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Baffin Island landscapes ice-free for first time in 40,000 years

Baffin Island landscapes ice-free for first time in 40,000 years

Science
Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Rapidly retreating Arctic glaciers have revealed ancient moss and lichens, ice-free for the first in 40,000 years, according to new analysis by researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The survey of newly thawed plants, contextualized by temperature records gleaned from Greenland ice cores, suggests the Arctic is experiencing summer highs warmer than any century in 115,000 years. "The Arctic is currently warming two to three times faster than the rest of the globe, so naturally, glaciers and ice caps are going to react faster," Simon Pendleton, doctoral researcher at Boulder's Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, said in a news release. Pendleton and his colleagues radiocarbon dated plants found near the edges of 30 ice caps on Baffin Island, the fifth-larg...
Cut off from the world, an Indian island remains a mystery

Cut off from the world, an Indian island remains a mystery

Technology
For thousands of years, the people of North Sentinel Island have been isolated from the rest of the world. They use spears and bows and arrows to hunt the animals that roam the small, heavily forested island, and gather plants to eat and to fashion into homes. Their closest neighbors live more than 50 kilometers (30 miles) away. Deeply suspicious of outsiders, they attack anyone who comes through the surf and onto their beaches. Police say that is what happened last week when a young American, John Allen Chau, was killed by islanders after paying fishermen to take him to the island. "The Sentinelese want to be left alone," said the anthropologist Anup Kapur. Scholars believe the Sentinelese migrated from Africa roughly 50,000 years ago, but most details of their lives remain completely u...

Love Island star 'rushed to hospital after collapsing in pub'

Entertainment
Love Island's Amber Davies, 22, was rushed to hospital after collapsing in a pub, it has been reported.The Love Island 2017 winner was admitted to hospital after a night out in Wales amid fears she was spiked while out, according to the Sun.They reported she was out with a friend when she was seen screaming in a car park and pub staff called her an ambulance.She was taken to hospital as her mum Sue rushed to be with her, the publication claims. An onlooker said: "At about 11.20 she was walking up and down the car park with a guy. She suddenly hit the floor. She was completely unconscious."People came out of the pub to help her and put her in the recovery position. She was screaming like she was in agony."Paramedics were asking people if she’d taken anything. But no one saw h...
Volcano erupts on same Indonesian island as earlier quake

Volcano erupts on same Indonesian island as earlier quake

Technology
A volcano erupted Wednesday on the same central Indonesian island struck last week by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, and authorities warned planes about volcanic ash in the air. Mount Soputan on Sulawesi island spewed a massive column of ash more than 6,000 meters (19,700 feet) into the sky. No evacuations were immediately ordered. A government volcanologist said it's possible the eruption was accelerated by the magnitude 7.5 earthquake that struck on Friday. "It could be that this earthquake triggered the eruption, but we have seen an increase in volcanic activity since July and this began surging on Monday. Yet we can't say there a direct link, as the mountain is quite far away," Kasbani, the head of Indonesia's Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Agency, said on local tele...
Indonesian island hit by another quake, causing landslides

Indonesian island hit by another quake, causing landslides

World
A strong earthquake jolted the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, causing landslides on Mount Rinjani and damaging buildings, as it tries to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake, which was centered in the northeast of the tourist island, at magnitude 6.3 with a depth of 7 kilometers (4 miles). It was felt on the neighboring island of Bali and was preceded a few minutes earlier by a magnitude 5.4 quake, also in Lombok's northeast. An Associated Press reporter on Lombok said the tremor caused landslides on the slopes of Rinjani and panic in villages. Video shot by the Indonesian Red Cross showed huge clouds of dust billowing from the mountain's slopes. The shaking toppled motorcycles and there was damage...