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Madagascar Cools as Hotspot for New Species Evolution

Madagascar, a large island in the Indian Ocean,may have only 1 percent of the world's land area, but it has an outsize 3 percent of its species. It is among the most diverse places for life on Earth. Full story

Australia seeks Triton superdrones for Indian Ocean overwatch

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Rising Indian Ocean rivalries as China seeks to safeguard key energy lifelines loom behind an Australian push for a $3 billion fleet of maritime superdrones, which will likely boost intelligence sharing with the United States. Full story

How the Hairy-Chested 'Hoff' Crab Evolved

Yeti crabs don't comb their hair to look good — they do it because they're hungry. Full story

Magnitude 6.7 quake strikes off Christmas Island: USGS

LONDON (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.7 quake struck in the Indian Ocean east-northeast of Christmas Island on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Full story

Do Mantle Plumes Exist? Mission Aims to Answer

The mystery of whether or not giant plumes of hot rock from near Earth's core force volcanic island chains to form could soon be solved with the largest campaign ever to map such jets of magma beneath the Earth's surface. Full story

Australian military to boost air power to focus on Indo-Pacific

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia announced a significant boost to its military air power on Friday, committing to buy up to new 100 Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, as it shifts its focus back to the Indo-Pacific as China and India beef up forces. Full story

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