Pirates Free 4 Fishermen in Somalia by MOHAMMED IBRAHIM


By MOHAMMED IBRAHIM

The four Thais were released after being held for nearly five years, longer than any other hostages seized off the Somali coast.

Published: February 28, 2015 at 07:00PM

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Long Lovejoy and Little Dumbbell

Buffeted by the solar wind, Comet Lovejoy’s crooked ion tail stretches over 3 degrees across this telescopic field of view, recorded on February 20. The starry background includes awesome bluish star Phi Persei below, and pretty planetary nebula M76 just above Lovejoy’s long tail. Also known as the Little Dumbbell Nebula, after its brighter cousin M27 the Dumbbell Nebula, M76 is only a Full Moon’s width away from the comet’s greenish coma. Still shining in northern hemisphere skies, this Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) is outbound from the inner solar system some 10 light-minutes or 190 million kilometers from Earth. But the Little Dumbbell actually lies over 3 thousand light-years away. Now sweeping steadily north toward the constellation Cassiopeia Comet Lovejoy is fading more slowly than predicted and is still a good target for small telescopes. via NASA http://ift.tt/1wtBkn2

Mexico Gillnet Ban Taking Effect to Help Endangered Porpoise by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Mexican authorities will use satellite tracking, drones, a series of naval bases and a fleet of small patrol boats to enforce a new gillnet fishing ban in the upper Sea of Cortes in a bid to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world’s…

Published: February 27, 2015 at 03:09PM

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