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Life on the Mississippi Turned Upside Down for River Pilots

Down where this great American river meets the Gulf of Mexico, river pilots negotiate a new reality as they steer oceangoing oil tankers, cruise ships and gigantic cargo carriers toward the warehouses, docks and rail yards of New Orleans. >> Read the Full Article

Gliders Tracking Whale Calls, Ocean Waves

Six-foot, 100-pound underwater gliders are swimming the oceans of the world and dutifully sending data home on everything from whale calls to the massive waves produced by hurricanes. >> Read the Full Article

Yellowstone Bison Numbers Down Sharply

A Yellowstone National Park spokesman has attributed the recent sharp decline in bison numbers there to the hundreds captured and sent to slaughter and to normal winter deaths. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Work to Save Gooney Birds

A pack of 10 gooney bird chicks flew into Kauai Friday -- on a chartered plane. Japanese researchers are set to raise the wild birds and thus get a leg up on saving their country's own endangered golden gooney. >> Read the Full Article

Researchers Identify Extinction Hotspots

From frigid northern Canada and Alaska to tropical Asian islands, lands where wildlife seems safe today may pose some of the greatest extinction dangers in the future. >> Read the Full Article

States Appeal to U.S. Top Court on CO2 Car Emissions

A dozen U.S. states appealed to the Supreme Court Friday on a case that seeks to force the U.S. government to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from cars and trucks, an environmental group said. >> Read the Full Article

Scientists Find Antarctic Ice Shrank Significantly

The Antarctic ice sheet shrank significantly during the past three years, according to the findings of a NASA study. >> Read the Full Article

Mice Are Key Tool in Quest for New Drugs

Always a mainstay of scientific research, mice have become a critical tool in the quest for new drugs and medical treatments. >> Read the Full Article

Pirate Trawlers Face Crackdown on Overfishing

Pirate trawlers will be tracked by a new database as part of a planned crackdown on illegal fish catches worth $9.5 billion a year that are adding to strains on global stocks, a report said Friday. >> Read the Full Article

Dog's Death Sparks Debate over Trapping's Place in Suburbia

Although documented reports of pets being caught in traps are rare, New York state legislator Jon Cooper said he has no doubt that "dozens or hundreds of pets that don't come home" are killed by traps. >> Read the Full Article