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Could the financial crisis mean more danger for elephants?

Could the financial crisis mean more danger for elephants?

The number of African elephants ( Loxodonta africana and Loxodonta cyclotis ) poached in Kenya's Tsavo National Park more than doubled last year, from 48 in 2007 to 98 in 2008, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service -- numbers the likes of which have not been seen since the poaching crisis of the 1980s garnered the international support that made a 1989 ban possible.

March 3, 2009 — John Platt
Chase terrorists the green way: <i>24</i> TV series going carbon neutral

Chase terrorists the green way: 24 TV series going carbon neutral

Actor Kiefer Sutherland is fighting imaginary terrorists the green way. Producers of 24 , the FOX drama that chronicles Sutherland's Agent Jack Bauer as he races to capture crooks over a nail-biting 24-hour period, are buying carbon offsets to compensate for the global warming emissions they're releasing with every car crash and explosion.

March 3, 2009 — Jordan Lite
Found: Oldest fossilized brain ever is uncovered in Kansas

Found: Oldest fossilized brain ever is uncovered in Kansas

A 300 million-year-old fossilized fish brain was discovered during a routine computed tomography (CT) scan, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .

March 2, 2009 — Katherine Harmon
Can the science of biogeography find Osama bin Laden?

Can the science of biogeography find Osama bin Laden?

Osama bin Laden, the FBI's most wanted terrorist, has proved an extremely elusive quarry. Could biology and geography help crack the case—and net the man with a $25-million bounty on his head for plotting numerous terrorist strikes?

March 2, 2009 — John Matson
Are greener gadgets even possible?

Are greener gadgets even possible?

The urge to buy the latest gadget and to reform environmental misbehavior may be the twin pillars of 21st century American youth culture, but can the two ever be reconciled?

March 2, 2009 — David Biello
Sebelius is pick for HHS secretary

Sebelius is pick for HHS secretary

The New York Times and the Associated Press, quoting an anonymous White House source, are reporting that Pres. Barack Obama has chosen Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the U.S.

February 28, 2009 — Ivan Oransky
Showering while a ship is under steam, and discussions about drilling into the ocean

Showering while a ship is under steam, and discussions about drilling into the ocean

Editor's Note: University of Southern California geobiologist Katrina Edwards is taking part in a three-week drilling project at the Atlantic's North Pond—a sediment-filled valley on the ocean floor—designed to locate and study what she calls the “intraterrestrials”: the myriad microbial life-forms living inside Earth's crust.

February 27, 2009 — Katrina Edwards

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