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Dead As A Dodo?

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over 4 years ago

A brilliantly preserved skeleton of the extinct dodo bird, found in Mauritius in 2007, could provide valuable DNA information which could lead to the genetic resurrection of the species. “The new dodo skeleton is particularly exciting because it was found in a cave, which helped to preserve the ...

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Speedy Genome

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over 4 years ago

“Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany, and Indiana University in Bloomington have now been able to measure for the first time directly the speed with which new mutations occur in plants. Their findings shed new light on a fundamental evolutionary ...

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Tiger Battle

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over 4 years ago

With just over 3,000 left in the world, efforts to save tigers from extinction will be stepped up in 2010 after it topped the World Wide Fund for Nature’s list of most endangered species. “Conservationists say there are just 3,200 tigers left in the world as the future of the species is threatened ...

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Veggie Emissions?

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over 4 years ago

Treehugger.com asks if climate change-protecting vegetarian humans will one day emit more carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere than cows do. “Imagine a half century has passed. It is the year 2060 and world beef consumption has fallen dramatically: a good outcome for climate-sake ...

Daylight Atheism

Photo Sunday: Newfallen

Dabanner
over 4 years ago

In honor of the season, and of all the frigid weather we've been having here in the Northeast, here's the first Photo Sunday of the new year. Stay warm! Snow on pine needles, New York City, New York, December 2009. Photo by the author. Camera details: Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS. Click for ...

Resurgence

Thinking Big In 2010

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over 4 years ago

The new year always brings new beginnings. For me, it is a time to throw out the detritus from last year, including the voluminous pile of notes I've accumulated while researching blog posts or preparing for radio appearances. But somewhere along the way, the number of pages heading for the ...

Waq al-Waq

Snapshot of Yemen

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over 4 years ago

I realize that most of Waq al-waq's long-time and loyal readers (as silent as you usually are) are well aware of the complicated tribal politics in Yemen, but since Waq al-waq's daily readership has more than tripled over the past week I thought it would be illuminating to highlight this article ...

Waq al-Waq

Foreign Policy

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over 4 years ago

Tomorrow the new issue of Foreign Policy hits the newsstands. Inside the issue I have a small(ish) article on Yemen. The article was solicited months ago as part of a project on things that could "explode" in 2010 - it seems that the editors of FP knew what they were doing when they included Yemen ...