Monthly Archives: February 2015

Killer frog disease: Chytrid fungus hits Madagascar

By Rebecca Morelle Science Correspondent, BBC News A devastating disease that has wiped out amphibians around the world has been discovered in Madagascar, scientists report. A survey has found that the chytrid fungus is present in numerous sites, although it is not clear whether it is infecting frogs yet. The island is home to 500 frog species, and researchers fear they ...

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Greek debt crisis: Violence in Athens ahead of Germany vote

BBC News : Police and protesters have clashed in Athens after the first anti-government demonstration since Greece’s leftist Syriza party took power last month. Dozens of activists hurled petrol bombs and stones at police and set cars alight after the march. The unrest came ahead of a vote by the German parliament on Friday on whether to extend financial aid ...

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Five wounded as earthquake hits Batagram

ISLAMABAD (AFP): A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck northwest Pakistan early Friday, injuring at least five people and causing minor damage, officials and seismologists said. The quake hit 37 kilometres north-northeast of the city of Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, at a depth of 28.9 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said. It was followed by two aftershocks with a magnitude of 3.2 and ...

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US sea level north of New York City ‘jumped by 128mm’

By Helen Briggs Environment Correspondent Sea levels along the northeast coast of the US rose by record levels during 2009-2010, a study has found. Sea levels north of New York City rose by 128mm in two years, according to a report in the journal, Nature Communications. Coastal areas will need to prepare for short term and extreme sea level events, say ...

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5G researchers manage record connection speed

BBC News : Record-breaking speeds have been achieved during tests of 5G data connections, scientists have said. Researchers at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) managed one terabit per second (Tbps) – many thousands of times faster than current data connections. The head of the 5GIC said he hoped to demonstrate the technology to the public in 2018. ...

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