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Study Shows Bats Might Eat Birds

Bats, lauded for scooping up mosquitoes and other nasty pests but reviled for drinking blood and spreading rabies, now have another unpopular habit to live down -- it appears they eat songbirds, scientists said Tuesday. >> Read the Full Article

"Slum Tourism" Stirs Controversy in Kenya

A Japanese whaling ship and protest vessels have collided in the Southern Ocean, with the protesters saying they will next ram a Japanese factory ship, despite Australian calls for them to back off before someone is killed.It's the de rigeur stop off for caring foreign dignitaries. It reached a worldwide audience as a backdrop to the British blockbuster "The Constant Gardener". Any journalist wanting a quick Africa poverty story can find it there in half an hour. And now at least one travel agency offers tours round Kenya's Kibera slum, one of Africa's largest. >> Read the Full Article

China Fails to Meet Environmental Goals

China's environmental watchdog admitted Monday the country had failed to reach any of its pollution control goals for 2006 and had fallen further behind as the economy picked up speed. >> Read the Full Article

Alabama's Bald Eagle Population Booming

After 15 years of checking bald eagle nests from small planes, there are now an estimated 100 nesting pairs, up from 77 the previous year and 10 times the state's recovery goal under the Endangered Species Act. >> Read the Full Article

Whaling Activists in Ship Clash, Japan Hosts Meeting

A Japanese whaling ship and protest vessels have collided in the Southern Ocean, with the protesters saying they will next ram a Japanese factory ship, despite Australian calls for them to back off before someone is killed. >> Read the Full Article

Push for New Climate Treaty Intensifies, Hope Seen

Intensive diplomatic efforts to agree the elements of a framework by the end of the year for a new global climate change treaty are starting to make headway, according to a European official close to the negotiations. >> Read the Full Article

Warm Spring Could Hamper China's Bird Flu Efforts

China could face problems trying to control bird flu this spring due to abnormally high seasonal temperatures, the country's vice agriculture minister said. The virus has killed 166 people since 2003, according to the World Health Organisation. >> Read the Full Article

God, Darwin Clash Again in Kansas

For the fourth time in eight years, the Kansas Board of Education is preparing to take up the issue of evolution and what to teach -- or not teach -- public school students about the origins of life. >> Read the Full Article

Swiss Officials Want to Spread Sunshine

Local officials said Monday they are considering the construction of a giant mirror to light up this mountain village with 198 residents who are deprived of sunlight for three months each year. >> Read the Full Article

Ancient Chimps May Have Used Hammers

Chimpanzees may have been using stone "hammers" as long as 4,300 years ago. An international research team, led by archaeologist Julio Mercader of the University of Calgary, Canada, said Monday it had uncovered the hammers, dated to that time, in the West African country Ivory Coast. It would be the earliest known use of tools by chimpanzees. >> Read the Full Article