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Army Corps Agrees NY Wetland Deserves Federal Protection

A floating pingpong ball and the threat of a lawsuit convinced the Army Corps of Engineers that a small wetland qualifies for federal protection. >> Read the Full Article

Space Mission Lands On Titan, and Other Stories

Humanity got a glimpse of a strange new world January 14 when the European Space Agency probe Huygens landed on Saturn's moon Titan. Its arrival reveals a sherbet-orange landscape with snaking river channels and rocky sediments. >> Read the Full Article

Rare Giant Pandas Boost Numbers by Almost Half

Endangered giant pandas have boosted their numbers in the wild by almost half in just a few years thanks to enlarged habitat and improved ecosystems, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday. >> Read the Full Article

Colorado Scientists Find Chemicals in Waters

Scientists have discovered that byproducts of such everyday activities as using anti-bacterial hand soap or zapping mosquitoes with bug spray are winding up in streams and groundwater from the Denver area to remote spots in the Colorado mountains. >> Read the Full Article

Ohio Wildlife Officials Consider Allowing Otter Trapping after Success of Reintroduction Programs

The wily and playful river otter was once on the verge of extinction in Ohio. Now they're thriving -- and causing so much damage that wildlife officials are considering allowing hunters to trap them. >> Read the Full Article

UN Storm Brews over Hurricane-Global Warming Link

A U.S. government hurricane scientist has resigned from the United Nations' science panel on climate change because, he said, a lead author in the group had too strongly linked global warming to hurricanes. >> Read the Full Article

Workers Try to Contain Oil from Sunken Tanker in Chicago Canal

A day after a barge exploded and sank in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, authorities suspended their search for a missing crew member and worked to contain the viscous petroleum byproduct that oozed from the wreckage. >> Read the Full Article

Maine Forestlands in Times of Change

Maine's North Woods are in a time of transition with huge swaths of land changing hands almost weekly, paper mills struggling to survive in a new global market, and multimillion-dollar homes being constructed inside a vast wilderness. >> Read the Full Article

Hiding Bycatch Nets a Big Fine

A Seattle-based commercial fishing company has pleaded guilty and been ordered to pay $500,000 in penalties for illegally disposing of halibut while catching other types of fish off Alaska. >> Read the Full Article

Farm Teen Reaps State Energy Grant

Charlie Andersen was noodling around with the idea of growing corn on his family's farm in Charlestown Township and converting it to fuel. He figured the fuel could be used for heating a greenhouse-type structure called a hoophouse. Or for running the tractor. >> Read the Full Article