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Trillion Ton Iceberg Breaks Free From Antarctica

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on July 24, 2017
Trillion Ton Iceberg Breaks Free From Antarctica

Sometime between July 10 and 12, a massive iceberg, the size of the US state of Delaware broke free from Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf. The crack that led to the separation was visible in the first images of the ice shelf captured by NASA satellites in 1963. However, the rift remained dormant for decades before suddenly spreading northwards and widening by 18 miles between 2011 and 2015 and then an additional 13 miles in 2016. As of last month, the iceberg, named A-68 by the US National Ice Center, was hanging by a thread and experts knew it was just a matter of time before it broke free.

It's Summer!

By Meera Dolasia on July 7, 2017
It's Summer!

Summer’s here, which means it’s time for the DOGOnews team to take a short break and prepare for the upcoming school year. We will be back in a few weeks with more exciting news articles. Meanwhile, be sure to browse through the over 3,000 published articles and see what you might have missed or re-discover some old favorites.

Flatworm Returns From Space With Two Heads!

By Kim Bussing on July 5, 2017
Flatworm Returns From Space With Two Heads!

Worms are not the first thing that come to mind when one thinks of space travelers. However, that is exactly what the researchers from Tufts University decided to send to the International Space Station (ISS) on January 10, 2015. Some were left whole, others had their head or tail sliced off, while a few poor souls went to space with neither head nor tail! The group of planarian flatworms (Dugesia japonica) selected for their ability to regenerate any body part, were in varying states. Some were left whole, others had their head or tail sliced off, while a select few were shipped with neither head nor tail!

Adorable Pooch Fired From Police Force For Being Too Friendly Lands A Better Job

By Sona Dolasia on July 2, 2017
Adorable Pooch Fired From Police Force For Being Too Friendly Lands A Better Job

When six-week-old Gavel arrived at the Government House, the official residence of the Governor of Queensland, in April 2016, everyone thought it would be for just a short period. The adorable purebred German Shepherd was, after all, being trained to become a Queensland Police Service (QPS) dog to help officials chase down criminals. Given that five members of his extended family are currently in the force, there was little doubt of his success.

Mystery Of California's Albino Redwoods May Be Finally Solved

By Sarah Benton Feitlinger on June 30, 2017
Mystery Of California's Albino Redwoods May Be Finally Solved

To say that California’s redwoods are amazing is an understatement. The majestic trees that have been around for millions of years have a lifespan of up to 2,000 years and can reach heights of over 300 feet, so tall that the tops are often invisible. Over the years, researchers have been able to discover a lot about these sturdy survivors that are resistant to pests, fire, and rot, grow three to ten feet a year, and capture more human-generated carbon dioxide (CO2) than any other tree on Earth.

Alaska Fishermen Grapple With Killer Whale "Bandits"

By Meera Dolasia on June 26, 2017
Alaska Fishermen Grapple With Killer Whale "Bandits"

Pods of crafty orcas in Alaska’s Bering Sea have figured out an easy way to get fed. Instead of seeking out the fish themselves, the clever whales chase down fishing boats and steal the entire day’s catch, as much as 20,000 to 30,000 pounds of halibut and black cod, in a single swoop.

Meet Martin Riese — America's First Water Sommelier

By Kim Bussing on June 23, 2017
Meet Martin Riese — America's First Water Sommelier

Sommeliers are usually defined as wine experts that recommend meal pairings at restaurants. Not Martin Riese. He is America’s first and only sommelier who helps patrons select the best water to go with their choice of food. The 41-year-old discovered his unique skill of being able to distinguish the subtle differences in the taste of waters from different regions at a young age while touring Europe with his family.

The Once Pristine Henderson Island Is Now Covered With Plastic Waste

By Kim Bussing on June 21, 2017
The Once Pristine Henderson Island Is Now Covered With Plastic Waste

Henderson Island in the south Pacific Ocean has always been known for its remarkable biological diversity and untouched ecology. Now, the remote UNESCO World Heritage site that lies 3,100 miles (5,000 km) from the closest human settlement, can also lay claim to being one of the most polluted places on Earth.

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