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Amid Superstorm Sandy's Havoc, A Win for Wildlife

A year after Hurricane Sandy smashed into the U.S. East Coast, some of the beaches and ocean areas are better for birds and marine life.<p>Hurricane Sandy's waves arrived at high tide, destroying 650,000 homes, flooding lower Manhattan, and inundating coastal wetlands. In a few places, however, the …

Brain Science: Early Childhood Testimony Unreliable

A neuroscience review casts doubt on early memories. We talk to the researcher.<p><b>A commonly held belief that traumatic childhood memories are accurate misleads judges and jurors in criminal cases, according to a scientific review released on Wednesday.</b><p>Neuroscience and behavioral research into memory …

Finest Roman-British Sculpture Found in London

Exquisitely carved limestone sculpture adorned emperor's tomb 1,800 years ago.<p><b>Archaeologists excavating at the future site of a 16-story hotel in London have uncovered a 1,800-year-old statue of an eagle with a writhing serpent in its beak.</b><p>The statue was carved in limestone from the Cotswolds and …

New Alzheimer's Research Holds Promise for Future

Studies are focusing on sleep, brain proteins, new drugs, lifestyle, and more.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>Every week brings reports of research furthering our understanding of Alzheimer's disease, which affects more than five million Americans today. The</b> …

Indispensable Ocean: Aligning Ocean Health and Human Well-Being

Changing Planet<p><b>A report from the Global Partnership for Oceans Blue Ribbon Panel.</b><p>By Dr. Sylvia A. Earle<p>In a presentation at the World Bank headquarters in 2009, I began by showing the classic image of Earth from space and commented: “There it is—The World Bank. Throughout the history of humankind, …

The Happiest Country in the World

So far, I’ve been to about ten countries that each claim to be the happiest country on Earth.<p>In Iceland, in Denmark, in Holland, even in India once, someone pulled me aside to claim that their country is the happiest. I never disagree; I just simply ask, “How do you know?”<p>I’ve taken enough Stats …

Expedition Underway to Extract Latest Fossil Find From Cradle of Humankind Cave

Wildlife<p><b>Expedition Underway to Extract Latest Fossil Find From Cradle of Humankind Cave</b><p><i>Six specialised archaeological cavers in SA to help with new excavation</i><p>An international team of researchers will in the next few days begin excavations on a new site that may contain evidence of early human …

Rare Cat Captured in Camera Trap

Changing Planet<p><b>Scientists in the U.K. have caught the elusive Borneo bay cat (Pardofelis badia) on camera, along with four other rare species of felines.</b><p>Cats are notoriously secretive, and the Borneo bay cat is no exception. But this feline is more mysterious than most. Fewer than 2,500 of them are …

India Shoots for Mars

India's first Mars orbiter mission is scheduled to arrive in late 2014.<p><b>The race to Mars is heating up with India's successful launch Tuesday of its first mission to the red planet. (See also "Video: Mission to Mars.")</b><p>The rocket carrying the robotic orbiter called Mangalayan, which means "Mars …

Oldest Fossil of Mating Insects Found; Sex Positions Haven’t Changed

Wildlife<p>A holotype male, on the right, and allotype female, on the left.<br>Photograph by Li S, Shih C, Wang C, Pang H, Ren D<p><b>You could call it everlasting love: Scientists have discovered the oldest fossil of mating insects, which lived during the Jurassic period.</b><p>A pair of unlucky froghoppers were …

There Are Hominid Fossils Waiting to Be Discovered!

Wildlife<p><b>Rising Star Expedition: November 7, 2013</b><p>The tents are up. The generators are purring. The clothes have dried from the adventure of a gear rescue during a quick but powerful South African thunderstorm. We’re sitting quietly at last, in collapsible chairs, and suddenly Elen Feuerriegel’s …

Hand-Scrubbing Washes Away Bad Feelings … And Motivation?

You'll wash away feelings of failure, but also feel less inspired to improve.<p><b>In addition to preventing the spread of germs and flu, washing your hands might also reduce feelings of failure, according to a new study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.</b><p>Kai Kaspar, of the …

Iran, powers extend talks to clinch elusive nuclear deal

GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran and six world powers extended high-stakes talks over Tehran’s nuclear program into an unscheduled third day on Saturday, as their top diplomats labored to hammer out a long-sought deal to end a decade-old standoff.<p>U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) walks with European …

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Syria rebel ex-commander says West 'supporting' Assad

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/entertainment/1027000/1027176_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532574268_c560ff7a747f0972693a0432d8f2c737<p><b>One of the top rebel commanders in Syria has accused "hesitant" British and US policymakers of effectively backing the Syrian government.</b><p>Col …

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