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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Things of Earth and Space

Ice on garden flowers in Oklahoma City, during the ice storms in parts of the US. Sent in to the BBC by Seth McNayrIce on garden flowers in Oklahoma City, during the ice storms in parts of the US.
  1. Saturn's iconic rings may be much older than first thought.
  2. The Moon is just three days away, while Mars is at least six months away, by shuttle craft.
  3. Nasa says its discovered evidence of a past environment that would have been perfect for microbial life on Mars.
  4. German and UK professors say the world is more than 50% likely to experience dangerous levels of climate change.
  5. Scientific studies in the US indicate northern polar waters could be ice-free in summers within just 5-6 years.
  6. What may be the oldest known remains of a polar bear have been uncovered on the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic.
  7. Evidence has been found which shows mammoth and other great beasts from the last ice age were blasted with material that came from space.
  8. Fossils of a massive dinosaur unearthed a decade ago in the Republic of Niger, Africa, have been recognised as belonging to a new species.
  9. The long-eared jerboa, a tiny nocturnal mammal that is dwarfed by its enormous ears, can be found in deserts in Mongolia and China.
  10. A kangaroo met an unlikely death after it bounded into the surf in southern Australia and was mauled by a shark, according to eyewitnesses.
  11. A map thought to have been drawn exactly 500 years ago by a monk in the present-day French region of Lorraine contains the first known use of the word "America".
  12. One of the world's most remote islands is under the sovereignty of the British Crown. Tristan da Cunha is situated 2,800 km west of Cape Town, South Africa, and has only a community of 275 people. It was allocated a postal code in 2005.
  13. Whitehaven in Cumbria was the first UK town to switch off analogue TV.
  14. The body's internal clock, a highly sensitive mechanism able to anticipate changes in the environment, regulates a host of body functions, from sleep patterns to metabolism and behaviour.
  15. Nurses are legally entitled to strike but the Royal College of Nursing, which represents two thirds of all nurses, has a ruling that they should only walk out where it is not detrimental to the well-being or interests of patients.
  16. There are now 70 million blogs in existence; 120,000 new ones spring up every day.
  17. According to some estimates, as many as 6.8 million adults in the UK lack basic qualifications, and have skills needs in numeracy, literacy and information technology.
  18. Bill Gates believes in lifelong learning.
  19. Major music labels' back catalogues are often bulging with old tunes that they have neither the patience nor the expertise to market effectively.
  20. Would you like to enlarge your manhood?

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