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78-foot wave off New Zealand largest ever in Southern Hemisphere

78-foot wave off New Zealand largest ever in Southern Hemisphere

Science
May 11 (UPI) -- Scientists believe a 78-foot wave that formed off the coast of New Zealand this week is the largest wave ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere. A storm close to the Southern Ocean's Campbell Island, a low-pressure system and 65-knot winds helped create prime conditions for the wave to form. "To our knowledge, it is the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere," said Tom Durrant, senior oceanographer at New Zealand's MetService, adding the Southern Ocean is the "most energetic part" of the world's oceans for producing waves. A buoy recorded the 80-foot wave, but Durrant said the storm likely created bigger waves in other locations. The Southern Ocean comprises the southernmost waters of the world's ocean, the water surrounding Antarctica. Storms generated t...
Kew Gardens: World's largest glasshouse reopens

Kew Gardens: World's largest glasshouse reopens

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceLondon's Kew Gardens is to reopen its Temperate House - the world's largest Victorian glasshouse - after a five-year restoration. For the first time in its history, the Grade I-listed structure was "stripped back to bare metal" and modernised. More than 5,280 litres (1,160 gallons) of paint was used, enough to cover four football pitches, and 15,000 panes of glass replaced. The house will open to the public on Saturday, 5 May.The vast greenhouse is now home to a geographically arranged collection of 10,000 plants from of temperate climates around the world - areas sometimes described as "the Goldilocks zone" of the planet, where plants are safe from frost. These include some of the rarest and most threatened specimens, for which the botanic garde...
Queen commissions British Royal Navy's largest ship

Queen commissions British Royal Navy's largest ship

Business
Dec. 7 (UPI) -- England's Queen commissioned the Royal Navy's largest ship ever to into the fleet, the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Britain's new aircraft carrier.In a ceremony Thursday at Her Majesty's Naval Base Portsmouth, Royal Navy Capt. Jerry Kyd, read the commissioning warrant."Today marks the start of a hugely significant chapter for the Royal Navy, and indeed the nation, as the future flagship is commissioned into Her Majesty's fleet," British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said."It is an honor to witness the crowning moment of an extraordinarily busy year for the Royal Navy that has seen us name the second carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, cut steel on the first Type 26 frigates and launch the National Shipbuilding Strategy."The HMS Queen Elizabeth completed the second stage of sea t...
New study details one of biology's largest proteins

New study details one of biology's largest proteins

Science
Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered one of the largest proteins in nature. The protein serves as an anchor for the unique bacterium living in the frigid waters of Antarctica.The protein MpAFP, an "adhesion" measuring 600 nanometers in length, helps the Marinomonas promoryiensis bacterium attach itself to ice.Scientists hope their analysis of the protein structure -- detailed this week in the journal Science Advances -- can help researchers better understand how harmful bacteria adhere to human cells, and ultimately prevent them from doing so."This is a first for such an adhesin," Shuaiqi "Phil" Guo, a postdoctoral researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, said in a news release. "Moreover, it is one of the biggest proteins ever to be detailed. At a len...
The world’s largest online-travel company

The world’s largest online-travel company

Finance
NOT since the dotcom boom at the turn of the century have technology shares been on such a tear. On July 19th the S&P 500 index of information-technology stocks hit a record high, closing above its previous peak in March 2000 (see Buttonwood). As titans like Google, Facebook and Amazon hog the limelight, other firms can go unnoticed. One that deserves more attention is Priceline, the world’s largest online-travel company.Those old enough to remember the dotcom boom may still associate Priceline, which was founded in 1997, with its “name your own price” feature, which let consumers bid for hotel rooms and flights. Today it is a Goliath. Its stable of online sites for booking hotels, cars, flights and restaurants spans the world and includes Booking.com, Kayak, Agoda and OpenTable. Over