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Global warming disrupts oceans, seen lingering in the depths

Global warming is disrupting ocean life from plankton to whales and the heat may linger in the depths for centuries even if man-made greenhouse gas emissions are halted, an international study said on Monday. Rising temperatures in the seas were also having wider knock-on effects such as by disrupting rainfall patterns over land, spurring extreme weather events and aiding a spread of water-borne diseases, it said. "Ocean warming may well turn out to be the greatest hidden challenge of our generation," according to a 460-page study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which includes scientists, governments and activists.


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Rosetta's missing Philae probe found in dark crack on comet

High-resolution cameras on the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft have found space probe Philae, which landed on a comet nearly two years ago only to lose power because its solar-driven batteries were in the shade. Images taken from Rosetta at a distance of 2.7 km (1.7 miles) showed Philae wedged into a dark crack on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the ESA said on Monday. Philae landed on the comet in November 2014 in what was considered a remarkable feat of precision space travel but the metre-sized, 100 kg (220 lb) probe bounced several times before getting stuck against a cliff wall.

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