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Massive iceberg threatening Greenland village moves away from coast

Massive iceberg threatening Greenland village moves away from coast

World
A massive iceberg that has been floating close to a village in Greenland and threatening its residents appears to be veering away from the coast, toward the north, officials said. The village of Innaarsuit is home to 169 residents, some of whom have been evacuated as the iceberg looms over the coast. “Fortunately, the iceberg moved further north over the weekend,” Jakob Rousøe, head of operations for Joint Arctic Command, an authority within the Danish Defense, which is supporting local police and emergency services. “Powerful wind from the south and a current headed north pushed the iceberg to the north.” It is not clear if the iceberg will continue to move north or if it could move back closer to the village. As the iceberg melts, the fear is that gr...
Iceberg 4 miles wide breaks off from Greenland glacier

Iceberg 4 miles wide breaks off from Greenland glacier

Technology
An iceberg four miles (six kilometers) wide has broken off from a glacier in eastern Greenland and scientists have captured the dramatic event on video. New York University professor David Holland, an expert in atmospheric and ocean science, told The Associated Press that "this is the largest event we've seen in over a decade in Greenland." A June 22 video of the incident was taken by his wife, Denise Holland of NYU's Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. They had camped by the Helheim Glacier for weeks to collect data to better project sea level changes due to global warming. Holland said Wednesday that the time-lapse video, which is speeded up 20 times, shows "3 percent of the annual ice loss of Greenland occur in 30 minutes." "It sounded like rockets going off," he said, describing...
Researchers isolate ancient parvovirus from human remains

Researchers isolate ancient parvovirus from human remains

Science
July 13 (UPI) -- Scientists have isolated an ancient sample of the parvovirus from human remains, which could provide researchers with detailed knowledge of extinct genetic diversity and viral phylodynamics. An international collaborative of researchers recently reported their analysis of ancient human parvovirus samples taken from the dental and skeletal remains of 1,578 people who lived between 500 and 6,900 years ago. They published the findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Airborne and bloodborne human parvovirus B19 is responsible for multiple illnesses, including the childhood rash known as fifth disease, chronic anemia in AIDS patients, arthritis in the elderly, aplastic crisis in people with bone marrow-related illness and hydrops fetalis in pregnant wo...
British diver tells Thai boys rescued from cave to 'be careful in the future'

British diver tells Thai boys rescued from cave to 'be careful in the future'

World
Before leaving Thailand, one of the members of the British dive team that helped save 12 boys and their coach trapped in a flooded cave sent some friendly words of advice to the recuperating rescuees. "We're very glad we could get you out alive. And be careful in the future," Jason Mallison, a diver for the British Cave Rescue Council, said when asked by reporters in Thailand if there was anything he wanted to tell the rescued members of the Wild Boar soccer team. Mallison and his British diving colleague, John Volanthen, were given medals of honor and certificates of appreciation by Thai military officials Thursday before they flew back to Great Britain. "Great work and we really appreciate it," a Thai military official said as he bestowed on the men the souvenir medals during a cer...
Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill hints he will retire from international football after World Cup

Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill hints he will retire from international football after World Cup

Sports
last hurrah The 32-year-old is desperate to play in the third-place play-off against Belgium on Saturday Gary Cahill will hold talks with England manager Gareth Southgate over whether he should end his international career. The Chelsea defender is desperate to face Belgium in the third-place play-off on Saturday because it could be his last game for the Three Lions. Cahill could play his last England match on Saturday Cahill, 32, has lost his place to Harry Maguire and featured just once in Russia. He said: “It is a good conversation for me to have with the manager in the coming month or so. “Any time I get an opportunity to play for England, I want to do that. I can finish my England career knowing that I have played every possib...