Despite the trials and tribulations experienced by humanity, the Earth itself continues to hum along through space — quite literally, as researchers have made new recordings of the faint, yet steady low-level hum the Earth generates, using sensitive seismic instruments placed on the ocean floor.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has announced that they plan dump 777,000 tons of tritium-contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean, as part of their multi-billion dollar recovery efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The total amount of radioactive material involved would be approximately 115 times the annual safety limit for this type of discharge. The move has yet to be approved by the Japanese government, although TEPCO says that they still plan to go ahead with the decision.
Of many mysteries surrounding the area known as the Bermuda Triangle, a recent emergence of a mile long sandbar, dubbed "Shelly Island" by a child collecting shells, has attracted much attention from the community nearby at North Carolina’s Hatteras Point. This type of land mass often appears only to be swept away again by the southbound Labrador Current whose cool waters cause unruly conditions when met by warmer waters of the Gulf Stream.
The massive corpse of an initially unidentified sea creature washed up on the shore of Indonesia’s Seram Island, prompting worldwide speculation as to what the mysterious creature was. Initially called a giant squid by the Jakarta Globe, the 15-meter (50-foot) carcass has since started to fill the area with a rotting smell, prompting the local villagers to ask the government for assistance in removing the mess.