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Wolf protection plan raises hackles in Southwest

ALBUQUERQUE — In the small, rural community of Reserve, children waiting for the school bus gather inside wooden and mesh cages provided as protection from wolves. Parents consider the "kid cages" a reasonable precaution.<p>Defenders of the wolves note there have been no documented wolf attacks in New …

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Group auctions off chance to hunt endangered rhino — to benefit rhino charity

<b>Editor's Note:</b> <i>A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the Dallas Safari Club's auction of black rhino hunting permit would benefit the Save the Rhino Trust. The auction benefits the government of Namibia's Game Products Trust Fund. NBCDFW regrets the error.</i><p>Save a critically …

Beer Experts Say These Are The 20 Best Beers In The World

Stanford University computer science post-doc Julian McAuley and assistant professor Jure Leskovec released a paper earlier this year outlining how our tastes change as we consume more products and gain more expertise.<p>Their theory was the more experience we have, the more we will like certain …

Inside Twitter’s plan to go public as quickly and quietly as it can

Twitter would like to go public as quietly as possible. And to do that, it will go public as quickly as possible, too.<p>The clock started yesterday when the company tweeted that it had filed paperwork for an IPO. But the confidential filing actually happened a few weeks ago, according to someone who …

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EPA Quietly Withdraws Two Proposed Chemical Safety Rules

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency this week quietly withdrew two draft rules dealing with the regulation of chemicals. The potential rules were in limbo at the Office of Management for several years.<p>One of the rules was a proposal to add Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical included in …

Zimbabwe elephants poisoned by poachers in Hwange

<b>Poachers have used poison to kill 41 elephants in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, an official has told the BBC.</b><p>Zimbabwe Parks spokeswoman Caroline Washaya Moyo said it was suspected that cyanide was used to poison salt pans but tests are still being carried out.<p>She said it was Zimbabwe's worst …

UCSF study shows gaming makes you cognitively younger (video)

A slew of negatives plague video games -- Peter Pan Syndrome, hyper-violence, camping -- but their youthfulness could do just what Nintendo's <i>Brain Age</i> promised: improve elderly brain function. Over four years, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco had a group play a custom game …