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Caves discovered in Patagonia may unlock secrets of how continents formed

Chilean and French scientists have discovered a network of underground caves on a remote island in Patagonia that could provide valuable clues as to how continents were formed. The group found the system of around 20 limestone caves this week during a research trip to Diego de Almagro island off the far southwest coast

Watch out Sea World: California bill would ban orca shows, captive breeding

A California lawmaker introduced a bill on Friday to ban live performances and captive breeding of killer whales in the state, a measure that would force the SeaWorld San Diego marine theme park to end is popular “Shamu” shows. The measure was introduced by state Assemblyman Richard Bloom, who told a news conference his

Over 95 percent of Chinese cities failed to meet government’s environmental standards

Almost all Chinese cities monitored for pollution last year failed to meet state standards, the vice-minister of environmental protection said on Saturday as he outlined the country’s plans to redress the environmental consequences of rapid industrialization. Out of the 74 cities that Beijing monitored, 71 had various degrees of problems, Wu Xiaoqing said at

U.S. Geological Survey confirms: Human activity caused 5.7 quake in Oklahoma

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) issued a press release yesterday indicating that the magnitude 5.7 earthquake that struck Prague, Oklahoma in 2011 was unintentionally human-induced. The USGS claims that the magnitude 5.0 earthquake triggered by waste-water injection the previous day “trigger a cascade of earthquakes, including a larger one, has important implications

Neil de Grasse Tyson explains why there is no center of the universe

The universe has no center, said Neil de Grasse Tyson. The astrophysicist was asked on his “Star Talk” syndicated radio show if it would be possible to find the center of the universe, and locate where the Big Bang occurred, by determining which direction the universe was expanding. But Tyson said that was impossible,

Financial ‘vicious cycle’ traps poor women caregivers

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Caring for aging parents can be a burden for anyone, but poor women are more likely to need to take it on and to enter a financial downward spiral as a result, a recent study suggests. Women with better financial resources can afford paid healthcare for

Ancient statue of King Amenhotep III’s daughter unearthed in Egypt

CAIRO (Reuters) – A statue of the daughter of King Amenhotep III, grandfather of Tutankhamen and ruler of Egypt around 3,350 years ago, has been unearthed by a team of Egyptian and European archaeologists. The statue of Princess Iset was discovered at the temple of her pharaoh father on the western bank of the

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