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Florida's Manatees: Big, Beloved And Bitterly Contested

They're large, even ungainly. But there may be no animal more beloved in Florida than the manatee.<p>Sorry, dolphins. It's the manatee that is the state's official marine mammal. But as manatees meander through Florida's shallow bays, rivers and canals, they often encounter people. And that's where …

Drunk your water? Now eat the bottle it came in

Edible water container made of gelatinous membranes has been likened in appearance to a jellyfish or a breast implant<p>An edible “water ball” designed to replace plastic water bottles has been shortlisted as one of five ideas that could radically change the world.<p>The product, named “Ooho!”, consists …

Brazil builds giant Amazon observation tower

<b>Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin to monitor climate change.</b><p>The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is expected to rise 325m from the ground.<p>Its instruments will gather data on greenhouse gases, aerosol particles and the weather in one of the largest …

Climate Change

New Report Highlights Dire Situation of Many U.S. Birds

The current state of birds in the U.S. is a mixed bag, according to a new report, with some species in serious decline and others on the upswing.<p>For the second time in as many days, a new report highlights trouble for American birds. While a study by the National Audubon Society points out threats …

How Students Are Using The World's Largest Indoor Smog Chamber To Save The Planet

Simulating the atmosphere does more than just help students learn about the world.<p>It’s not easy to make a cloud indoors, but students at the University of California, Riverside are certainly trying. They’re using the Atmospheric Processes Laboratory—the world’s largest indoor smog chamber—to learn …