49% of Japan’s largest coral reef has bleached: Environment Ministry

49% of Japan's largest coral reef has bleached: Environment Ministry

Some 49.9 percent of Sekisei coral reef — Japan's largest — had bleached by the end of 2017, the Environment Ministry has revealed. The figure is substantially less than the bleaching ratio of 91.4 percent on the reef between Okinawa Prefecture's Ishigaki and Iriomote islands at the end of 2016. However, "the water temperature remains high and the bleaching ratio is still high. We can't be optimistic," said an Environment Ministry official. "Coral in the area hasn't shown signs of real recovery, and remains in critical condition."

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Face of 9,000-Year-Old Teenager Reconstructed

Face of 9,000-Year-Old Teenager Reconstructed

Her name is Avgi, and the last time anyone saw her face was nearly 9,000 years ago. When she lived in Greece, at the end of the Mesolithic period around 7000 B.C., the region was transitioning from a society of hunter gatherers to one that began cultivating its own food. In English, Avgi translates to Dawn—a name archaeologists chose because she lived during what's considered the dawn of civilization.

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Vancouver Aquarium will no longer keep whales, dolphins in captivity

Vancouver Aquarium will no longer keep whales, dolphins in captivity

The Vancouver Aquarium is giving up its fight to keep whales and dolphins in captivity, saying the heated public debate on the issue is hindering its conservation work. Staff at the non-profit attraction learned Thursday morning of the decision to end the cetacean program, according to CEO John Nightingale. "We absolutely believe in the value of whales and dolphins in engaging people," he told CBC News.

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Nearly 100 Volcanoes Discovered Under Antarctic Ice Sheet

Nearly 100 Volcanoes Discovered Under Antarctic Ice Sheet

Nearly 100 previously unknown volcanoes, some of which are more than 12,000 feet tall, have been discovered hidden more than a mile beneath the extensive ice sheets of western Antarctica, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences.

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Complex engineering and metal-work discovered beneath ancient Greek ‘pyramid’

Complex engineering and metal-work discovered beneath ancient Greek 'pyramid'

More than 4,000 years ago builders carved out the entire surface of a naturally pyramid-shaped promontory on the Greek island of Keros. They shaped it into terraces covered with 1,000 tonnes of specially imported gleaming white stone to give it the appearance of a giant stepped pyramid rising from the Aegean: the most imposing manmade structure in all the Cyclades archipelago.

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