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Friendly Floatees are plastic bath toys marketed by The First Years, Inc.
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They were toys destined only to bob up and down in nothing bigger than a child's bath - but so far they have floated halfway around the world. The armada of 29,000 plastic yellow ducks, blue turtles and green frogs broke free from a cargo ship 15 years ago.
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A container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall in 1997. But instead of remaining at the bottom of the ocean, they are still washing up on Cornish beaches today - offering an insight into the mysterious world of oceans and tides.
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The dramatic testimony from survivors of a draconian Thai military policy of towing Rohingya boat people out to sea and leaving them there has drawn international attention to the plight of one of the world's most oppressed people.


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Changing ocean temperatures and currents will force thousands of species to migrate polewards, including cod, herring, plaice and prawns.


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Scientists have used DNA to re-trace the migrations of a sea-faring civilisation which dominated the Mediterranean thousands of years ago. The Phoenicians were an enterprising maritime people from the territory of modern-day Lebanon. They established a trading empire throughout the Mediterranean Sea in the first millennium BC. A new study by an international team has now revealed the genetic legacy they imparted to modern populations. The...


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Electronic tags have offered an insight into the mysteries of the 20,000km migration of Manx shearwaters. A team of UK scientists found that the birds made regular "stopovers" lasting up to two weeks, probably to feed and replenish their energy reserves.


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New research has found that a whopping 11 million Brits are thinking of taking a job overseas within the next two years - a significant dent in the population - and a fifth of those would choose a new life down under...


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A single mega-colony of ants has colonised much of the world, scientists have discovered. Argentine ants living in vast numbers across Europe, the US and Japan belong to the same inter-related colony, and will refuse to fight one another. The colony may be the largest of its type ever known for any insect species, and could rival humans in the scale of its world domination. What's more, people are unwittingly helping the mega-colony...


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Arctic plants are able to migrate the distances needed to survive changes to the climate.


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DNA tests on British populations of small mammals show a genetically distinct "Celtic Fringe", say scientists at The University of York.
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Public participants in the project have to send their cheek swabs to a central lab for analysis. After four to six weeks, they will be able to access information on their own genetic ancestry by keying in an anonymous code on the project website.


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