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Larvaceans provide a pathway for transporting microplastics into deep-sea food webs

Over the last decade, scientists have discovered tiny pieces of plastic in many ocean waters, and even in deep-sea mud. However, they know very little about how microplastics are transported ...

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How "Snowball Earth" led to the evolution of complex life

For billions of years bacteria dominated the globe, but at some point a major transition occurred and complex multicellular life began to take hold. The when and why of this transition ...

7 hours ago from Gizmag

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Radioactive 'pooh sticks' trace carbon's ocean journey

Scientists trace nuclear waste from Sellafield over 15,000km to Bermuda to see how the ocean transports carbon.

12 hours ago from BBC News

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There are almost 100 new volcanoes hiding under Antarctic ice

The 91 newly found volcanoes lurk beneath the vulnerable West Antarctic ice sheet and could accelerate its demise

Tue 15 Aug 17 from Newscientist

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Mosses used to evaluate atmospheric conditions in urban areas

Researchers have developed a method to evaluate atmospheric conditions using mosses (bryophytes) in urban areas, a development that could facilitate broader evaluations of atmospheric environments.

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NASA sees wind shear battering Banyan

NASA's Terra satellite captured an infrared image of Typhoon Banyan that showed the strongest storms were being pushed northeast of the center from wind shear.

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How future volcanic eruptions will impact Earth's ozone layer

The next major volcanic eruption could kick-start chemical reactions that would seriously damage the planet's already besieged ozone layer.

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Fracking: Shale rock professor says UK gas reserves 'hyped'

UK shale deposits were formed 55 million years too late to trap large amounts of gas, a professor warns.

4 hours ago from BBC News

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Study dates origin of plant photosynthesis to 2.1 billion years ago

Without photosynthesising plants, life as we know it would be impossible. A new study says it all began when a single-celled organism captured a cyanobacteria more than 2 billion years ...

Wed 16 Aug 17 from Cosmos Magazine

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Pen Hadow sets sail for North Pole as Arctic ice melts

Can 10 men and a dog, led by British explorer Pen Hadow, become the first to sail to the North Pole?

Tue 15 Aug 17 from BBC News

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