Oregon State University (OSU) scientists said Thursday that there are about 13 pounds of organisms per square foot on the 66-foot-long dock, which has been traced to the Northeast coast of Japan. Tests show that the dock is not contaminated with radiation from the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown after the tsunami, but it did bring with it the danger of invasive species.
[Full Story: 100 Tons of 'Alien' Sea Life Wash Up With Tsunami Dock]
A research assistant professor at the University of Miami, and the director of its R. J. Dunlap Marine Conservation Program, Hammerschlag spends every other weekend in southern Florida dragging baited, shark-safe lines behind a boat, hoping one of his research subjects will take a bite.
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The wild cat conservation organization Panthera set up hidden cameras, called camera traps, in an oil palm plantation in Colombia's Magdalena River valley. They ended up capturing photos of two male jaguars and a female jaguar with cubs, as well as a video of a male jaguar.
[Full Story: Rare Photos Reveal Elusive Jaguar Cubs on Oil Plantation]
That's just one of the activities that a group of British scientists and technical staff wintering over at the Halley Research Station on Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf participated in to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
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The Whitewater-Baldy fire, which was sparked by a lightning strike on May 16, has burned roughly 377 square miles (976 square kilometers) as of today (June 4), making it the largest wildfire in New Mexico history. NASA's Aqua spacecraft captured a view of the conflagration from space, showing vast plumes of smoke billowing over the rugged Gila National Forest near the borders with Arizona and Mexico.
[Full Story: Huge New Mexico Wildfire Spotted by NASA Satellite]
Lines in the Sand
These sand dunes shown here in the Great Sand Sea of southwest Egypt are easily spotted from space, as in this image taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Local maps show that these dunes rise 66 to 98 feet (20 to 30 meters) above the surrounding plains, according to a NASA statement.
[Full Story: Earth from Space: Linear Sand Dunes]
Analysis by NASA scientists found that the hole was caused by sinking air associated with a high pressure system off the surface of the Great Australian Bight, a huge bay to the continent's south. The oval-shaped hole was cut out from a blanket of marine stratocumulus clouds.
[Full Story: Huge Cloud Hole Photographed by Satellite]