A horrific soccer injury in English Premier League… Arsenal’s Croation striker Eduardo suffered a broken ankle resulted from a tackle, and would likely to be sidelined for nine months.

While this might not be the worst injury people have ever seen on football field… this photo taken by a sport journalist that reflects the exact moment of the tackle are definitely horrifying. Eduardo’s ankle could be seen completely twisted (and broken) following the impact…

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Horrible injury, but great photo. Get well soon Eduardo.

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An eight-year-old boy has discovered a set of dinosaur footprints on a beach which date back an incredible 160 million years.

Rhys Nichols was strolling along the sands with dad Richard when he spotted the perfectly preserved nine-inch prints on a rock.

160-million-year-old Dinosaur footprint 8-year-old boy spots dinosaur footprint
Rhys and the dinosaur footprint he spotted (Image courtesy of Mailonsunday, hat tip to Spluch)

Experts have hailed the find, saying that dinosaur footprints ‘are not normally that clear’. It’s suggested that the footprints are from a plant-eating dinosaur from the Middle Jurassic period, which would make the prints about 160 million years old.

A fossilised “sea monster” unearthed on an Arctic island is the largest marine reptile known to science, Norwegian scientists have announced.

The 150 million-year-old specimen was found on Spitspergen, in the Arctic island chain of Svalbard, in 2006. The Jurassic-era leviathan is one of 40 sea reptiles from a fossil “treasure trove” uncovered on the island.

Nicknamed “The Monster”, the immense creature would have measured 15m (50ft) from nose to tail. [BBC]

Sea monster found on Spitspergen in the Arctic island chain of Svalbard Illustration of the sea monster of Arctic
The fossil and artist illustration of the sea monster ‘in action’

Scientists investigating the icy waters of Antarctica said on Feb 22 that they have discovered some mysterious creatures in the murky depths, including giant sea spiders and huge worms.

The scientists collected specimens from up to 6,500 feet (2,000 metres) beneath the surface of the Southern Ocean as part of an international project to take a census of Antarctic marine life. [Nationalgeographic]

Strange turnicates among weird sea creatures found in Antarctica
Tunicates which look like glass tubes (Image via Dailymail)

The tiny Pacific islands nation of Kiribati declared the world’s largest marine protected area on Feb 14, a California-sized ocean wilderness that includes pristine reefs and eight coral atolls teeming with fish and birds.

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area, or PIPA, lies about halfway between Hawaii and Fiji. [AP]

PIPA was the world’s third largest marine protected area before the Government of Kiribati announced the expansion of the boundaries of the protected area on Jan 28, 2008… which now encompass an area of 410,500 square kilometres. [Phoenixisland]

The largest gold coin in the world, weighing 100kg and with a face value of CA$1 million was recently on display in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

World largest gold coin produced by Royal Canadian Mint
World’s largest gold coin (Image courtesy of Xinhuanet)

The gold coin, produced by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007, is approximately 50cm in diametre and about 3cm thick and has a purity of 99.999%.

Although the 100kg coin has a face value of $1 million, it would cost approximately CA$2.6 million (or US$2.4 million) to purchase, based on the market value of gold.

Some interesting links…

Frozen Grand Central

[VIDEO] Over 200 people freeze in place on cue in Grand Central Station in New York.

Gas pumping robot

Dutch inventors unveiled a 75,000 euro ($111,100) car-fuelling robot they say is the first of its kind, working by registering the car on arrival at the filling station and matching it to a database of fuel cap designs and fuel types.

‘Itch-free’ pyjamas dream comes true [via]

Designers have developed pyjamas that regulate body temperature, stop itching and ensure a good night’s sleep.

Monopoly Here and Now World Edition – Cast Your Vote!

Popular board game Monopoly is running a worldwide voting until the end of February 2008 to select the cities that will feature on their international edition of Monopoly.

The hypersonic plane designed to reach Australia in under five hours [via]

A hypersonic passenger plane that could fly to Australia from northern Europe in less than five hours has been designed in Britain.

The grand shaft – amazing military engineering

An incredible piece of wartime engineering in Dover; built between 1806 and 1809 during the Napoleonic wars, this triple spiral staircase was used as a rapid route for soldiers making their way from the clifftop barracks to the town of dover and its harbour below.

Earliest oil paintings found in famed Afghan caves

Buddhist murals from Afghanistan’s famed Bamian caves are the world’s earliest known oil paintings, according to a new chemical analysis.

Astronomers find galaxy far, far away [via]

Astronomers have glimpsed what may be the farthest galaxy we’ve ever seen, providing a picture of a baby galaxy born soon after the beginning of the universe.

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Context Camera (CTX) captured this picture of a crater resembling a “Happy Face” on Jan 28, 2008. The unnamed crater is about 3 kilometers across.

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Smiley face on Mars (Image courtesy of MMMS)

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