For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have resolved the dispute for them: the island’s gone.
New Moore Island in the Sunderbans has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery and sea patrols, he said.
"What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming," said Hazra.
India and Bangladesh both claimed the empty New Moore Island, which is about 3.5 kilometers (2 miles) long and 3 kilometers (1.5 miles) wide. Bangladesh referred to the island as South Talpatti.
There were no permanent structures on New Moore, but India sent some paramilitary soldiers to its rocky shores in 1981 to hoist its national flag.
The demarcation of the maritime boundary — and who controls the remaining islands — remains an open issue between the two South Asian neighbors, and the disappearance of the island does nothing to resolve it, said an official in India’s foreign ministry, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on international disputes.
“The @ symbol has been added to the prestigious collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the organization announced today. Unlike some other ephemera, the Museum didn’t pay a penny for the symbol, nor will it claim exclusive rights to its use. “It might be the only truly free—albeit not the only priceless—object in our collection,” Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, wrote this morning. Why add such an artifact to the collection? Antonelli’s explanation is quite artful itself. For social web users, though, the meaning of the symbol is more contentious than the Museum has acknowledged. Isn’t good art generally the subject of controversy?”— @ Symbol Acquired by Museum of Modern Art
“Octopuses are excited by high definition television, say scientists.
In experiments evaluating how the creatures react to moving images, the animals responded far more vigorously to HDTV than standard definition TV.
It appears that standard definition moving images are not sufficiently “convincing” for the sophisticated cephalopods, say the scientists.”—BBC - Earth News - Octopuses excited by high definition television (HDTV)