The Poles withdraw from the winter K2

Krzysztof Wielicki announced today that he cancels the attempts for “the safety of the members of the expedition.” The fixed ropes have been buried in snow and ice and the forecasts only offer a short window on March 11. It’s over. The Polish expedition that was attempting the first winter…

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Teens in the neighborhood of St Pauli freshly bombed

After a long documentation work, Isabel Kreitz has drawn an extensive comic about the childhood of the writer Konrad Lorenz in the St Pauli neighborhood, in Hamburg, just after the end of World War II. It is a place devastated by bombs, with projectiles about to explode in any corner,…

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Nautilus: the ocean’s most efficient jet engine

Professor of biomechanics at Leeds University Graham Askew set out with graduate student Thomas Neil to better understand how this mollusc moves. They discovered that the nautilus is actually a creature propelled by a highly efficient jet, wasting much less energy than marine organisms such as squid or jellyfish that…

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The penultimate Battle of Damascus

After a frantic advance in the east and center of the country, the Syrian Army rushes to regain control of the last enclaves of Damascus under rebel control. Despite the international pressure to avoid it and the humanitarian campaign in support of civilians, everything seems to indicate that the battle…

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Encalla a Spanish ship near Lisbon for causes still unknown

A Spanish-flagged vessel, with ten crew on board, ran aground last night near the port of Lisbon for reasons not yet known. The entire crew is doing well, the Navy spokesman, commander José Pereira da Fonseca, told TSF radio. The ship ran out of energy on board and eventually ran…

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