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Pagan News Beagle: Earthy Thursday, May 12

Concerns rise about oxygen depletion in the world's oceans. A mysterious and weird animal from the distant past is identified. And what exactly does "natural food" mean? It's Earthy Thursday, our weekly segment on science and Earth-related news! All this and more for the Pagan News Beagle!

It's well known that air pollution can result in respiratory problems in humans. But could global warming be causing similar issues for marine life? That's the conclusion now being made by many scientists as evidence grows that the amount of oxygen being dissolved into the ocean is on the decline.

If you're in Northern California you may have heard of "sudden oak death," a deadly disease ravaging the state's arboreal population. If not, this article from Discover will bring you to update and explain how the disease arose and how it's quite possible we could have done more to prevent it.

You've certainly heard of dinosaurs. You might even have heard of trilobites. But what about the "Tully monster?" Scientific American takes a look at this weirdo critter who may be a distant ancestor of modern vertebrates.

Private spacecraft manufacture SpaceX recently announced they plan to launch a mission to Mars by 2018. Considering how infrequently NASA and other government agencies send spacecraft to the red planet, the goal struck many as outlandish. But according to astronomer Phil Plait, SpaceX actually has a shot.

What does it mean for food to be "natural?" You might thing the definition's pretty clear-cut, but actually it's anything but. Ria Misra describes the current legal case involving Quaker Oats' "100% natural" label and the debate surrounding what is natural and what isn't.

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