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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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October Becomes Deadliest Month in Afghanistan for U.S.

The UN is calling for Israel to immediately halt all forced evictions and demolitions of Palestinian homes. 26 people lost their homes today in East Jerusalem, including 10 children, bringing the total to 600 this year. Additionally, 60,000 people may be in risk of losing their homes, according to the UN, Xinhau.

At least 10 members of an amateur Colombian soccer team have been found dead with gunshot wounds in Venezuela, authorities said Sunday. 12 players were seized while playing a game in the neighboring country. One escaped and another is unaccounted for, Reuters.

With the deaths of eight more soldiers today, October has become the deadliest month for U.S. troops in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001. The eight were killed by multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDs). An Afghan civilian was also among the dead, BBC News.

The fossilized skull of a “sea monster” has been uncovered on the Dorset coast. The creature is believed to be a pliosaur, which ruled the ocean 150 million years ago. Judging by the skull size, the plisosaur could have been 52 feet from head to tail and weighed 12 tons, Guardian UK.

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Science Saturday: Baby Pandas, Exploding Stars, and Dinos

The San Diego Zoo welcomed the birth of a panda cub last month and the zoo has just stated that the cub is a boy and currently weighs 2.8 pounds. To see the panda live, visit the zoo’s panda cam (only broadcasted live during the day).

A fossil of a dinosaur dubbed the “giraffe of the prehistoric” has been found in China and is the first ever Early Cretaceous brachiosaur discovered in the country. The dinosaur’s official name is Qiaowanlong kangxii and it is believed the animal was close to 40 feet long and 10 feet tall, Discovery News.

New studies show that current Arctic air temperatures are the highest they have been in 2,000 years. The higher temps are a result of the increasing amount of greenhouse gas levels. Temperatures now are 2.2 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than in 1900, LiveScience.

Science Daily: Celestial Rosetta Stone: White Dwarf Star, Circling Companion Star, Could Explode In A Few Million Years.

LiveScience: Dangers in the Deep – 10 Scariest Sea Creatures.

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U.S. Prosecutor to Invstigate CIA Detainee Abuse

Four people are being sought in the murder of a Texas doctor. Dr. Jorge Mario Gonzalez, 56, was shot and killed when he arrived home to find his home being burglarized. His wife and young son were with him, but hid in a closet and were not harmed. Authorities say they do not know if the home was targeted or if it was a random act, CNN.

U.S. prosecutor John Durham has been selected to investigate CIA detainee abuse. This comes on the heels of a new report that claims CIA agents “threatened to kill a key terror suspect’s children and sexually assault another’s mother,” BBC News.

Michael Jackson’s death has reportedly been ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles County coroner. An anonymous official told the AP that lethal levels of the anesthetic propofol were found in Jackson’s system, Sky News.

Paleontologists say Angola “holds a ‘museum in the ground’ of rare fossils – some actually jutting from the earth – waiting to be discovered.” Bones were found in the 1960s, but three decades of war took hold of the country, making it impossible for paleontologists to excavate, AFP.

Breaking: President Obama will nominate Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to a second term, aides report, New York Times.

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Featured: Science Saturday

Not much news today, so check out what’s going on in the science world this week.

  • The BBC takes a look at the interesting dynamic between humans and wildlife – specifically monkeys – on the island of Bali.
  • Funny story: the Apollo 11 astronauts had to go through customs after returning from their mission to the moon.
  • Read the Science Channel’s list of the top 10 accidental inventions (preview: plastic and Coca-Cola make the list).
  • The United Kingdom is considered creating their own space agency akin to NASA. They’re holding a 12-week public consultation where the public, academics, etc. can voice their opinions on the proposal. Read more here.
  • This year’s ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico is actually smaller than initial predictions said, according to new reports. The dead zone, an area where there is not enough oxygen for plant and animal life to develop, is half the size it was originally believed to be, but is still about 3,000 square miles.
  • New images from the Hubble Telescope show debris from an object that hit Jupiter (likely a comet or asteroid). The large impact from the crash is very rare and appears to have left a gash in the planet. See the photo here.
  • Earlier this month, three new dinosaur species were discovered in Australia. They include two plant-eating and one carnivorous dinosaur, with the carnivore beating the Velociraptor in size.

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