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Passenger plane crash landed into the ocean

MICRONESIA: A passenger plane has crash-landed into the ocean around the tiny Pacific island nation of Micronesia. Fortunately, it did not end in fatalities as all 47 passengers and crew survived after the pilot missed the runway. The passengers managed to escape from the plane, and locals arrived shortly on small boats to assist with the rescue operation. Some members of the crew and passengers on board have been taken to a local hospital for treatment and are undergoing checks, however, there have been no reports…

Paramedics fulfill dying woman’s wish to see ocean for one last time

A Queensland ambulance crew melted million hearts with their extraordinary compassionate gesture when they fulfilled the wish of a patient in palliative care to go to the beach. The heartfelt moment was immortalised in a picture taken by Danielle Kellan, a member of QAS team that took the woman to the beach. The picture shows Queensland Advanced paramedic Graeme Cooper standing next to the woman looking at Fraser Island from Hervey Bay. Hervey Bay officer-in-charge, Helen Donaldson, said: “A crew were…

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 shearwaters had trouble finding their way home after embarking from the Spanish island of Menorca to forage, researchers reported in the journal Scientific Reports. The olfactory-challenged birds easily flew nearly 200 kilometres (125 miles) to the Catalan coast to gather food, but set off…

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 Advances is described as "the first global analysis of all mass-produced plastics," and warns that an even more dire scenario lies ahead. At the current pace, "over 13 billion tons of plastic waste will be discarded in landfills or in the environment by 2050." This amount -- which converts…

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 and surface properties of the planet dubbed Proxima b, and concluded it may be an "ocean planet" similar to Earth. Scientists announced Proxima b's discovery in August, and said it may be the first exoplanet -- planet outside our Solar System -- to one day be visited by robots from Earth.…