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Sticky Gecko Feet Repel Grime, and Other Stories

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. >> Read the Full Article

India, Pakistan Hold Crucial Talks over River Row

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. >> Read the Full Article

First Oil Removed from Broken Freighter off Alaska

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. >> Read the Full Article

UK Company Defends Land Rights in Venezuela Reform

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. >> Read the Full Article

War Zones Yield Cheap Shelter for Tsunami Homeless

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. >> Read the Full Article

Arizona Rivers Flowing After Storms

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. >> Read the Full Article

Potential Tsunami Flood Zones Mapped

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. >> Read the Full Article

National Renewable Energy Laboratory Gets New Director in Golden, Colo.

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

New York to Get Easements on 104,000 Acres of Adirondack Forest

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. >> Read the Full Article

21 EU Nations Ready to Make Kyoto Emissions Cuts

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. >> Read the Full Article