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Along the Rio Grande, An Innovative Water Market Restores Riverside Habitat

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>Low aerial view of Selden Point Bar, one of the restoration sites on the Rio Grande floodplain in New Mexico.<p>With rivers in the American Southwest dammed, diverted, drought-stricken and running dry, their fate is increasingly in human hands.<p>Now, in the southern portion of the …


Deep-Sea Vehicle Nereus Lost 6 Miles Down

A catastrophic implosion likely led to the loss of the only scientific vehicle that could work at such extreme depths.<p>On Friday a deep-sea robotic vehicle named <i>Nereus</i> vanished under the weight of 6.2 miles (9,977 meters) of water in the western Pacific Ocean.<p>Surface debris—spotted the day after …

Electric Vehicles

Can Technology End Pirate Fishing?

Last week, a 60-meter Japanese fishing vessel following the Benguela Current northward along the southwest coast of Africa entered Angolan waters, where it remained for some five days before returning to international waters to meet side-by-side with a Japanese reefer vessel.<p>That activity is more …


Newly Discovered Carnivore Looks Like Teddy Bear

In "incredibly rare" find, scientists discover animal in Andean cloud forests.<p><b>A fuzzy fog-dweller with a face like a teddy bear is the first carnivore found in the Western Hemisphere in more than three decades, a new study says.</b><p>The 2-pound (0.9-kilogram) creature, called an olinguito, didn't make …


Why Ancient Earth Was So Warm

Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere kept the planet toasty, model shows.<p><b>Some three to four billion years ago, Earth was about as warm as it is today, but the sun was much dimmer.</b><p>This so-called faint young sun paradox, first identified by astronomer Carl Sagan in the early 1970s, has flummoxed many a …

Climate Change