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One-fifth of Earth’s ocean floor is now mapped

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Image copyright Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project Image caption The black is where we still need modern measurements at a reasonable resolution We've just become a little less ignorant about Planet Earth.The initiative that seeks to galvanise the creation of a full map of the ocean floor says one-fifth of this task has now been completed.When the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project was launched in 2016, only 6% of the global ocean bottom had been surveyed to what might be called modern standards.That number now stands at 19%, up from 16% in just the last year.Some 14.5 million sq km
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Florida reports single-day record in new coronavirus cases

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The Florida Department of Health on Friday reported 3,822 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the biggest single-day increase in the state to date.Experts have warned that the state could be the pandemic's next epicenter as residents continue to take advantage of open beaches and bars.Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Friday that the average age of people infected was "plunging," but added that he wouldn't issue a statewide order requiring masks.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Florida set another record Friday, with the health department reporting 3,822 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the highest number the state has
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Researchers Find Dexamethasone Improves COVID-19 Survival

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Researchers in England say they have the first evidence that a drug can improve COVID-19 survival: A steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by up to one third in severely ill hospitalized patients. Results were announced Tuesday and researchers said they would publish them soon. The study is a large, strict test that randomly assigned 2,104 patients to get the drug and compared them with 4,321 patients getting only usual care. The drug was given either orally or through an IV. It reduced deaths by 35% in patients who needed treatment with breathing machines and by 20% in those only needing
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Senate Passes Major Public Lands Bill

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In a rare display of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate has passed a sweeping public lands package that both addresses the ballooning maintenance backlog at national parks and provides full, permanent funding for the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund, a program established in 1964 to protect natural areas and water resources.  Co-sponsors of the legislation, which passed Wednesday by an overwhelming 73-25 vote, have hailed it as the most important conservation bill in a generation ― one that will preserve public lands and create thousands of jobs at a time when communities across America are reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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50 Years Later, Seeing Apollo 13 as a ‘Successful Failure’

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Jim Lovell was never supposed to fly Apollo 13 in the first place. Back in the days of NASA’s Gemini and Apollo programs, with a robust corps of astronauts competing for limited seats on limited spacecraft, the flight rotation followed a three-plus-three pattern. Once you had flown a mission, you would go to the end of the line, waiting to serve as a back-up crew member three missions later. You would train with the prime crew, sweat out the long days in classrooms and simulators with the prime crew, and then stand on the ground and watch the rocket go
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Thousands Prepare To Escape Into The Sea As Wildfire Turns Sky Red In Australian Town

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The sky has turned an apocalyptic shade of red, and thousands of people have evacuated onto the beach in the Australian town of Mallacoota as a destructive wildfire approaches. Pictures of the red sky and falling embers are trickling onto social media as thousands of residents and tourists in the eastern Victoria town, about 400 miles south of Sydney, seek refuge from the oncoming blaze and prepare to escape into the Tasman Sea if the fire comes closer. Social media users reported wearing goggles in order to see and covering their skin with towels to protect themselves from falling ash and
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