Science

Scientists find fish thriving under half a mile of Antarctic ice

The WISSARD Deep Field Site is located 530 miles from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica's Ross Sea (Photo by J. Raine)

Using a specialized hot-water drill to cleanly bore through half a mile of ice, scientists found fish populations thriving in the dark, cold Antarctic. The WISSARD research project is focused both on the geology and biology of the area and will yield valuable information about the mechanics of ice sheets and their potential effects on sea-level rise.

Great Pics, News, Oceanography

This is what the underneath of an iceberg looks like

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We often say that you only see 10% of the iceberg, the rest being underwater. US photographer Alex Cornell actually got the chance to see that – during a trip to Antarctica, he managed to take pictures of an extremely rare phenomenon: a flipped iceberg.

News, Space, Technology

Google Invests $1 billion in SpaceX for Global Internet

Elon Musk, the mastermind behind SpaceX. Image via ABC News.

SpaceX, the company responsible for shipping cargo on and off the International Space Station, which wants to implement global access to the internet with a swarm of satellites, has confirmed a $1 billion investment from Google and Fidelity.

Environmental Issues, News

BP’s fine for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be lower than expected

An oiled Brown Pelican near Grande Isle, Louisiana. Image via Wiki Commons.

A federal judge decided this week that British Petroleum will pay a maximum of $13.7 billion for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, saying that the oil spill was not as extensive as United States officials claimed. The sum is several billions lower than all parties involved were expecting – except for BP, of course.

Animals, Environment, News

Ocean life facing major extinction

The oceans are likely heading towards a mass extinction, if we don't act fast. Image via Mafia Island.

In a groundbreaking analysis based on data extracted from hundreds of studies, scientists concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented and irreparable damage to the ocean environments. The patterns are clear, and extremely worrying, researchers say – but we still have time to act.

Climate, News, Renewable Energy

Solar sector added jobs 20 times faster than the US average in 2014

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According to a report issued by the  Solar Foundation, jobs in the solar industry were added at a rate 20 times that of the national average. In absolute numbers, 31,000 solar jobs were added in the U.S. between November 2013 and November 2014, bringing the total number of employees to 173,807, 87 percent more than five years ago. Solar catching up The report

News, Space

US astronauts evacuated as ammonia leak threatened the ISS [UPDATE: no leak, hatch reopened]

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The threat of a possible ammonia leak in the US sector of the International Space Station (ISS) forced the American astronauts to abandon their research and relocate to the Russian quarters. The hatch was reopened hours later after no leak was detected, NASA reported. Mission control, NASA/ESA confirmed there was no ammonia leak, hoping to get astronauts back into USOS as soon

Geology, Videos

Crazy Footage of the Earth opening and closing during Japanese earthquake

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The 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan was one of the worst geological events ever experienced by humanity. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake lasted approximately six minutes. An American tourist in Japan captured amazing footage of the earth opening up and then closing during the earthquake.