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Cod fall may speed 'toxic tide'

Declining fish stocks could be partly responsible for algal blooms in the oceans, researchers have found.

Scientists found that the fall in cod stocks in the Baltic Sea in recent decades increased numbers of the tiny marine plants that produce the blooms.


U.S. envoy: Myanmar deaths may top 100,000

Myanmar Girl
A girl drinks water from a container as her homeless family eat donated food in the outskirts of Yangon on May 7.

The death toll from the cyclone that ravaged the Irrawaddy delta in Myanmar may exceed 100,000, the senior U.S. diplomat in the military-ruled country said Wednesday.


Earthquake: Ready To Rumble In Reno?

Rumble In Reno
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Cal Orey says her Brittany spaniels, Simon
and Seth, help her predict seismic events.

Tiny earthquakes have been swarming near Reno for weeks, and seismic experts are trying to gauge whether things are settling down or heading toward a bigger rumble. All this is making some of the region's residents jittery - including Cal Orey, who lives near Lake Tahoe and issues earthquake predictions based on such things as headaches, pet behavior and moon phases.


The world's first bionic sea creature: Winter the dolphin gets a prosthetic tail

Two years ago Winter was the dolphin that could not swim.

Instead of powering through the water with a flick of her tail, the bottlenose could barely waggle from side to side.

She had lost her tail in a crab trap at just two months old and was found floating in distress off the coast of Florida.

Rescuers got her to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida where staff fought to save her life.

Winter survived but there was a problem ... where her tail should have been there was only a stump.

Bionic Dolphin
The world's first bionic sea creature: Winter now swims and splashes around like any normal dolphin


Earthquake felt in US, St. Louis area

A magnitude 2.7 earthquake centered near Fenton, Mo., shook the St. Louis region around 6:25 a.m. today.


Flood and landslide dangers continue in Norway

Floods In Otta
A photo from the landslide area of Otta.

Although most of those who were evacuated from their homes in Otta after Friday's landslides have returned home, flood warnings continue in many areas in southeast Norway.

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6.8 M earthquake strikes near Honshu Island

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake struck near the east coast of Japan's Honshu island in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.


Globe may be cooling on Global Warming

Australia, the land where sinks drain the other way, has alerted Americans that we see Earth's climate upside down: We're not warming. We're cooling.

"Disconcerting as it may be to true believers in global warming, the average temperature on Earth has remained steady or slowly declined during the past decade, despite the continued increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, and now the global temperature is falling precipitously." Dr. Phil Chapman wrote in The Australian on April 23. "All those urging action to curb global warming need to take off the blinkers and give some thought to what we should do if we are facing global cooling instead."


Flashback Aussie Finds Meteorite Crater on Google Earth

Sydney: A rare meteorite impact crater in remote Western Australia has been discovered by an Australian geologist using Google Earth.

The Hickman Crater, located in the Pilbara region around 1000 km northeast of Perth, was named for its discoverer, Arthur Hickman, who was using Google Earth to conduct research on channel ore deposits.

If confirmed, the Hickman Crater will be Australia's second largest preserved rim crater - one that has not eroded significantly from its original shape. The crater's rim, which is 80 per cent preserved, stands 30 m above its floor, and consists mainly of rhyolite, a rock similar to granite.

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The Hickman Crater as viewed from satellite

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Chile volcano blasts ash 20 miles high, forcing evacuations

Santiago, Chile - The long-dormant Chaiten volcano blasted ash some 20 miles (30 kilometers) into the Andean sky on Tuesday, forcing thousands to evacuate and fouling a huge stretch of the South American continent.