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FBI agents trek to site where US civil war gold is said to be buried


Agency refuses to say why it is interested in the site in Pennsylvania where legend says millions in bullion was lost

A 155-year-old legend about federal gold buried in a forest during the American civil war appears to have caught the attention of the FBI.

Dozens of FBI agents, along with Pennsylvania state officials and members of a treasure-hunting group, trekked this week to a remote site where local lore has it that a civil war gold shipment was lost or hidden during the battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/mar/17/fbi-agents-trek-to-site-where-us-civil-war-gold-is-said-to-be-buried

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Migrants tell of abuse and violence on the streets of Paris


A new study highlghts abuse and physical attacks suffered by hundreds of refugees living rough in the French capital

Hundreds of refugees living rough in Paris, many of whom hoped to reach the UK, claim they have been subject to abuse from French citizens, including physical attacks and sexual violence, according to new research.

From a sample of almost 300 refugees – around 10% of the 2,950 migrants sleeping rough in the French capital – it emerged that 42% of respondents did not feel safe.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/17/paris-uk-migrants-attacks-abuse-study

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Acidifying oceans could hit the very base of the ocean’s food web


The bedrock of the ocean’s food chain, on which whales, sharks, and octopi ultimately rely, are tiny bits of photosynthetic algae called diatoms. They come in thousands of shapes and are imperceptible to the human eye. 

If their populations collapse or shrink, there could be dramatic reverberations throughout the vast marine food web.

Scientists have now identified a climate change-related threat to diatoms, and it comes from a known and growing threat: Ocean acidification.

In a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature, scientists collected a species of diatom from the ocean and exposed it to increased seawater acidity — akin to the projected ocean acidity levels by the end of the century. They found that more acidic waters hindered diatoms from getting the nutrition they need, specifically iron, for their numbers to grow. Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/2018/03/16/ocean-acidification-could-hit-base-marine-food-web-diatoms/?utm_campaign=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial