Antarctic Iceberg's "Web of Life"

57_arctic_2Recent studies and eye-witness accounts have seen a drastic increase in the amount of icebergs breaking away from Antarctica. This has been caused by the increase in global warming, with a retreat in the ice shelf surrounding mainland Antarctica.

However one bit of good news is making its way out of this, with scientists recently discovering an unexpected abundance of life surrounding these floating mammoths of ice in the Weddell Sea, part of the Antarctic's Southern Ocean. The ice shelves which used to extend roughly 3900 square-miles over the Weddell Sea completely disappeared by 2002.

It was in this sea that Shackleton's ship, the Endurance was trapped and crushed by ice in 1915.

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Polarstern Expedition -Hundreds of New Species Found in Antarctic Ocean Depths

Polarstern_800x545The current issue of Nature reveals new findings that indicate the true number of the world’s species. The world’s taxonomists currently list 1.8 million known species, but a project conducted by a German research team fathoms the number of existing species could be up to 30 million.

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Cell Phones May Wipe Out World's Bee Population

BeesScientists claim that radiation from cell phones could be responsible for the mysterious collapse of many bee colonies. Like a B-grade horror movie, it has even been suggested that our dependence on cell phones could inadvertently cause massive food shortages by causing world's crops to fail. Crops are largely dependant on pollination by bees. Albert Einstein once said that if the bees disappeared, "man would have only four years of life left".

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Biologists "Trick" Viruses into Extinction

Hivlifecycle Yale biologists are reversing the logic of species extinction by trying to trap viruses in habitats that force their extinction.

To avoid going extinct a population must not only survive, but also reproduce. Yale's Paul Turner, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, tested the practicality of luring a virus population into the wrong cells within the human body, thus preventing virus reproduction and alleviating disease. Posted by Casey Kazan

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