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One Tail Hair Reveals Elephant's Life Tale
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press

Lewis had gourmet taste: Whenever the dry season browned grass in his Kenyan sanctuary, he'd race off to raid farmers' corn fields. A foot-long hair plucked from his tail tells the story.

U.S. Government Mulls Options for Protecting Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

While the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands have been protected for nearly a century as a refuge, the surrounding reefs are entering a critical year for their protection in 2006.

Fictional King Kong Mirrors Odd Island Facts
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

King Kong may be a far-fetched creation of Hollywood but scientists say the big ape has some basis in biological fact: Animals on islands often evolve into gigantic versions of their mainland kin.

Science and the Environment: The Challenges of Reaching the Public
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ellen Prager, PhD

(By Ellen Prager, PhD) The call to bring more science more effectively to the public has grown significantly louder and broader over the past several years. But alas, we face major obstacles in public outreach both within the scientific community and outside of its bounds.

Problems Plague Dams in Southern New England
January 2, 2006 12:00 AM - M.L. Johnson, Associated Press

In need of repair for more than a decade, the Slack Reservoir Dam has been declared unsafe and likely to fail in the event of a heavy storm.

California Wine Country Flooding Set To Ease
January 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Kimberly White, Reuters

The threat from floodwaters in Northern California's rain-soaked wine country eased Sunday even though the forecast called for more rain.

Conservation Officers Shoot Whales after New Zealand South Island Stranding
January 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Wildlife officers shot 41 pilot whales that beached on New Zealand's South Island, the Department of Conservation said.

UAE Working To Rid Drinking Water of Chemical Linked To Cancer
January 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Krane, Associated Press

Water authorities in the emirate of Abu Dhabi are working to rid drinking water of elevated levels of bromate, a chemical compound thought to cause cancer.

New Orleans Aquarium Restocking after Huge Hurricane Losses
January 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Sharon Cohen, Associated Press

Like New Orleans itself, the aquarium is now on a long road back. And like the city, the revival will depend, in part, on hardy holdouts and returning evacuees, some still living far away.

Tiny American Pika Seen Headed toward Extinction
January 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Human activity and climate change may be pushing the tiny American pika toward extinction in the mountains of western North America.

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