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Lemurs of Madagascar

Changing Planet<p><i>On board with Lindblad Expeditions Southern Africa and Indian Ocean tour.</i><p>I’d just arrived in Madagascar for the first time. I was with the foremost expert on the primates called lemurs, trying to pay attention. I had everything to learn. We’d just gotten there on the ship <i>National</i> …

Bat Man of Borneo

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>“It’s like in <i>Batman Begins</i>, when young Batman is standing in a bat cave with the bats swirling all around him,” says National Geographic grantee Donald McFarlane, comparing his real-life work to a scene featuring the iconic superhero. McFarlane may not fly but, as a bat …

One Colorado Town’s Answer to a Catch-22 of Water Conservation

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>A few years ago, the town of Westminster, Colorado, just north of Denver, came eye-to-eye with an issue many water-conserving cities face when a resident posed this question at a public meeting, <i>“Why do you ask me to conserve, and then raise my rates?”</i><p>With droughts dotting the …

R4WO Invited To The United Nations To Discuss Marine Plastic Pollution

Changing Planet<p><b>The R4WO had a lot on its plate in the Big Apple in order to keep on passing the message about the urgency to act for our oceans.</b><p>Litter is found in all the world’s oceans and seas and concerns are growing about impacts of marine litter on ecosystem health, biodiversity and human …

Runners See a Different Side of the Roof of Africa

Simon Mtuy knows every inch of the popular hiking routes that snake up the sides of Africa’s highest mountain.<p>A Chagga tribesman who grew up in a small village nestled in the shadows of Mount Kilimanjaro, Mtuy’s first job nearly 35 years ago was to porter equipment for international climbers …

Lemon-Scented Malaria

Parasites are life’s great success story, abundant in both species and sheer numbers. One secret to their success is the ability that many parasites have to manipulate their hosts. By pulling strings like a puppet master, they use their hosts to advance towards their own goal of planetary conquest. …

Caffeine: The Buzz That Keeps Us Coming Back

March is Caffeine Awareness Month, and – depending on what and who you read – it’s either time to up your coffee intake or drop it altogether in favor of fruit smoothies or herbal tea.<p>Caffeine – though certainly not the most flashy – is possibly the world’s most popular psychoactive drug. People …

Exciting New Prospects for Crocodile Conservation in Cuba

Changing Planet<p><b>By Natalia Rossi</b><p>Since 1999, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), where I serve as a program fellow and herpetologist, has worked in Cuba to protect both American and Cuban crocodiles. With air boats unavailable in the isolated island nation, our research frequently has us walking …

Tequila’s Savior May Be the ‘Bat Man’ of Mexico

For the last 20 years, scientist Rodrigo Medellin has worked to protect a particular endangered species of bat that just might help protect something else in danger – your tequila.<p>Growing up in Mexico City, Medellin always knew he wasn’t like other children. His first word was “flamingo.” He kept …

A subculture of entrepreneurship hatches in Japan

For years, Japan has been searching for a way to get its economic mojo back, and increasingly it's looking to people like 17-year-old high school dropout Yoichiro Mikami as the answer.<p>In a conformist culture where the socially acceptable road to success has typically meant cram school, …

Apple's Tim Cook calls out 'religious freedom' laws as discriminatory

US laws enabling discrimination against LGBT people ‘rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear’, says Apple chief<p>Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook has called on US legislators to rethink their support of so-called religious freedom laws, which enshrine the ability …

LGBTQI

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Travel

Darwin’s “Strangest” Beast Finds Place on Tree

“<i>Toxodon</i> is perhaps one of the strangest animals ever discovered,” wrote Charles Darwin, a man who was no stranger to strangeness. He first encountered the creature in Uruguay on November 26th, 1834. “Having heard of some giant’s bones at a neighbouring farm-house…, I rode there accompanied by my …

27 cases of tuberculosis at Kansas high school

A total of 27 people tested positive for tuberculosis at a Kansas high school. CNN affiliate KSHB reports.

