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The Sciences

Weekly News Roundup: Pesky Pirates, Online Orangutans, and Space Suds

DiscoblogBy Brett IsraelDecember 5, 2009 3:51 AM
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• Avast ye matey! Indian Ocean pirates arrr trouble for lily-livered climate researchers. OK jokes aside, Somali pirates are such a serious threat that the scientists studying Indian Ocean conditions need an armed escort to carry out their work. • Nonja the Orangutan can update her own Facebook page. Apparently, she's also a fan of the camera-phone-too-close-to-the-face profile pic. • The Iron Curtain not only isolated Eastern Europe, it also kept alien bird species from colonizing it. • Nepal's cabinet met today to discuss climate change's effect on the Himalayas—5,242 meters high at the base of Mount Everest. • Finally, it's Friday. Time to kick back, crack open a few space beers, and enjoy the weekend.

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