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Scientists from the Max Planck Institute sounded the alarm as large amounts of sugar were discovered in the oceans.

Seaweed, a marine flowering plant found in many coastal regions of the world, may be responsible for this phenomenon. These species also play an important role in the marine environment, being one of the most efficient carbon dioxide (CO₂) sinks on the planet.

According to the study, one square kilometer of seaweed stores nearly twice as much carbon as terrestrial forests, and it does so 35 times faster.

This makes seaweed a vital resource for reducing greenhouse gas emissions globally.

In this new study, the researchers found that the huge supply of sugar is a concern.

“Sugar is usually part of the normal process of photosynthesis. These plants use most of the sugars they produce for their growth,” said institute director Nicole Dobellier. But under high light conditions, at noon or during summer, for example, plants produce more sugar than they can consume.”

This excess of the sugar produced is then stored, to be later released into the root zone, the part of the soil where the roots are.

During warmer weather, these roots are filled with high concentrations of sugar.

“It is estimated that there are between 0.6 and 1.3 million tons of sugar in the root zone of seaweeds worldwide,” said Manuel Liebeck, head of the Metabolic Interactions Research Group at the institute.

That’s the equivalent of about 32 billion cans of soda, and this rooted casing is home to a host of bacteria and other microorganisms, which love sugar like humans.

For these microbes, the sugars are easily digestible, and they are quickly consumed and converted to carbon dioxide by the bacteria.

In order to prevent this production of carbon dioxide, seaweeds intervene in this process by releasing phenols into their sediments.

Phenols, a type of chemical compound produced by plants, are found in everyday foods, however, they also have an additional function as an antimicrobial.

In the study, researchers discovered that by preventing microorganisms from digesting the sugars found in seaweed, they were able to prevent the release of large amounts of carbon dioxide into the ocean. Carbon dioxide by seaweed.

Seaweeds are among the most threatened habitats on our planet, and if they disappear, researchers warn that astronomical amounts of carbon dioxide and sugar will be released into the atmosphere.

Furthermore, without the phenols that seaweed releases to prevent microbes from digesting the sugar, more carbon dioxide would be released into the atmosphere.

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“Google” allows its employees to move “without reasons” to US states that allow abortion

The US company, “Google”, announced that it would allow its employees to move to other states that allow the right to abortion, after the Supreme Court’s decision to abolish the constitutional right to practice that act.
The company’s chief personnel officer, Fiona Ciccone, said in an internal letter to employees that “workers can apply for resettlement without justification or reasons,” and that those receiving applications will be “aware of the situation,” according to The Verge.
Ciccone also reminded workers that Google’s employee benefits plan covers medical procedures not available in the state in which they live and work.
In her email, the official considered that the Supreme Court’s decision “is a profound change for the country that deeply affects many of us, especially women,” noting that “everyone will respond to the decision in their own way, whether it is someone who wants space and time to adapt, speak up, or volunteer outside work, not wanting to discuss it at all, or something else entirely.”
According to an analysis published by The New York Times last month, the coming days and weeks may see 28 states ban or severely restrict access to abortions, most notably Texas.

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“Xiaomi” announces its new phone in July… with an “unprecedented” camera

It was reported that the Chinese company, “Xiaomi”, is preparing to unveil its new smartphone, early next month.
It is possible that “Xiaomi” will announce the phone on July 5, which may bear the name “Xiaomi 12S Ultra”, according to the “News 18” website.
And it is possible that the “Xiaomi 12S Ultra” is the first to include the technology of the German company “Leica” specialized in cameras, which will improve the captured images using its own algorithm.
The phone may also be one of the first phones to use the new “Snapdragon 8 Gen +1” processor set.
The Xiaomi 12S Ultra is expected to include a triple rear camera system, which can include a 50-megapixel primary sensor, a 48-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and a 48-megapixel telephoto lens.

According to the leaked specifications, it is possible that the upcoming phone will be equipped with a (QHD + AMOLED) screen that supports a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and it features an LTPO panel, 12 GB of random access memory (RAM), and a storage space of 512 GB.
The “Xiaomi 12S Ultra” phone can also come with a built-in 4800 mAh battery, to support fast charging up to 67 watts with wired charging, and 50 watts when wireless charging.
The phone will be the successor to the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, which was launched on the market last year.

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Historic discovery… the mummified remains of the extinct giant in Canada

Paleontologists announced a rare discovery in the gold fields of Klondike, the far north of Canada, by finding the mummified remains of an almost complete woolly mammoth burial.

Paleontologist Grant Zazola said in a statement that the animal was “a remarkable and one of the most surprising Ice Age mummified animals ever discovered in the world.”

Zazula is excited to learn more soon about this mammoth cub, which is likely a female named “non cho ga”, meaning “small giant animal” in the Aboriginal language, with intact skin and hair.
The remains were found by digging up permafrost south of Dawson in Yukon Territory, on the border with the US state of Alaska.

It is likely that this animal died more than 30,000 years ago, when woolly mammoths, wild horses, cave lions and giant bison roamed the region.
This is the first semi-complete mummified mammoth found in such a good state of preservation in North America.

A part of the remains of a small mammoth named “Effie” was found in 1948 in a gold mine in Alaska, in addition to another mummified 42,000-year-old in Siberia in 2007, of an animal named “Lyuba” that was the same size as the mammoth whose remains were recently discovered.

The Yukon government said the territory is known worldwide for its Ice Age animal fossils, but “mummified remains with skin and dander” have rarely been discovered.

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