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The outlying regions around the Southern Pinwheel galaxy, or M83, are highlighted in this composite image from NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer and the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array in New Mexico.

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Orca pod ... great white shark? no problem. these guys eat them ... and polar bears ... big appetite

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A nanometer is one billionth of a meter. New science and technology based on the nanometer refers to the ability to manipulate individual atoms and molecules to build machines on a scale of nanometers or to create materials and structures from the bottom up with novel properties.Nanotechnology, according to the National Science Foundation, could change the way almost everything is designed and made, from automobile tires to vaccines to objects not yet imagined.

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Fossil Crinoids (Uintacrinus socialis), Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

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Most plastic pollution at sea starts out on land as litter on beaches, streets and sidewalks. After plastics enter the marine environment they slowly photodegrade into smaller pieces that marine life can mistake for food, sometimes with fatal results. Ocean gyres concentrate plastic pollution in five main areas of the world’s ocean and various research groups are bringing back alarming data documenting plastics impacts.

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.The Cosmic Ray Energetics And Mass (CREAM VI) balloon, designed by scientists at the University of Maryland, is currently floating in near space, 126,000ft above Antarctica, to gather data on high-energy cosmic rays that reach Earth. Written by Robert Jones

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from BBC News

In pictures: Science meets art

Cosmic Web

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from MNN - Mother Nature Network

What can 1 million trees do? [infographic]

1 million trees

from Scoop.it

nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) News - Antarctic ice core sheds new light on how the last ice age ended - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) News - Antarctic ice core sheds new light on how the last ice age ended - US National Science Foundation (NSF) | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues