New Google-backed system will help track illegal fishing as it happens

A angling fleet departs from a harbor in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, Aug. 1, 2016. Overfishing in Chinese rivers and seas has seriously depleted stocks and the government is to cut the size of the nation’s fishing fleet, the agricultural ministry said .Image: Yao feng – Imaginechina The shrimp in your salad or tuna on […]

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How Florida could get hit by Hurricane Matthew twice in one week

Waves crashoff the pilings under the Jacksonville Beach Fishing Pier on Wednesday, Oct. 05, 2016. Just like with people, the history of tropical cyclones is replete with oddballs and eccentrics. Cyclones that for one reason or the other just seemed to be listening to their own compass, rather than the larger plane stream around them, […]

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Obama highlights climate change on final presidential trip-up to Asia

President Barack Obama and Marine National Monuments Superintendent Matt Brown visit Turtle Beach during a tour of Midway Atoll, Sept. 1, 2016. Image: AP Photo/ Carolyn Kaster President Barack Obama traveled to the remote, sun-scorched Midway Atoll on Thursday to highlight the threats that climate change and human activities pose to fragile ecosystems like the […]

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31 of the best space photographs of the year

The rusty red vortex of the circular, iron sculpture Seven Magic Points in Brattebergan, Norway mirror the rippling aurora above .Image: RUNE ENGEBO Bright green auroras dance above a Norwegian lagoon in just one of dozens of new photos shortlisted for a 2016 astrophotography prize. The shortlisted photos, chosen for the Insight Astronomy Photographer of […]

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Civil War-era cannonballs resurface in South Carolina after Hurricane Matthew

Officials in Charleston County, South Carolina shared this photo of Civil War-era cannonballs unearthed by Hurricane Matthew, Oct. 10, 2016. A cluster of Civil War-era cannonballs washed up on a South Carolina beach on Sunday after Hurricane Matthew whipped the southeastern U.S. coast with strong winds and heavy flooding. The U.S. Air force subsequently explosion […]

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A Japanese spacecraft designed to clean up space junk failed the coming week

Artist’s illustration of space junk orbiting Earth in 2008. Image: Space Agency/ REX/ Shutterstock Since the dawn of the space age, humans have launched amazing pieces of advanced technology to orbit. In the process, we’ve also made a whole lot of space junk. Expendable rocket stages, defunct satellites and random bits of metal traveling at […]

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