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Science news this week: Sinking cities and tree of life mysteries
By Alexander McNamara published
May 27, 2023: Our weekly roundup of the latest science in the news over the past few days, as well as a few fascinating articles to keep you entertained over the weekend.
Over half of the world's largest lakes and reservoirs are losing water
By Kelly Oakes published
The amount lost in the last 30 years is equivalent to 17 Lake Meads — the largest reservoir in the U.S.
Manhattanhenge: What makes New York City's iconic sunset so special?
By Denise Chow last updated
Manhattanhenge, a phenomenon when the setting sun is perfectly aligned with Manhattan's grid-patterned streets, occurs twice a year with a full sunset, and twice a year with a half sunset.
Antarctic currents supplying 40% of world's deep ocean with nutrients and oxygen slowing dramatically
By Sascha Pare published
These deep ocean tides supply almost half of the world's oceans with vital nutrients and oxygen, but melting ice shelves are slowing them down.
More than 5,000 new species found in 'pristine' deep-sea wilderness. But they could soon be wiped out.
By Harry Baker published
A new study cataloged all the species uncovered by research expeditions in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, which has become a potential hotspot for deep-sea mining.
Climate change could trigger gigantic deadly tsunamis from Antarctica, new study warns
By Ben Turner published
Slippages in sediment beneath the Antarctic seabed could spawn gigantic tsunamis as oceans warm.
What happens if you skydive through a cloud?
By Amanda Heidt published
What it's like to skydive through a cloud depends in part on the type of cloud, but regardless, you'll likely end up cold and wet.
New York City may be sinking under its own weight because the buildings are too heavy, scientists warn
By Charles Q. Choi published
Scientists estimate the mass of the 1,084,954 buildings within the five boroughs of New York City is 1.68 trillion pounds.
Where is the coldest place on Earth?
By JoAnna Wendel published
There are some bone-chilling places on Earth, but what is the lowest temperature ever recorded and where was it?
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