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Researchers Discover New Type of Cricket
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Researchers say they have discovered a new type of cricket in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument. What makes the new genus of cricket special is that it has functional pincers on its hind end.

Texas, Illinois Vie for Near-Zero-Emissions Coal Power Plant Project
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Steve Quinn, Associated Press

Texas and Illinois will compete for the world's first near-zero-emissions coal power plant, a $1 billion project headed by the U.S. Department of Energy and a consortium of 10 energy companies from the United States, China and Australia.

Study Hints Language Skills Came Early in Primates
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Language centers in the brains of rhesus macaques light up when the monkeys hear calls and screams from fellow monkeys, researchers said in a study that suggests language skills evolved early in primates.

U.S. House May Link Higher Gas Mileage, Oil Drilling
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Tom Doggett, Reuters

The House could accept a Senate proposal to boost vehicle mileage requirements as part of legislation to open more offshore areas to oil and natural gas drilling, a key House lawmaker said Tuesday.

Brazil Soy Industry Boycotts Beans from the Amazon
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Brazilian soy crushers and exporters will stop buying soybeans grown in the Amazon basin for the time being, industry groups said Monday, bowing to pressure from activist groups trying to preserve the rain forest.

Global Warming Puts Twelve U.S. Parks at Risk
July 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Global warming puts 12 of the most famous U.S. national parks at risk, environmentalists said Tuesday, conjuring up visions of Glacier National Park without glaciers and Yellowstone Park without grizzly bears.

House Approves Wilderness Bills
July 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The House approved a series of bills Monday to protect national forest land in the West, including the designation of new wilderness areas in three Western states.

Rare Ibis Tagged in Race to Save Bird of Pharaohs
July 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Scientists have tagged three northern bald ibis, among the last survivors of a species of Middle Eastern bird once so revered that it had its own ancient Egyptian hieroglyph, in an effort to save them from extinction.

Record Heat Pushes California Power Close to Breaking
July 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Bernie Woodall, Reuters

A record-breaking heat wave pushed California's power grid close to the breaking point Monday, but by evening it appeared the first rolling blackouts in five years had been averted, power managers said.

U.S. Duck Hunter Exposed to Type of Bird Flu, Study Finds
July 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

A U.S. duck hunter and two state wildlife employees had evidence of an uncommon type of bird flu virus in their blood, researchers reported Monday in one of the first studies to show that hunters might be at risk.

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