Does Anyone Know How to Save the World's Oceans?

Oceans are to 2009 what the hole in the ozone was in 1995. Habitat for billions of aquatic species, a massive carbon seep, and regulator of the earth's climate, oceans are indispenable to man's and every other species' future. As Worldchanging put it in a recent article, "if the oceans crash, we crash."

Vice Television recently completed their latest swashbuckling foray into hipster reportage with a visit to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where ocean currents converge to create a Texas-sized floating landfill in the North Pacific. Household plastics make up most of it. Catch the (highly recommended) Vice series, follow the story at Worldchanging and debate what should be done about man's impact on the seas at Big Think.

NYTimes exposé reveals how Facebook handled scandals

Delay, deny and deflect were the strategies Facebook has used to navigate scandals it's faced in recent years, according to the New York Times.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • The exhaustive report is based on interviews with more than 50 people with ties to the company.
  • It outlines how senior executives misled the public and lawmakers in regards to what it had discovered about privacy breaches and Russian interference in U.S. politics.
  • On Thursday, Facebook cut ties with one of the companies, Definers Public Relations, listed in the report.
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Russian reporters discover 101 'tortured' whales jammed in offshore pens

Protected animals are feared to be headed for the black market.

Politics & Current Affairs
  • Russian news network discovers 101 black-market whales.
  • Orcas and belugas are seen crammed into tiny pens.
  • Marine parks continue to create a high-price demand for illegal captures.
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Unraveling the mystery behind dogs' floppy ears

Dogs' floppy ears may be part of why they and other domesticated animals love humans so much.

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Surprising Science
  • Nearly all domestic animals share several key traits in addition to friendliness to humans, traits such as floppy ears, a spotted coat, a shorter snout, and so on.
  • Researchers have been puzzled as to why these traits keep showing up in disparate species, even when they aren't being bred for those qualities. This is known as "domestication syndrome."
  • Now, researchers are pointing to a group of a cells called neural crest cells as the key to understanding domestication syndrome.
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