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Scientists Discover Giant Deep-Sea Coral Reef Off Atlantic Coast

Scientists Discover Giant Deep-Sea Coral Reef Off Atlantic CoastTHE ATLANTIC OCEAN — As the research vessel Atlantis made its way out to sea



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Sightings, satellites help track mysterious ocean giant

Sightings, satellites help track mysterious ocean giantThe sight of a basking shark’s brooding silhouette gliding through the waters off western France is more than just a rare treat for sailors — it is a boon for scientists trying to trace its secretive migrations across the globe. It may be the world’s second largest fish, growing to more than 10 metres (35 feet), but the basking shark, or Cetorhinus maximus, is an enigma for scientists eager to help preserve the plankton-eating giant after centuries of overfishing. Hunted voraciously for its massive fin — highly prized for sharks’ fin soup in China — as well as its oily liver and meat, global populations of basking shark declined precipitously during the 20th century.



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Kansas Postal Worker Finds Giant Boa Constrictor Wrapped Around Mailbox

Kansas Postal Worker Finds Giant Boa Constrictor Wrapped Around MailboxNo letters for these folks today!



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Texas College Senior Poses With Giant Alligator Known as 'Big Tex' in Jaw-Dropping Photos

Texas College Senior Poses With Giant Alligator Known as 'Big Tex' in Jaw-Dropping PhotosMackenzie Noland is interning at Gator Country, a sanctuary in Beaumont, Texas.



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Trump Proposes Gutting Fuel Economy Rules In ‘Giant Giveaway’ To Big Oil, Automakers

Trump Proposes Gutting Fuel Economy Rules In ‘Giant Giveaway’ To Big Oil, AutomakersThe White House proposed dramatically weakening fuel economy standards on



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Handy engineering: Vietnam's 'Golden Bridge' has giant support

Handy engineering: Vietnam's 'Golden Bridge' has giant supportIn the mountains of central Vietnam, a colossal pair of hands lifts a golden thread of walkway high above the clifftops, as if the mountain itself has sprouted limbs. “I feel like I’m walking on clouds,” said Vuong Thuy Linh, a tourist from Hanoi. Cau Vang or the “Golden Bridge” in Vietnam’s Ba Na Hills has attracted scores of tourists since it opened in June, eager to see a novel piece of architecture famed for its unusual design.



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Birth of a planet captured for first time as gas giant bigger than Jupiter swirls into existence

Birth of a planet captured for first time as gas giant bigger than Jupiter swirls into existenceEven by astronomical standards it is a discovery that is out of this world. Scientists have for the first time witnessed the birth of a planet, a huge gas giant many times the size of Jupiter, swirling into existence 370 light years from Earth.  The theory of how gas planets form from a vortex of hydrogen and helium molecules captivated by their own gravity, is now widely accepted by scientists. But it has never been seen before, until now. Today scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Heidelberg and the SPHERE instrument consortium at the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, released a spectacular image of the birth  The planet, currently known as PDS 70b, is shown orbiting within a huge spinning ‘protoplanetary disc’ of gas and dust, which proves it is continuing to accumulate matter, and so is not yet fully formed.  The newborn sits within a 5.4 million year old solar system, orbiting a star called PDS 70 at a distance of 1.8 billion miles.  The planet stands out clearly in the image, visible as a bright point to the right of the blackened centre. The dark region at the centre of the image is due to a coronagraph, a mask which blocks the blinding light of the central star and allows astronomers to detect the faint light from the planet. “For our study, we selected PDS 70, a star that was already suspected of having a young planet circling around it,” says Miriam Keppler, doctoral student at MPIA. “These discs around young stars are the birthplaces of planets, but so far only a handful of observations have detected hints of baby planets in them. Space exploration | Recent exciting discoveries “The problem is that until now, most of these planet candidates could just have been features in the disc." This glimpse of the dust-shrouded birth of a planet was only possible because of ESO's SPHERE instrument, which studies exoplanets and discs around nearby stars using a technique known as high-contrast imaging.  Using the instrument, astronomers were able measure the brightness of the planet at different wavelengths, and find out its composition.  It is located roughly three billion kilometres from the central star, roughly equivalent to the distance between Uranus and the Sun. The planet takes about 120 years to orbit its host star.  Spectral analysis shows PDS 70 b is a giant gas planet, with a mass a few times that of Jupiter and a surface temperature of around 1,000C, making it much hotter than any planet in our own solar system.  Signs of life in our Solar System Thomas Henning, director at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and leader of the teams, summarises the scientific adventure: "After more than a decade of enormous efforts to build this high-tech machine, now SPHERE enables us to reap the harvest with the discovery of baby planets.” To date, astronomers have discovered around 3,800 exoplanets outside of the solar system but have never seen one being born. “The results give us a new window onto the complex and poorly-understood early stages of planetary evolution," said Dr André Müller, leader of the second team to investigate the young planet.  “We needed to observe a planet in a young star's disc to really understand the processes behind planet formation." 



