Mars Hides ‘A Fantastic Find’ Of Thick Sheets Of Ice Just Below The Surface

A cross-section of a thick sheet of underground ice on Mars. The slope rises as high as London’s Big Ben tower. Beneath its ruddy layer of dirt is a sheet of ice 300 feet thick that gives the landscape a blue-black hue. If such a scene sounds otherworldly, it is. To visit it, you’ll have to travel to Mars. Planetary scientists located eight of these geological features, called scarps, on the Red Planet. An analysis of the scarps revealed that thick ice hides just below the surface. This ice, the…

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Not just flowers, even walls are in bloom all year in this Polish village. See pics

Danuta Dymon, 70, has been at it since the sun came up, dressed from head to toe in clothes also displaying her brushstroke. “As you can see I’m covered in flowers,” she said, adding neon green leaves to the fluorescent orange and pink garland spanning the fence’s brick base in front of her home in Zalipie, in southern Poland. Danuta Dymon painting traditional flower patterns on her fence in Zalipie. (AFP) Dymon is known around the farming village for having painted flowers on virtually everything under her roof: the ceiling,…

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Six in 10 new GCSEs and A-levels remain unapproved – with just 18 weeks of term time left

The longer this accreditation process drags on, the more it is going to be a real problem, warns union leader Well over half of the new GCSE, AS and A-level qualifications being introduced in September have still not been officially approved, just 18 school weeks before they are due to be taught, TES can reveal. Figures from exams watchdog Ofqual show that 65 of 156 specifications have been accredited, leaving 91, or 58 per cent, still in draft form. This includes all GCSE science papers, none of which have yet been…

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