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Scuba Tank Explodes. A Melbourne, Australian man in his 40s was flown to the hospital in November after being seriously injured when a scuba tank exploded in his garden shed. The force of the explosion propelled the cylinder, causing it to break the man's leg. The man also had burns to his head, back, hands and legs as a result.

Lionfish -- The War Goes On! Now that lionfish fillets are proving to be good eating, the problem is how to harvest them efficiently. It's labor-intensive to spear them conventionally, so scientists at NOAA and other organizations are experimenting with different traps that will target lionfish but not other species. Some are high-tech, using photography and imaging software to determine whether it's a lionfish in the trap. Another, simpler device is left on the bottom where lionfish congregate, offering a habitat. After a month it slowly closes as it is pulled to the surface, allow faster-reacting species to escape. A good idea, but forget about these traps eradicating lionfish, unless someone springs for the hundreds of millions it might take....

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