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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.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Gets New Director in Golden, Colo.
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Raabe, The Denver Post

Dan E. Arvizu was named director Tuesday of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden by U.S. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.

New York to Get Easements on 104,000 Acres of Adirondack Forest
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Garifo, Watertown Daily Times

New York will acquire easements on more than 104,000 acres of Adirondack forest lands in what is described as the third largest land acquisition in the state's history.

21 EU Nations Ready to Make Kyoto Emissions Cuts
January 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The European Union head office said it approved a further five national emissions trading plans Thursday, as the EU began participating in the Kyoto climate change pact this month.

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