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Newly Discovered Planet Appears To Be a “Short Timer”

A newly discovered possible exoplanet some 1,500 light years away is being shredded by the intense heat of its parent star. The team from NASA and MIT found that the planet circles its host star every 15 hours, making it one of the shortest planetary orbits ever observed, which implies that the planet orbits very [...]

Smart Car Turtle Fossil Found in Columbia

Smart Car Turtle Fossil Found in Columbia

Florida paleontologists digging in a northern Colombia coal mine have discovered the remains of a giant turtle so big it was capable of snacking on ancient alligators, according to a new report in the online version of the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. The 60-million-year-old reptile, dubbed Carbonemys cofrinii or “coal turtle,” is considered to be [...]

Plastic Shopping Bags Out in Hawaii

Plastic Shopping Bags Out in Hawaii

Perhaps because of their proximity to what has been dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Hawaiians have voted to ban the use of plastic shopping bags throughout the state by 2015. This month, Honolulu County became the final county in the island state to ban the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags at shopping centers. Voters [...]

Nearly 100 Endangered Species Making Come Back

Nearly 100 Endangered Species Making Come Back

Nearly 100 endangered species should be on track to meet federal scientists’ recovery goals, according to a new analysis by a national nonprofit organization that seeks to protect the planet’s biological diversity. The Center for Biological Diversity’s review examined population trends of 110 endangered plant and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in [...]