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Experts Fear Coral Reefs May Have Been Severely Damaged by Tsunami

The tsunami that took a heavy toll in human life also battered Indian Ocean coral reefs that already were in distress from pollution and global warming, possibly causing damage that will require decades to recover, experts say. >> Read the Full Article

EBay, Intel Launch Initiative to Recycle Used Electronic Gadgets

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. >> Read the Full Article

Mangroves Could Have Reduced Tsunami Damage, U.N. Official Says

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. >> Read the Full Article

Effort Under Way to Weaken US Endangered Species Law

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. >> Read the Full Article

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