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Debate over Great Barrier Reef’s decline continues

Debate over Great Barrier Reef’s death continues

Earlier this month, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) of Australia warned that numerous species in the popular reef would struggle to fully recover as it is experiencing an unprecedented mass coral bleaching for the second year in a row.

Most scientists believe that reefs across the globe, including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, are dying due to global warming.

However, some coral reef experts and Republicans in particular argue that there is no strong evidence showing that manmade global warming is responsible for reef damages.

Scientists struggling to prevent total wipeout of crucial coral reefs

Scientists struggling to prevent total wipeout of crucial coral reefs

Following a recent aerial survey of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, scientists are trying to find new ways to prevent a possible total wipeout of the coral reefs.

The aerial survey showed that the Great Barrier Reef is experiencing widespread coral bleaching for the second year in a row, indicating that water temperatures remained too warm to allow corals to recover from last year’s bleaching.

Scientists warned that several coral species are now more susceptible to bleaching after more than twelve months of continued above-average ocean temperatures.

Star and black hole spotted in tight orbital dance

Star, black hole spotted in tight orbital dance

With the help of the Australia Telescope Compact Array, astronomers have discovered a star orbiting a black hole at merely 2½ times the distance between the Earth and Moon. Astronomers have limited information about black holes and the way they function. Many questions have still remained unanswered regarding black holes.

While the star is still at a distance of one million kilometers for the black hole, it is very close in astronomical terms. No star ever before has been discovered so close to a black hole.

Great Barrier Reef experiencing second year of mass coral bleaching

Great Barrier Reef experiencing second year of mass coral bleaching

Several species in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef would struggle to fully recover as the reef is experiencing an unprecedented second year of mass coral bleaching, scientists have warned.

Last year during March and April, the 1,400-mile (2,300-kilometre) reef experienced its most severe coral bleaching on record.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) said in statement that the reef is once again experiencing coral bleaching due to warmer water temperature. The statement followed an aerial survey off the country’s eastern coast on Thursday.

Australian Researchers Find Clues for Early Detection of Lung Cancer

Australian Researchers Find Clues for Early Detection of Specific Form of Lung Cancer

Australian researchers have found an innovative way of early detection of lung cancer and the process can bring a major change in detection of lung cancer by checking for ‘origin cell’. The research team at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne has found the cell that they term as the reason behind lung cancer among 30 percent of patients. The technique could help smokers and ex-smokers as basal stem cells in the airway of the lungs hold the key for early detection.

Biologists discover ruby sea dragon in the wild

Biologists discover ruby sea dragon in the wild

Marine biologists had been of the view that only two types of sea dragons existed, the leafy and weedy, until they discovered a third type in 2015. The third type of the enchanting fish, the ruby sea dragon, was first found among museum specimens; and now biologists have spotted a ruby sea dragon swimming in the wild too.

Spotted for the first time in the wild, the ruby sea dragon has deep red color and appears like a stretched-out sea horse and hump like a camel. It can curl its tail.

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Australia’s Great Barrier Reef suffers its worst coral die-off

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef suffers its worst coral die-off

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia suffered its worst coral die-off this year as warmer seas killed more than two-thirds of a 700-kilometer (435 miles) stretch of coral within the last nine-month period, researchers announced on Monday.

The Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies said in its latest report that the reef’s northern region, off the coast of Queensland, Australia, suffered a loss of 67 per cent of its shallow-water corals during the last eight to nine months.

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Four lives claimed by asthma attacks triggered by thunderstorm in Australia

Four lives claimed by asthma attacks triggered by thunderstorm in Australia

As per local reports, asthma attacks triggered by thunderstorm in Southeastern Australia have been associated with several cases of hospitalization and at least four death cases. Many people across Melbourne suffered from asthma attacks after strong thunderstorm. The rarely witnessed phenomenon caused health issues for many people in Melbourne.

Scientists capture strange radio burst from unknown source

Scientists capture strange radio burst from unknown source

Scientists are trying to map the infinite cosmos using a mysterious powerful burst of radio waves that are coming from an unknown distant source.

The so-called fast radio bursts or brilliant flashes have been captured by multiple telescopes on our planet. While no two flashes are the same, they all burst with seemingly intense amounts of energy every few seconds.

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Scientists solve mystery why do seabirds eat plastic debris

Scientists solve mystery why do seabirds eat plastic debris

Seabirds eat floating trash like plastic bags and wrappers, many times with deadly consequences. But why these birds find plastic debris so appetizing has long been a brainteaser for marine biologists.

Now, a new study has suggested that seabirds mistakenly eat plastic floating in the ocean because it smells like food. A team of biologists from UC Davis have discovered the chemical clue to why seabirds eat plastic.

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