Daily Archives: September 19, 2013

SA firm sparkles after monster diamond finds

Its share price surged nearly 70 percent this week.

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Don’t Help Injured Baby Raccoons? Alabama Edict Angers Those Who Love Them

A state conservation agency has told raccoon protectors in Alabama to stop rehabilitating the animals, a decision that has angered many. read more

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World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Coast Guard Boards Greenpeace Ship in Arctic

Armed Russian officers boarded a Greenpeace ship that was circling an Arctic oil platform on Thursday after Moscow accused the environmentalist group of “aggressive and provocative” behavior. read more

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NASA Mars rover finds no sign of methane, telltale sign of life

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has come up empty-handed in its search for methane in the planet’s atmosphere, a gas that on Earth is a strong indicator of life, officials said on Thursday. read more

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Magazine: Into the Wildfire

What science is learning about fire and how to live with it. read more

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Green Column: A Dutch Plan to Let Nature Takes Its Course

A place called the Oostvardersplaasen is the site of a remarkable experiment to regenerate wildlife, giving a window to what parts of the Netherlands looked like in the past. read more

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Candace Pert, 67, Explorer of the Brain, Dies

As a Johns Hopkins graduate student, Dr. Pert helped discover a key to brain chemistry. She went on to become a neuroscientist and a major proponent of alternative medicine. read more

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Mars Rover Comes Up Empty in Search for Methane

In more than a year on Mars, Curiosity has found no evidence of methane, a gas that is considered a possible calling card of microbes, NASA announced Thursday. read more

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Matter: New Approach to Explaining Evolution’s Big Bang

Two scientists take a fresh look at the hypotheses about the Cambrian explosion, one of the most important phases in the history of life. read more

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Study Affirms Benefit of Back Braces as Scoliosis Treatment

Physicians have recommended bracing to treat scoliosis in adolescents for more than 50 years, but until now, research on its effectiveness had produced mixed results. read more

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Environment Groups Set for New Fight Over Drilling on U.S.-Managed Utah Land

The Bureau of Land Management plans to open some of the San Rafael Swell in central Utah to oil and gas drilling. read more

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Stephen E. Malawista, Lyme Disease Researcher, Dies at 79

Dr. Malawista and his team were credited with defining an ailment that was causing distress in Connecticut. read more

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As Adirondack Reserve Grows, Asking How Wild It Should Stay

While outdoor lovers have embraced the more than 21,000 acres of pristine wilderness, they now find themselves in a tug of war over how the land should be enjoyed. read more

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World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Greenpeace Members Held at Arctic Oil Rig

Russian border guards detained two activists from the environmentalist group Wednesday morning after they boarded an oil rig to protest drilling in the Arctic. read more

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