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U.N. Court Orders Japan to Halt Antarctic Whaling

The decision to ban Japan’s annual whaling drive off Antarctica, handed down by the United Nations’ highest court on Monday, is a hard-won victory for conservationists who have long argued that Tokyo’s whaling research is a cover for commercial whaling.
“We are very happy with the backing of the International Court. We had never expected such a strong ruling."
- Geert Vons, a representative of Sea Shepherd

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Katrina helps New Orleans fight fire ants

New Orleans, LA - Entomologists believe that Hurricane Katrina provided them with a golden opportunity to knock out, or at least squash, the fire ant population in this city.

Saving sharks with magnets

World Wildlife Fund, 7 years, 11 months, 1 week, 2 days, 5 hours, 27 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Brussels, Belgium - Thousands of sharks could be saved from being caught and killed on fishing lines thanks to the winning entry of this year's WWF-sponsored Smart Gear competition.

Rains Fall on Somalia, Easing Threat of Famine

Somalia - The start of the rainy season in Somalia in late April may have averted a moderate famine in the poverty-stricken and chaotic northeastern African nation, a UN office said on Wednesday.

New monkey species remarkable

Washington, DC - A new species of monkey identified in Tanzania's highlands last year is an even more remarkable find than thought -- it is a new genus of animal, scientists said on Thursday.

EU extends hydrogen push after city bus success

Frankfurt, Germany - A pilot program has shown hydrogen-powered city buses work well without polluting the environment, the European Commission said on Thursday, extending its push to promote emission-free vehicles.

9/11 widows help Afghanistan war widows

Kabul, Afghanistan - The two American women walk down a fly-infested alley where sewage from mud huts drains onto the dirt walkway.

New species of monkey discovered in Tanzania is a new genus

Wildlife Conservation Society, 7 years, 11 months, 1 week, 2 days, 20 hours, 17 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comments (1)
Washington, DC - A new monkey species discovered last year by scientists with the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and other groups is now shown to be so unique, it requires a new genus – the first one for monkeys in 83 years, according to a study published in this week's Science.

Bounty Fishing Helping Save Salmon

Chinook Landing, OR - On his first cast of the season, Jim Walker pitched a lure resembling a baby salmon into the dark green waters of the Columbia River and -- BAM! -- hooked a 24-inch fish with a $4 bounty on its head.

$10M Prize for Hydrogen Fuel Technology

Washington, DC, USA - Scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs will be able to vie for a grand prize of $10 million, and smaller prizes reaching millions of dollars, under House-passed legislation to encourage research into hydrogen as an alternative fuel.

Korea unveils world’s second android

Seoul, KR - Korea has developed its own android [a female modeled after two movies stars and a singer, called Ever-1] capable of facial expressions on its humanoid face, the second such machine to be developed after one from Japan.

The Road to Recovery: 100 Success Stories for Endangered Species Day 2006

the Center for Biological Diversity, 7 years, 11 months, 1 week, 3 days, 3 hours, 33 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Tucson, AZ - Endangered Species Day to "encourage the people of the United States to become educated about, and aware of, threats to species, success stories in species recovery, and the opportunity to promote species conservation worldwide."

The most realistic virtual reality room in the world

Iowa State University, 7 years, 11 months, 1 week, 3 days, 4 hours, 3 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Ames, Iowa - More than $4 million in equipment upgrades will shine 100 million pixels on Iowa State University's six-sided virtual reality room.

Malaysia seizes lizards, tortoises illegally bound for Thailand

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysian authorities have seized thousands of monitor lizards and turtles bound for illegal trade in neighboring Thailand, reports said.

Relic of ancient asteroid found

Morokweng crater, South Africa - A large fragment of an asteroid that punched 160km-wide (100 miles) hole in the Earth's surface has been found.

Tibet Provides Passage For Chemicals To Reach The Stratosphere

Pasadena, CA - ASA and university researchers have found that thunderstorms over Tibet provide a main pathway for water vapor and chemicals to travel from Earth's lower atmosphere - where human activity directly affects atmospheric composition - to the stratosphere, where the protective ozone layer resides.

Amid Mines and Barbed Wire, Wildlife Thrives in a Cold War No Man’s Land

Yanggu, South Korea - Within earshot of a truckload of South Korean troops, a family of wild boars approaches a military base looking for an afternoon snack. Just down the road, water deer dash into a forest dotted with mines.

U.S. Patent Office to use wiki-based peer reviews of patent applications

Washington, D.C. - The US Patent and Trademark Office has received praise for officially launching the Peer to Patent program -- the purpose of Peer to Patent is to find patents that have been issued for already made products or items that don't properly qualify for a patent. Because the USPTO usually does not have the manpower and time to thoroughly check every patent that comes into the office, many are unjustly rubber stamped. A New York law school helped develop the Peer to Patent program...

India and US to explore the Moon in 2008

Bangalore, India - Under an accord between the countries' space agencies, India's first unmanned lunar mission will carry two scientific payloads from the US agency, NASA.

A light with a bright future

USA - Light bulbs have blazed for more than 125 years, and people still can't seem to get enough of them. But as energy costs soar, the future of the traditional incandescent light bulb is beginning to dim.

China reports discovery of 2,000-year-old walled city ruins

Beijing, China - Archeologists have unearthed the ruins of a 2,000-year-old walled city in a reservoir on China's northeastern border with North Korea, a news report said Wednesday.

Women attracted to men who like children: study

Santa Barbara, CA - Women can pick up cues about how men feel about children from their faces and use the subtle signs to rate them as potential partners, scientists said on Wednesday.

Hamas and Fatah agree to end clashes

Palestine - Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have agreed to end a spate of armed clashes at an emergency meeting in Gaza City.

Fisherman Nets Ancient Statue in Greece

Athens, Greece - A Greek fisherman has handed over to authorities a large section of an ancient bronze statue brought up in his nets in the Aegean Sea, officials said on Monday.

Man Crosses U.S. to Walk Off Pounds, Past

Fairfield, New Jersey, USA - Steve Vaught has lost more than 100 pounds on his walk across the country, but he's regaining his sanity.

Dolphins Name Themselves

Sarasota Bay, FL - A high-pitched "wee-o-wee-o-wee-o-wee" whistle might not sound like much to you, but it's exactly how a dolphin might introduce itself.

Beach Patrols Help Sea Turtles Rebound

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands - Beach patrols to save dwindling leatherback sea turtle populations appear to be working on the Caribbean island of St. Croix.

Ancient Puebloans reburied at park

Towaoc, Colorado - "A wrong has been righted," a New Mexico tribal leader said Thursday of the recent reburial in Mesa Verde National Park of the remains of more than 1,500 Ancestral Puebloans.

Meteorites Discovered To Carry Interstellar Carbon

Carnegie Institution, 7 years, 11 months, 1 week, 5 days, 2 hours, 33 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Washington, DC - Like an interplanetary spaceship carrying passengers, meteorites have long been suspected of ferrying relatively young ingredients of life to our planet.

Copying nature could save us energy, study shows

University of Bath, 7 years, 11 months, 1 week, 5 days, 2 hours, 49 minutes ago, [PRESS RELEASE] comment
Bath, England - New technologies that mimic the way insects, plants and animals overcome engineering problems could help reduce our dependence on energy, according to new research published in the Royal Society journal Interface.

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