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Malaria, diarrhea reported after storm hits Myanmar

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Health experts are scrambling to prevent widespread illness after reports of malaria outbreaks and diarrhea surfaced in areas of Myanmar hardest hit by a cyclone, U.N. health officials said Thursday.

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New Mexico Fire Beaten Back, But 59 Homes Burned

Posted: 05/08/2008 - isolated thunderstorms and wind gusting up to 20 mph came into the area later in the day, but "that didn't affect us at all," fire information officer Linda Kearns said.

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New idea in mortuary science: Dissolving bodies with lye

Posted: 05/08/2008 - The process is called alkaline hydrolysis and was developed in this country 16 years ago to get rid of animal carcasses. It uses lye, 300-degree heat and 60 pounds of pressure per square inch to destroy bodies in big stainless-steel cylinders that are similar to pressure cookers.

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Reservoir larger than Manhattan planned to help Everglades

Posted: 05/08/2008 - The earth-moving equipment and high explosives are laying the foundation for a mammoth construction project: a reservoir bigger than Manhattan designed to revive the ecosystem of the once-famed River of Grass.

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Agencies issue plan to run Columbia dams, preserve salmon

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Once an expected challenge is filed, it will be up to U.S. District Judge James Redden to decide whether the plans - known as biological opinions - meet the demands of the Endangered Species Act to put salmon on the road to recovery.

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Scientists: Warming may greatest threat to tropical species

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Tropical species are accustomed to living in a small temperature range and thus may be unable to cope with changes of even a few degrees, according to an analysis in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Chile forces residents to leave region of volcano eruption

Posted: 05/08/2008 - The week-old eruption at the Chaiten volcano has scattered ash across a wide swath of South America, forced regional airports to close and drove more than 7,000 people from their homes. Volcanologist Luis Lara warned it could grow worse.

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Australia's Koalas at risk from climate change

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Koalas are threatened by the rising level of carbon dioxide pollution in the atmosphere because it saps nutrients from the eucalyptus leaves they feed on, a researcher said Wednesday.

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Survey shows US honey bee deaths increased over last year

Posted: 05/08/2008 - As beekeepers travel with their hives this spring to pollinate crops around the country, it's clear the insects are buckling under the weight of new diseases, pesticide drift and old enemies like the parasitic varroa mite, said Dennis vanEngelsdorp, president of the group.

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Scientists map the genetic makeup of the platypus

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Unique to Australia, the platypus has confounded observers for centuries. Aboriginal legend explained it as the offspring of a duck and an amorous water rat. When the British Museum received its first specimen in 1798, zoologist George Shaw was so dubious he tried to cut the pelt with scissors to make sure the bill had not been stitched on by a taxidermist.

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System uses sound to find whales, avoid ship strikes

Posted: 05/08/2008 - Ship strikes are the top human-related cause of death for these mammals, which are in danger even from this vessel, a slow-moving research boat called the Shearwater. But new technology could soon help safeguard the whales by using sound, not sight, to track the creatures' movements.

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