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EBay, Intel Launch Initiative to Recycle Used Electronic Gadgets
January 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Rachel Konrad, Associated Press

EBay Inc. and Intel Corp. launched a recycling program Thursday to motivate Americans to safely dispose of mounting piles of used computers and other electronic gadgets.

Mangroves Could Have Reduced Tsunami Damage, U.N. Official Says
January 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Sam Cage, Associated Press

Damage from the Indian Ocean tsunami could have been reduced if more coastal areas had maintained their protective shields of mangrove swamps and coral reefs, a key U.N. official said Friday.

Effort Under Way to Weaken US Endangered Species Law
January 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Judith Crosson, Reuters

For the first time in three decades, critics of the Endangered Species Act are building momentum to rewrite the law implemented to save America's threatened flora and fauna, from the star cactus to the grizzly bear.

Sticky Gecko Feet Repel Grime, and Other Stories
January 7, 2005 12:00 AM - California Academy of Sciences

Geckos can climb vertical walls thanks to their sticky feet. Yet geckos never need to groom their feet. Despite these adhesive tendencies, the gecko's tacky toes repel grime automatically, according to new research by Kellar Autumn and Wendy Hansen of Lewis & Clark College.

India, Pakistan Hold Crucial Talks over River Row
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

India and Pakistan began talks on Tuesday to resolve a long-running dispute over a dam in Kashmir which threatens to cause another setback to an already fragile peace process.

First Oil Removed from Broken Freighter off Alaska
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Salvagers have begun removing oil from tanks on a freighter that broke apart last month off Alaska, spilling most of the vessel's estimated 442,000 gallons of fuel into the Bering Sea and onto shore.

UK Company Defends Land Rights in Venezuela Reform
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Representatives of Britain's Vestey Group, whose large Venezuelan cattle ranch is targeted in a government land reform drive, Wednesday rejected charges that it left land idle and illegally held public property.

War Zones Yield Cheap Shelter for Tsunami Homeless
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Tim Large, Reuters

Sandbags and barbed wire, staples of war zones, could become the stuff of cheap emergency housing for survivors of the Asian tsunami if relief agencies adopt a new building concept developed in quake-prone California.

Arizona Rivers Flowing After Storms
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Arthur H. Rotstein, Associated Press

For the first time in seven years, virtually every river in Arizona is doing what rivers usually do in most other places: flow with water.

Potential Tsunami Flood Zones Mapped
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - William McCall, Associated Press

A computer model that can predict the impact of a tsunami from the San Francisco Bay area to Alaska is helping scientists plot danger zones in coastal cities to guide emergency planning.

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