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Should cheetahs be reintroduced in India?

Cheetahs ( Acinonyx jubatus ) may be the world's fastest land mammal, but that hasn't helped them escape their worst enemy: humans. The big cats have been hunted to extinction in 15 countries, and their remaining African and Asian populations currently face genetic weaknesses, such as low sperm counts and deformed tails, because of inbreeding.Now, controversial efforts are underway to return the cheetah to India, the nation that gave the species its name ( citrakaya in Sanskrit)...

September 16, 2009 — John Platt

FDA approves H1N1 swine flu vaccines

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the long-awaited vaccines for the H1N1 "swine" flu virus this afternoon. It is expected to be available in a month at about 90,000 locations nationwide, the Associated Press reported. 

"We will have enough vaccine available for everyone," Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary, said in an address to Congress today, the AP reports...

September 15, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Jupiter borrowed a passing comet to make a moon for 12 years

The middle of the 20th century was an eventful time in terms of Earth's geopolitics. In the spring of 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was taking shape, and simmering tensions in Korea hinted at the war that would begin there the following year...

September 15, 2009 — John Matson

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