Amanda McDonald

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Meet 'Anthracosuchus balrogus,' The 900-Pound Prehistoric Crocodile

It was 16 feet (4.8 meters) long and tipped the scales at 900 lbs. (408 kilograms). With a blunt snout and powerful bite, it ate turtles and battled monster snakes. Now this extinct dyrosaur, a type of crocodilian, which roamed an ancient rainforest a few million years after the dinosaurs died, has …

Obama Gives Bristol Bay Fishermen A Great Christmas Present!

Human Journey<p>By Carl Safina and Elizabeth Brown<p>Last month, President Obama used his executive power to protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay from future oil and gas drilling. Bristol Bay is a 52,000 square mile area (roughly the size of Florida), north of the Aleutian Islands that the largest surviving …

Salmon

In Mississippi, a power plant is designed to shape the future of coal

DE KALB, Miss. — Looming like a spaceship over pine and sweet-gum forest, the high-tech power plant under construction in rural Kemper County is a $5-billion wager on an energy future that includes coal.<p>The Kemper plant is scheduled to open this year as the first in the United States to ramp up …

Energy

“Our universe would be destroyed”: Inside the science of “Interstellar”

The physicist who advised “Interstellar” explains the wild science behind the film’s otherworldly ideas<p>In <i>Interstellar</i>, the gravitational anomalies excite Professor Brand for two reasons. If he can discover their cause, that may trigger a revolution in our understanding of gravity, a revolution as …

A Toxic Mine Spill In Mexico May Have Contaminated US Water

The checks came after a massive acid leak in the Sonora River from the Buenavista copper mine, the worst environmental disaster on record in Mexico's mining industry.<p>The spill turned a 60-kilometer (40-mile) stretch of the waterway orange and caused Mexican authorities to shut off the municipal …

Israel-Palestinian conflict: Life in the Gaza Strip

<b>Home to 1.9 million people, Gaza is 41km (25 miles) long and 10km wide, an enclave bounded by the Mediterranean Sea, Israel and Egypt.</b><p>Originally occupied by Egypt, which retains control of Gaza's southern border, the territory was captured by Israel during the 1967 Middle East war. Israel withdrew …

Israel

Children in Gaza sponsored by Christian charity killed

<b>(CNN)</b> – If you were a second grader in Gaza, you would already be living through your third war with Israel.<p>So many children have unfairly shouldered the brunt of this bloodshed.<p>It has been painful to see the pictures and read the stories of the young lives lost and entire families wiped out for …

Israel: Our troops were attacked in Gaza - CNN Video