Public Health

Analysis: An HIV 'game changer'?

<b>There is excited talk today that we have reached a "game changing" moment in controlling the HIV epidemic.</b><p>This is not a cure or vaccine, but a highly effective way of preventing transmission of the virus.<p>The idea is to give HIV drugs to gay men having unprotected sex while they are still uninfected.<p>…

Public Health

Abducted Syrian Christians moved to militant stronghold

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have moved a large group of Christians they abducted to one of their strongholds as fighting raged on Wednesday between the extremists and Kurdish and Christian militiamen for control of a chain of villages along a strategic river in northeastern Syria, …

Human Rights

Scientists Can Now Tell Where A Puff Of Methane Originated

Silent and deadly<p>Carbon dioxide emissions make the big headlines in climate change news, and with good reason--we've now seen the impact of carbon dioxide on global temperature. But carbon dioxide has a far more potent cousin lingering in her shadow. Methane comes in second to carbon dioxide in the …

Natural Gas

The Week in Review: Measles Spreads, Vaccination Debate Continues

More than 100 people across 14 U.S. states have contracted measles this year as part of an outbreak that began after a December flare-up at Disneyland. Yearly cases have only topped 100 five times since 2001, a benchmark already passed in the first two months of 2015.<p>“There will be more cases…We …

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Pope Francis' Mexico remark not meant to offend, Vatican says

ROME (Reuters) - A remark by Pope Francis to the effect that he hoped his homeland Argentina could avoid “Mexicanization” was not intended to offend Mexicans or to undervalue the government’s efforts to fight drug trafficking, the Vatican said on Wednesday.<p>Pope Francis blesses as he leads the …

Mexico

America's Pain Killer Problem is Growing, Federal Data Shows

New federal data released Wednesday reveals the state of America’s pain killer use.<p>According to the numbers released by the Centers for Disease …

Painkillers

Ukraine sees first day without combat deaths since ceasefire began

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Monster catfish which looks big enough to swallow a man whole caught in Italy

The giant fish, which weighed 20 stone, was caught by twin brothers Dino and Dario Ferrari in northern Italy<p>With its huge, gaping mouth, it looks big enough to swallow a person whole.<p>This giant catfish, which weighed 20 stone (127kg) was caught by twin brothers Dino and Dario Ferrari in the Po …

Car belonging to missing Florida woman found in lake with body inside

Authorities in Florida were fearing the worst Sunday as they confirmed that a car belonging to a woman missing since early on Feb. 12 had been found with a body inside.<p>The Tampa Bay Times reported that authorities have "no reason" to believe the body in the car is not Apryl Foster, 33, who was last …

WHO urges shift to single-use smart syringes

<b>Smart syringes that break after one use should be used for injections by 2020, the World Health Organization has announced.</b><p>Reusing syringes leads to more than two million people being infected with diseases including HIV and hepatitis each year.<p>The new needles are more expensive, but the WHO says …

Public Health

Marital woes may have had part in ex-cop's killing daughters

HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — A troubled marriage, including a recent conversation about a possible separation, may have played a part when a retired police officer shot and killed two teenage daughters as they slept at their suburban home, then killed himself in the garage, police said Monday.<p>But there …

Crime

Marine who vanished in Iraq in 2004 found guilty of desertion

A U.S. Marine who vanished in Iraq in 2004 has been sentenced to two years in prison for leaving his post and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S.<p>As part of the sentence handed down Monday, Cpl. Wassef Hassoun will have a reduction in rank, loss of pay and a dishonorable …

Public Health

It's so cold the Great Lakes are turning into massive frozen plain

It is so cold this winter that the five Great Lakes are freezing over, joining Niagara Falls in a dramatic ice makeover.<p>Lake Erie is nearly totally frozen and Lake Superior and Lake Huron aren’t far behind. Large swaths of Lake Michigan and Lake Ontario are also iced. Overall, the<p>National Oceanic …