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Google Celebrates World Oceans Day With Gorgeous Street View Imagery

Google has managed to capture some truly amazing imagery for Street View over the years, and when I stop and think about how Street View didn’t even exist not all that long ago, it completely amazes me to see how far it’s come. In honor of World Oceans Day on June 8, Google is now sharing some new imagery of …

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‘Planet Earth’ Follow-up ‘Our Planet’ Coming to Netflix in 2019

Netflix has nabbed the exclusive rights to Planet Earth‘s follow-up. It’s called Our Planet, and it’s a four-year project that’ll premiere in 2019. Our Planet “will take viewers into never-before-filmed wilderness areas from the ice caps and deep ocean to deserts and remote forests, introducing them to the most precious species and places that must withstand the impact of humanity …

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Niagara Falls Frozen? Completely Frozen Only Once In History [Photo]

On Monday, the temperature at Niagara Falls dropped to 13 degrees below zero. The drop in temperature left parts of Niagara Falls frozen, while the surrounding area was covered in snow and mist. The transformation brought more tourists to the area, mostly photographers who want to photograph the majestic waterfall in its frozen state. According to CNN, while the falls …

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‘Kissing Bug’ Illnesses On the Rise in the U.S.

Members of a typically subtropical family of insects commonly known as kissing bugs have been making their way further north in the United States, while carrying the deadly Chagas disease. Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, is a parasitic ailment caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi. The parasite exists in the feces of the kissing bug (Triatoma infestans), and is spread …

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World’s Largest Flying Aquatic Insect Found in China

The world’s largest flying aquatic insect has been identified in China’s Sichuan province, according to entomologists in the region. The Insect Museum of West China said that villagers from Chengdu presented what they called “weird insects that resemble giant dragonflies with long teeth,” earlier this month. Several of the bugs were examined by museum staff, and were found to be …

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Great White Shark Bites Man Off California Beach

A great white shark attacked a man as he was swimming off of Manhattan Beach in southern California Saturday. The 7-foot-long juvenile great white was hooked by a pier fisherman at the time, and the long-distance swimmer got in the way as the shark was thrashing while trying to free itself. Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Rick Flores said …

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‘Lost’ Snake Rediscovered on Mexico Island

A species of snake not seen for almost 80 years was found on a remote island off of the Pacific coast of Mexico. Hypsiglena unaocularis, commonly known as the Clarión nightsnake, was first described by American naturalist William Beebe during his voyage to Clarión Island in 1936. Beebe encountered a single specimen, and the snake was not seen again in …

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San Andreas Fault Affected by Irrigation

The San Andreas Fault, a continental transform that runs roughly 810 miles through California, is being affected by irrigation practices in the area, according to a study by Geologist Colin Amos from Western Washington University. Readings from GPS technology have shown that water levels in the San Joaquin Valley aquifer have lowered and that the mountains nearby have simultaneously risen, …

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Bernardo Fire 50 Percent Contained

The nearly 1,600-acre bush fire that is still smoldering southwest of Rancho Bernardo, California is now 50 percent contained, according to the San Diego Fire Department. City and county fire crews comprising roughly 350 firefighters pushed back twelve flare-ups Tuesday night, and there were no flames by Wednesday morning. By 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, half of the North County fire …

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Goblin Shark Netted Off Florida Keys

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service, a commercial shrimping trawler netted an extremely rare goblin shark off of the Florida Keys on Wednesday, the second specimen ever to be recorded in the Gulf of Mexico. The fish was roughly 18 feet long, and leisurely swam away after being released. The first goblin shark sighting in …

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Whale Carcass Feared Ready to Explode

Residents of Trout River in Newfoundland, Canada fear that a blue whale carcass that washed ashore last week may be ready to explode. The stinky, 82-foot-long cetacean has been expanding due to a buildup of various gasses, and might go by the way of a putrefied sperm whale that exploded in the Faroe Islands last November. Emily Butler, Trout River …

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Iceberg Twice the Size of Atlanta Enters Ocean

An iceberg with an area almost twice the size of Atlanta has broken away from the Antarctic continent and is drifting into the ocean, which could threaten shipping lanes in the Southern Ocean during the Antarctic winter. The floating, frozen island has been named iceberg B31. Scientists have reported from NASA’s Earth Observatory that B31 spans 255 square miles and …

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