of the ocean is relatively food-depleted, the twilight zone is teeming with sea life that subsists on gradually sinking bits of organic matter, including waste products and decomposing critters. This “marine
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The Carr Fire tearing through Northern California is so powerful that it’s creating its own weather patterns. The explosive blaze reached the city of Redding on Thursday night. By Saturday morning, the fire grew to 80,906 acres and is only around 5 percent contained, according to officials. The fire has destroyed 500 structures, and officials say 5,000 more are threatened. Around
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Cover and author photo for THROUGH TWO DOORS AT ONCE by Anil AnanthaswamyPublicity images from Dutton, composite by Chad Orzel I got an advance copy of Anil Ananthaswamy’s forthcoming Through Two Doors at Once a while back, and while I was too busy with my own book to read it in time to blurb it,
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