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Tendrils of ice-covered brine, or brinicles, leak from sea ice near East Antarctica’s Dumont d’Urville Station. 

Antarctic marine life has been largely isolated from the rest of the planet for tens of millions of years, ever since the continent separated from the other continents and froze over.

Since then the powerful Antarctic Circumpolar Current has swirled from west to east around Antarctica, creating a sharp temperature gradient that inhibits the spread of marine animals.

The long isolation has allowed a tremendous diversity of species, unique to the region, to evolve on the seafloor.

The waters under Antarctic ice are like Mount Everest: magical, but so hostile that you have to be sure of your desire before you go.

The demands are too great, but that’s what makes the images you see here unprecedented, and the experience of having taken them and of having seen this place so unforgettable.
Patients are ditching opioids and instead using cannabis to treat pain, anxiety, and depression mostly in states where pot is legal, according to a new study.

Published in the Journal of Pain Research, the results show that 46  percent of people who used cannabis at least once within the previous 90 days used it as a substitute for prescription drugs that treat pain, anxiety, and depression.

The investigators surveyed nearly 3,000 respondents from all over the United States (as well as participants from Canada and Europe).

The findings serve as the latest bit of news demonstrating a growing trend of medical cannabis use for conditions traditionally treated with prescription medications.
A massive ransomware attack is causing havoc at airports, banks and many other institutions across Europe.

It remains unclear who is behind the ttack, but Moscow-based security firm Group-IB told Reuters it appears to be a coordinated effort simultaneously targeting victims in Russia and Ukraine.

While the attack seems to be more widely spread in Russia and Ukraine, it is also affecting companies in Denmark, Spain and the US.

So far several companies have reported experiencing issues, including Copenhagen-based shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk and Russia’s top oil producer Rosneft.
Tim the Yorkshire Terrier is thought to be Britain's tiniest puppy after defying the odds since having to be revived at birth.

The seven-week-old puppy, who weighed just 2.5 ounces at birth, stands as tall as a tin of beans and is getting stronger after his owners worried he would not survive due to his tiny size.

He was not breathing when he was born and his owner Andrea McGowan, 42, had to revive him by rubbing him with a towel.

Now, the puppy is healthier and getting stronger every day, and there are hopes he could grow to be a healthy dog.
Google has been fined 2.42bn euros ($2.7bn; £2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results.

The ruling also orders Google to end its anti-competitive practices within 90 days or face a further penalty.

The US firm said it may appeal, but,  if it fails to change the way it operates the Shopping service within the three-month deadline, it could be forced to make payments of 5% of its parent company Alphabet's average daily worldwide earnings.

Based on the company's most recent financial report, that amounts to about $14m a day.

There's mounting anxiety in European capitals about something called Gafa - Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon - the four American giants that play such a huge role in all of our lives.

That means we can expect further action to try to limit their powers, with the potential for growing political tension between Brussels and Washington.