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Coral Bleaching Run Rampant, Threatens Entire Oceanic Ecosystem
Look out, Marlin and Nemo, as new reports indicate that continued devastation of the Earth’s coral reefs has destroyed half the world’s coral ecosystems in the last 30 years. New surveys of the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef, have revealed it to be ravaged by coral bleaching. [...]
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Celebrating the Life of Yuri Gagarin, First Man in Space
The world's first man in space Yuri Gagarin was born 83 years ago, on March 9, 1934. Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin became the first man in outer space when the Vostok-1 spacecraft with the Soviet cosmonaut on board was launched from the Baikonur space center on April 12, 1961, at 6:07 AM local time, marking a new era in human his [...]
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Russian-Iranian Simplified Visa Agreement Takes Effect February 6
Police said 11,000 people have gathered in the Moldovan capital on Sunday for anti-government protests, disputing organizers' estimates of 100,000 demonstrators. CHISINAU (Sputnik) – Supporters of center-right and left-wing parties took to the streets to voice opposition to the appointment of a new prime minister and to cal [...]
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‘Rare’ and ‘Remarkable’ January Hurricanes Hit Atlantic, Pacific Oceans
The world's warm ocean waters are experiencing some very unusual hurricane behavior right now, meteorologists say. Right now in the eastern Atlantic, Hurricane Alex is headed towards the Azores, and it's the first hurricane to form in month of January since 1938. With sustained winds of over  85 mph, the Category 1 hurricane is [...]
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St. Petersburg claims “Europe’s leading destination” title
Russia’s second-largest city Saint Petersburg has been named this year's best destination in Europe at the World Travel Awards. The city was recognized for its exceptionally rich history, centuries-old traditions and bright future, according to the travel industry's most prestigious awards program. It's the first time a Rus [...]
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Dazzling northern lights, major geomagnetic storm hits Earth
A major solar explosion and geomagnetic storm resulted in incredible northern lights on Monday night, mainly seen across northern Europe and North America. (Photos - Video) The geomagnetic storm was classified G4, the second-highest possible degree – the last on such a scale happened in March, when auroras were seen as far [...]
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Grand Canyon covered by sea of clouds in amazing weather event (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
The Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the natural world, became even more wondrous on Thursday, thanks to a rare weather event. A sea of clouds filled the chasm from the bottom up, ebbing and flowing like a seaside tide. The stunning sight of the canyon filling with fog like water fills a bathtub occurred due to a tot [...]
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Shocking NASA pics show Aral Sea basin now completely dry
Once the fourth-biggest lake in the world, the eastern basin of the Aral Sea in central Asia is now completely dry. It is the result of a Soviet-era project to divert rivers for agriculture and a lack of rainfall at its source. “This is the first time the eastern basin has completely dried in modern times,” Philip Micklin [...]
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Air travel prices in US to climb as TSA fees increase
Air travel in the US is set to become more expensive beginning next week - but airline profits and jet fuel costs aren't to blame this time. Instead, the price hike will come as a result of a TSA fee increase. The Transportation Security Administration’s fee – known as the ‘Civil Aviation Security’ or the ‘9/11 Securit [...]
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Airbus 340 and Boeing 767 nearly collide at Barcelona airport – video
A video filmed at Barcelona airport shows two planes almost crashing on the runway. An Airbus 340 is shown crossing the runway at El Prat Airport in Spain as a flight from Moscow is coming in to land. Seeing the Airbus in its path, the pilot of the Boeing 767 from Russia aborts the landing. The plane then lands safely on the run [...]
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62 yo Russian solo sailor crosses Pacific on rowboat covering 17,000km in just 162 days
World-famous Russian traveller and adventurer Fedor Konyukhov, who has been on a solo-rowing voyage across the Pacific Ocean since December, has reached the Australian coast, completing his adventure in a record 162 days. [...]
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Melting of Antarctic ice sheet and 3-meter sea level rise inevitable – study
Massive regions of the ice sheet that makes up West Antarctica have begun collapsing in a process that scientists have worried about for decades and fear is likely unstoppable. Researchers warned that the accelerated pace of disintegration is expected to remain relatively slow over the next 100 years, [...]
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Diver defense: Crimean military dolphins now train with Russian Navy
The combat dolphins of Crimea will now serve the Russian Black Sea Fleet. They will assist divers in searching for sunken ships and lost underwater equipment, Russian naval forces said. The research facility called Kazachya Bukhta, not far from Sevastopol, which explores the military use of common bottlenose dolphins, the best-k [...]
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MH370 lost, plane went down in Indian Ocean, no survivors – Malaysia Airlines
Malaysian airlines have announced beyond any reasonable doubt that flight MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has made an announcement, saying “It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Ind [...]
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What An Amazing Dam. Wait…What’€™s That? Are Those…? No Way!
This is just an ordinary dam in a National Park in Northern Italy. But wait, there is something hidden within the picture. Can you see it? Well how about now? No? Then keep scrolling down. Wait.. are those... Just Amazing! [...]
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Teen Laura Dekker’s Record-Breaking Sail Around the World
14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out—camera in hand—on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted att [...]
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Rescue saga: US ship heads to free two trapped icebreakers in Antarctic
American vessel the Polar Star, the US Coast Guard's only active heavy polar icebreaker, is heading to the Antarctic to rescue over 120 crewmembers aboard Russian and Chinese ships trapped in heavy sea ice. [...]
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