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News in Science and Nature

A giant iceberg is on a collision course with Australia. Icebergs are not uncommon, but this one, created when a large block of ice broke off the Ross Ice Shelf in 2000, is very large and is the equivalent of 87 square miles in area. It will most likely break up into smaller ice bergs, but if the iceberg did hit the continental shelf at Australia, it would trigger a large earthquake,  Times Online.

Russia admitted that a failed test of its new intercontinental missile was responsible for brilliant light over Norway Wednesday night, Fox News. Computer simulation of how the mysterious giant spiral could have happened, Gizmodo.

Thousands of fish are dying as the Manaquiri River in Brazil dries up due to drought, Al Jazeera.

A new dinosaur that was related to the T. rex has been found in New Mexico, BBC News.

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Lighter Links: Crime Fighters, Snooze Buttons, and All About Antarctica

If you need a break from our hard-hitting news coverage, check out these links:

  • Cincinnati’s new crime fighter wears a mask and cape and calls himself “Shadow Hare.” The 21-year-old man from Milford, Ohio is said to make Citizen’s arrests when he sees crime happening, WLWT.
  • Have you ever wondered why does the snooze button last nine minutes?
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about Antarctica, including how to get there is at Cool Antarctica. Werner Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World is an excellent documentary about life, human and nonhuman, on and under Antarctica.

Scenic Photo of a Person in Antarctica

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Hundreds of Same-Sex Couples Marry in Iowa

Hundreds of same-sex couples were married in Iowa yesterday on the first day that the Iowa court ruling allowing such unions took effect, USA Today. Iowa, Vermont and Massachusetts are the only US states that recognize same-sex marriage. Last year the Supreme Court of California overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. However, that ruling was overturned by Proposition 8, an item on the November 2008 ballot which put the restrictions back in place. Iowans who wish to overturn the ruling are hoping to add an amendment to the Iowa state constitution, but will have to wait until 2012 for the amendment to be put on a ballot, Washington Post.

The New York Times reports that borders are tightening on swine flu fears. Canada urges citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to Mexico, Globe and Mail. Check the CDC’s emergency information Twitter feed for the latest official information. It also appears CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta has started a Twitter  feed.

Air Force One photo shoot causes evacuations in New York City. The White House Military Office chose New York as the site for an update of photos of the President’s plane. The large Boeing 747 flew low over the city reminding many in New York and New Jersey of the events of September 11th. President Obama says he is “furious” that his office used such poor judgment in not informing the public of the photo shoot, CNN.

Analysis of the media obsession with the 100 days marking President Obama’s time in office, NPR. Tomorrow is Obama’s 100th day in office, although the story notes that “Obama will not actually complete 100 days in office until 1 p.m. on April 30, which would be 2,400 hours after he took the oath of office at noon on Jan. 20 (note one hour of adjustment for daylight saving time).”

Part of the Wilkins Ice Shelf roughly the size of New York City in Antarctica has broken off into icebergs this month, Globe and Mail.

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