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  • If it quacks like a bio-duck, it's a minke whale, scientists say

    If it quacks like a bio-duck, it's a minke whale, scientists say
    The mysterious "bio-duck" sounds in the ocean that have baffled seafarers for decades are actually calls from unseen populations of minke whales, scientists say. The discovery detailed in the journal Biology Letters will allow researchers to better track these animals even when they’re out of sight.
  • Using krypton gas to date the age of ancient ice cores

    Using krypton gas to date the age of ancient ice cores
    Scientists say they have developed a means of accurately dating Earth's oldest and densest polar ice by analyzing the composition of krypton gas trapped within ancient air bubbles. In a study published Monday in the journal PNAS, researchers used the...

    U.N. court rules Antarctic whaling by Japan illegal, orders halt

    U.N. court rules Antarctic whaling by Japan illegal, orders halt
    The United Nations' highest court on Monday ruled that Japan's Antarctic whaling operations are not for "scientific purposes" as Tokyo claims and ordered an immediate halt to the practice. In a 12-4 ruling, the International Court of Justice said ...

    Sean 'Stanley' Leary dies at 38; mountain adventurer

    Sean 'Stanley' Leary dies at 38; mountain adventurer
    When Sean "Stanley" Leary's friends heard he'd gone missing in Utah's Zion National Park, they drove hundreds of miles to help. Leary was well-known in the tight-knit world of mountain adventurers. At Yosemite National Park, he was an old hand, with...

    Volcanic heat helped Antarctic life survive the ice age

    Volcanic heat helped Antarctic life survive the ice age
    If an ice age is coming and you are a lichen in Antarctica, you better hope you live near a volcano. A new study suggests organisms native to the South Pole survived ice ages by huddling in pockets of warmth created by the heat of underground volcanoes....