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The search is on for the 'super predator' that snacks on Great White Sharks

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A Great White Shark was killed just months after being tagged. Now scientists want to know how.

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When you think of Great White Sharks, you probably think of fearsome predators with no rivals.

Turns out, though, they are not necessarily sitting atop the marine food chain. Scientists tagged a nine-foot Great White off the coast of Australia 11 years ago. Four months later, the shark's tag washed ashore and, when scientists downloaded the tag's data, they realized the shark had been devoured by another ocean creature.

The Independent reports on a team of Australian researchers that is trying to piece together the mystery. Their work will be featured in a film coming out this month, Hunt for the Super Predator

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El Niño is set to change the world's weather in 2014

Scientists say there's a 90 percent chance of a full-on El Niño developing this year, which will mean weird weather across much of the globe. Among those suffering: India, Australia and coastal South America. But El Niño may bring hope to some corners of the world — particularly the US, where residents of western states see El Niño as their best shot at breaking their grueling drought.

The Guardian has a detailed look at the origins of El Niño, its impacts around the world and how scientists are so sure this will be an El Niño year.

The dangerous journey north to America, through the eyes of migrants

Spanish-born photographer Encarni Pindado has spent years documenting the dangerous journey Central American migrants take to escape violence at home and seek safety in the US. But he recently launched a new project that puts the cameras into the hands of migrants.

From our Global Nation desk, we introduce you to the MigraZoom project — Pindado's effort to put 200 disposable cameras in the hands of Central American migrants crossing Mexico and heading for the US. Check out the photos.

China stirs up a controversy in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has enjoyed being part of "one nation, two systems" since the island territory was returned to China by the United Kingdom in the 1990s. But this week, Hong Kong residents took to the streets in response to a white paper from the Chinese national goverment that declared Hong Kong's special status was derived not from its "basic law" — a sort of mini-constitution — but from the consent of China's central government.

That didn't sit well with many in Hong Kong. The South China Morning Post looks at the protests and what they mean for Hong Kong.

If diversity sells in Hollywood, why is there so little of it in TV and film?

Hollywood is run, mostly, by middle-aged white men. The directors, producers, writers, even a larger share of the actors, tend to be white men. But at a time when America is becoming more diverse than ever — 38 percent minorities — it's hard to figure out why an industry that exists to entertain all of America continues to look like a much older version of the US.

PRI's The Tavis Smiley Show spoke to Darnell Hunt, a sociology professor at UCLA, who carefully detailed Hollywood's lack of diversity in a new report. Hunt found that diversity leads to higher industry profits and now he's trying to get that message to industry executives.

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Weather around the world

Regensberg, Germany, a Bavarian city north of Munich, recorded its own version of scorching temperatures on Tuesday. The high temperature was 96 degrees Fahrenheit, nearly 36 degrees Celsisus, according to AccuWeather.

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