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Chinese ride-sharing giant Didi picks Australia for first Western foray

Chinese ride-sharing giant Didi picks Australia for first Western foraySYDNEY/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Didi Chuxing Technology Co Ltd, the Chinese ride-sharing company that bought the mainland operations of Uber Technologies Inc, will begin offering its service this month in Australia, its first foray in a Western-style country. The scheduled June 25 launch in Australia’s second biggest city Melbourne sets Didi up for a showdown with the U.S. rival it bought out in China in exchange for a stake. Didi started expanding outside Asia in Mexico earlier this year, and has said globalisation is a core strategy.



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Skeleton of Roman beheaded by giant flying rock slab found at Pompeii

Skeleton of Roman beheaded by giant flying rock slab found at PompeiiThe skeleton of a Roman man who was decapitated by a giant slab of rock has been discovered by archeologists in Pompeii. They believe the man, aged in his thirties, was attempting to flee the eruption of Mt Vesuvius when the 300kg rock slammed into him, beheading him and killing him instantly. He had struggled to escape the doomed city because he had an infection in his leg. Archeologists found the rock sticking out of the ground at an angle, with the remains of the man protruding and intact from the chest down. The rock, which they think may have been part of a stone doorway, was hurled into the air by the force of the eruption, which devastated Pompeii in AD79. Archeologists say the man was fleeing the eruption but was impeded by a leg bone infection Credit: Pompeii archeological site The skeleton was uncovered in an area of new excavations, close to a newly-discovered alleyway of houses with balconies. Massimo Osanna, the director general of the archaeological site, called the discovery "dramatic and exceptional". “A formidable stone block (perhaps a door jamb), violently thrown by the volcanic cloud, collided with his upper body, crushing the highest part of the thorax and yet-to-be-identified head, which probably lies under the stone block,” archeologists said in a statement. The experts found lesions on his tibia which indicate a serious bone infection. That “could have caused significant walking difficulties, enough to impede the man's escape at the first dramatic signs which preceded the eruption,” they said. Earlier this month, archeologists made another unusual discovery – the carbonised remains of a horse which died during the eruption of Vesuvius. The remains of a Roman horse were found earlier this month Credit: Pompeii archeological site The horse was found in the remains of a large Roman villa, which tomb raiders had been excavating illegally in search of artefacts and valuables. By pumping plaster into the space where the horse was found, experts produced an accurate cast of the animal. It was the first time that a cast was made of a horse at Pompeii – the technique has previously been used for the human victims of the cataclysmic eruption. Experts believe the horse was used in military parades and ceremonies. It was found in the remains of a stable attached to the villa.



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Hawaii volcano latest: Giant new fissure opens, flinging ballistic rock and lava bombs into sky

Hawaii volcano latest: Giant new fissure opens, flinging ballistic rock and lava bombs into skyA new giant fissure has opened in the Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano blasting ballistic rock and lava into the sky. Officials called for more evacuations as residents feared a potential major eruption at volcano’s summit, as Hawaii County Civil Defence issued an emergency alert after its discovery. Lava from the fissure, which measures about 1,000 feet (300 meters) long, led to an “unidentified structure” being destroyed – bringing the total number of homes and other buildings lost to the volcano to nearly 40.



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