The Oceans Are Full Of Plastic, But Why Do Seabirds Eat It?

Matthew Savoca, University of California, Davis

Imagine that you are constantly eating, but slowly starving to death. Hundreds of species of marine mammals, fish, birds, and sea turtles face this risk every day when they mistake plastic debris for food.

Plastic debris can be found in oceans around the world. Scientists have estimated that there are over five trillion pieces of plastic weighing more than a quarter of a million tons floating at sea globally. Most of this plastic debris comes from sources on land and ends up in oceans and bays due largely to poor waste management.

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Experience Nature's Wrath With Coyote Peterson

Nature has untold ways of warning others not to interfere with its creatures, and yet how can we understand the potential dangers which each life-form harbors.  Coyote Peterson hosts a Youtube-based channel which tackles many of these questions head-on with some of mother nature's most painful and exotic creatures.  From bullet ants to tarantula hawks, this is not your typical nature documentary which merely educates, but subjects the body to the full sense of venomous fury.  

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Dinosaur Tail Covered in Feathers Found Perfectly Preserved

A micro-CT scan reveals the delicate feathers that cover the dinosaur tail.
PHOTOGRAPH BY LIDA XING

Scientists have just discovered the first-ever, completely preserved dinosaur tail – bones, soft tissue, and feathers, included — completely preserved in amber for the last 99-million years.

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Rare Flamboyant Cuttlefish Shows Off At The Aquarium of the Pacific

A rare species of cuttlefish called Metasepia pfefferi, more commonly known as the Flamboyant Cuttlefish shows off his true colors in this remarkable video from the Aquarium of the Pacific in California. This species of cuttlefish occurrs in tropical Indo-Pacific waters off northern Australia, southern New Guinea, as well as numerous islands of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. The flesh of this colorful cephalopod contains unique acids, making it unsuitable for consumption and thus, highly poisonous.

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NASA's MMS Captures Magnetic Reconnection in Action

Like sending sensors up into a hurricane, NASA has flown four spacecraft through an invisible maelstrom in space, called magnetic reconnection. Magnetic reconnection is one of the prime drivers of space radiation and so it is a key factor in the quest to learn more about our space environment and protect our spacecraft and astronauts as we explore farther and farther from Earth.

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Jupiter Returns as King of the Night Sky

Tanya Hill, Museum Victoria

Since January, there have not been any planets to see in the evening sky. Instead, all five bright planets have been visible in the early hours before sunrise. But now Jupiter, the king of the planets, is making a return to the night.

Jupiter reaches opposition on Tuesday, March 8, which means that it sits in the opposite part of the sky to the sun. As the sun sets in the west, Jupiter will rise in the east and we will see the planet all night long.

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