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Polar Bear DNA From Footprints Could Aid Research
Polar bear DNA has been isolated for the first time from footprints left in the snow on an Arctic island.
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Scientists Trick E. Coli Bacteria Into Making Propane
British and Finnish scientists say this method of generating propane using E. coli bacteria could lead to commercial production in five to 10 years.
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Chernobyl's Legacy: Radioactive Wild Boars Roam Germany
The explosion at the Ukrainian plant spread a radioactive cloud over Europe in 1986.
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Lava Gushes From Iceland Volcano
Fountains of lava up to 200-feet high spurt from a fissure in the ground on the north side of the Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland.
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Nailing 'Garbage Patch' Polluters: Math Might Help
A new mathematical model could provide the tool needed to track down who's flushing plastic into the oceans, killing fish, birds and sea turtles.
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Fifty Tons of Dead Fish Wash Up in Mexican Lake
Mexican authorities are investigating after thousands of fish died from unknown causes.
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Plastic Bags Could Get the Sack in California
In much of California, you can't get free plastic bags for your groceries, and if the governor signs a new bill, that'll be true across the state.
How Plastics Could Help Save Us From Greenhouse Gases
A technology to convert carbon dioxide and methane into plastic is emerging as one potential market-driven method for fighting global climate change.
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Yellowstone Reminds Tourists: Leave Your Drones at Home
Yellowstone officials say at least three tourists have been cited this summer for illegally flying drones in the park.
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Nocturne: Photos Shine Light on Creatures of the Night
Nocturnal animals get their turn in the spotlight in "Nocturne," a picture book by photographer Traer Scott.
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Volcano Erupts in Papua New Guinea, Diverting Flights
A volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea on Friday sent smoke and ash spewing high over the South Pacific island nation.
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Locust Cloud Darkens Skies Over Madagascar Capital
A swarm of locusts invaded the center of Madagascar's capital city on Thursday.
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Waves Knock Out California Lifeguard Building
Large waves generated by Hurricane Marie knocked out Cove House Lifeguard Administrative Building in Point Mugu, California, Thursday.
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Southwest's Risk of 'Megadrought' Raised in Study
New research that used paleoclimate data to tweak climate models paints a sobering picture of the future for America's Southwest.
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Wild Waves, a Wedding Portrait: The Week in Pictures
A funeral in Ferguson, a doctor escapes Ebola, a truce in Israel and Gaza, surf’s up from Hurricane Marie, earthquake shakes Napa and more.
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Brutal Winter? Almanac Might Be Wrong, Scientists Say
A NOAA meteorologist says scientists aren't seeing the climate conditions that would indicate what the Almanac calls a "record breaking winter."
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California Forests Hit by Huge Rim Fire Will Be Logged
The logging industry said the operation will pay for restoring the forest, but environmentalists said disrupting the land would harm birds.
U.S. Protects 20 Coral Species as Threatened
Five of the species are found off Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and the rest in the Pacific near Guam and American Samoa.
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Blizzards Won't End as Winters Grow Warmer: Study
In fact, some high-latitude regions of the Northern Hemisphere might see more snow in extreme events, even as overall snowfall there declines.
Mystery of Death Valley's Moving Rocks Solved
Thanks to video, time-lapse photographs and GPS tracking, there's now a natural explanation for Racetrack Playa's sailing stones.
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Strange Spikes Across Siberia Puzzle Astronauts
The sight of dark-green features running along the Kulunda Steppe left astronauts stumped, according to NASA's Earth Observatory.
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Ivory Atrocity: Crime Groups Speed Elephant Slaughter
Report says poaching is 'at highest level in 25 years,' fueled by insatiable Chinese demand and organized crime syndicates.
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River Reborn: Elwha Flows Wild and Free Again
The removal of dams on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula marks a new era for the river, its ecosystem and those who come to experience it.
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