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US deploys B-52 bombers against Islamic State

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — The US Air Force on Saturday deployed Cold War-time B-52 bombers to bolster the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, stepping up efforts to defeat the extremists.

The B-52 Stratofortress aircrafts, which arrived in Qatar, were situated in Saudi Arabia and last flown operationally in May 2006 as a feature of the war in Afghanistan, aviation based armed forces authorities said.

It was not promptly clear what number of the aircraft had been conveyed.

“The B-52 will give the coalition proceeded with accuracy and convey fancied airpower impacts,” said Lieutenant General Charles Brown, officer of US Air Forces Central Command.

The long-run planes will give “adaptability and perseverance” in the US-drove coalition battle against the jihadists, he included.

“The B-52 exhibits our proceeded with resolve to apply constant weight on (the IS gathering) and guard the locale in any future possibility,” Brown said.

The B-52, the principal US long-run substantial aircraft, was created to convey atomic weapons and has been adjusted throughout the years. It has been utilized as a part of missions in the Vietnam War, the 1991 Gulf War and in Afghanistan.

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Over 70% of deep-sea fish of Atlantic Ocean have ingested plastic : Study

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Fragments of plastic are found throughout the world, from nearly every continent to nearly every body of water. But, researchers recently have found 73 percent of Northwest Atlantic deep-sea fish are also eating it — the highest reported frequency of plastic-eating fish in the world.

Plastic particles were found in some of the most remote parts of the Atlantic Ocean with almost three quarters of a sample of more than 230 deep-water fish collected by NUI Galway scientists having ingested plastic particles.

The contamination level among the fish species, located in the northwest Atlantic thousands of kilometres from land and 600m down in the ocean, is one of the highest reported frequencies of microplastic occurrence in fish worldwide, according to the study published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

The NUIG scientists, as part of the study, participated in a transatlantic crossing onboard the marine institute’s Celtic Explorer vessel.

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PhD candidate and lead author Alina Wieczorek said, “Deep-water fish migrate to the surface at night to feed on plankton [microscopic animals] and this is likely when they are exposed to the microplastics.”

During this research cruise they took dead deep-sea fish from midwater trawls such as the spotted lanternfish, rakery beaconlamp, stout saw-palate and scaly dragonfish.

Microplastics are small plastic fragments that commonly originate from the breakdown of larger plastic items entering the ocean. Other sources may be waste water effluents carrying plastic fibres from clothing and microbeads from personal care products. Due to their low density, most of these microplastics float at the sea surface.

The fish ranged in size from the smallest species the Glacier Lantern at 3.5cm to the largest species, the stout saw-palate at 59cm.

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