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Some birds smell to navigate, experiment shows

PARIS: At least one species of sea-faring birds uses its sense of smell to navigate over ocean waters, according to a novel experiment described in a study released on Tuesday. Temporarily deprived of the ability to smell, Scopoli's…

Billions of tons of plastic trash accumulating on Earth

MIAMI: The world has a plastic problem. More than 9.1 billion tons (8.3 metric tons) of it have been produced on Earth, with most dumped into landfills or the oceans, US researchers said on Wednesday. The report in the journal Science…

Planet in star system next door may have ocean

PARIS: A rocky planet discovered in the "habitable" zone of the star nearest our Sun may be covered with oceans, researchers at France's CNRS research institute said Thursday. A team including CNRS astrophysicists have calculated the size…

SpaceX to launch ocean satellite

LOS ANGELES: A $180 million satellite to study the world's oceans in a changing climate will blast off Sunday atop a Falcon 9 rocket, which SpaceX will try to land on a floating platform after launch.