Trouble Stirring in the South Atlantic?: DNews Nuggets

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Feb. 12, 6:00 a.m. — Nearly 30 years ago, Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands in an attempt to claim the disputed archipelago from the UK. British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dispatched a Royal Navy task force to re-claim the islands, resulting in a 74 day war. Now, in the wake of recent accusations by the Argentinians over a nuclear submarine being stationed at the islands and increased pressure exerted by the Argentinian government on other South American nations not to allow Falkland ships to dock at their ports, there is increased tension in the region. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has even issued a statement expressing “concern about the increasingly strong exchanges” between the two governments. via Telegraph.co.uk.

Feb. 10, 2:31 p.m. — The United States has updated its travel advisory to Mexico, last released in April 2011, reports the Washington Post. The advisory warns against traveling to most Mexican states along the U.S. border and, even in beach resorts where travel has been considered relatively safe, tourists are urged not to wander more than a few blocks from the beach. In all, 14 of the country’s 31 states are considered too dangerous to travel to, and don’t even think about trying to drive from the United States to Mexico City. Get the whole advisory here. via Washington Post

Feb. 10, 12:58 p.m. — Discovery.com is covering the Volvo Ocean Race, a nine-month race around the planet that’s considered the world’s toughest sailing competition. They’re doing a darned fine job of it, too. Alex Davies tracks teams as they prepare, learn how to avoid pirates, then get in serious trouble. One team’s mast breaks, forcing the sailors to land on the most remote inhabited island in the world. Good stuff. Follow the series here. via Discovery.com

Feb. 10, 12:48 p.m. — Where art and science meet is always an intriguing intersection. This takes it into the creepy category — in a good way. Artist Lisa Nilsson uses an art form called quilling to create cross-sections of the human body. Quilling is essentially rolling up bits of different-colored paper in different ways to make a picture. Nilsson does midsections, heads, faces — all in shades you might see inside of us. There are just amazing (and again, creepy) images here. via via Discovery.com

Feb. 10, 11:45 a.m.– The Pentagon plans to open up some jobs to women in the military, but not quite allow them on the front lines. Why shouldn’t women soldiers be posted at the front? Many U.S. women have unofficially served on front lines already. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum offered an explanation — men would just want to protect them. As Santorum told NBC’s Today show, “When (men) see a woman in harm’s way… . It’s natural. It’s very much in our culture to be protective.” It turns out Santorum’s concern is fairly widespread — look for an upcoming article by Discovery News’ Emily Sohn about the issue. via NPR

Feb. 9, 6:25 p.m.– UPDATE to the orca-slavery story below: The San Diego judge has dismissed a lawsuit that said orcas kept at Sea World should be protected against slavery in the same way humans are, AP reports. PETA brought the lawsuit against Sea World, calling it “the next frontier of civil rights.” Guess not so much. via MySuncoast.com

Feb. 9, 2:29 p.m.– Dolphins have been stranding themselves along the shores of Cape Cod, since anyone can remember but this year, the strandings have lasted almost a month, according to Boston’s WGBH. A team of marine biologists are attempting to rescue some of the dolphins. WGBH offers a captivating audio slideshow of the mission here. via WGBH

Feb. 8, 3:48 p.m. – Bread and rolls provide us with the greatest amount of salt in our diets, says a recent report form the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That will come as a shocker to those who think chips and pretzels and other snack foods deliver the most sodium. But those were at the end of CDC’s top 10 sources of sodium in the American diet. At the top with bread and rolls? Cured meats and cold cuts, pizza, poultry and soups. via American Council on Science and Health

Feb. 8, 12:12 p.m. – Talk about extra credit. Ten-year-old Clara Lazen came up with a molecular design for a synthetic molecule that could store energy. She showed her tetranitratoxycarbon model to her fifth-grade science teacher, Kenneth Boehr, who then showed it to Robert Zoellner, a chemist at Humboldt State University. Zoellner then published a paper on it, giving Clara credit as an author. via Inhabitat

Feb. 7, 9:35 a.m. – This is a first: A judge in San Diego is set to rule on whether or not orcas kept at Sea World can be protected against slavery in the same way humans can, according to the Associated Press. PETA brought the lawsuit against Sea World, calling it “the next frontier of civil rights.” Sea World says the case is a waste of time and money. The judge heard both sides, but didn’t say when he’d rule. via the Sydney Morning Herald

Feb. 6, 6:55 p.m. – Lately, it’s gotten extremely easy to use computers to create and print designs onto  fabrics used in fasion. If runway shows from Paris are any indication (and, duh, they usually are), consumers will be picking through clothing this Spring and Summer cut from colorfully clashing bolts of silk, cotton and poly-blends. via The Guardian

Feb. 6, 5:01 p.m. – Multi-award-winning African singer Khulekani Mseleku, popularly known as Mgqumeni, was believed to have been dead and buried in 2009. But a man claiming to be Mgqumeni has showed up in his hometown, confusing even family members who believe it is him. The man claims he was held by zombies in a place he can’t remember. Police have taken his fingerprints and are planning to run a DNA tests. via Times Live

Feb. 6, 3:44 p.m. — Toyota has hiked the range of its new version of the Prius to 95 MPG-equivalent from about 87 MPGe, reports Treehugger. The Prius plug-in hybrid will debut in 14 States in a few months, then nationwide next year. The Prius’ 95 MPGe is 2 MPGe more than the Chevy Volt. via Treehugger

Feb. 6, 12:28 p.m. — An assortment of sea creatures, including an octopus and various crabs, correctly predicted the winner of Sunday’s Superbowl. Paula the Octopus (remember Paul the psychic octopus, anyone?) chose to eat the crab in the Giants’ box; a horseshoe crab tapped a Giants poster and another crab grabbed the Giants poster. There must be something to this…WCTV.tv via Underwater Times

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