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U.S. Biologists Keen To Explore, Help Protect Cuba's Wild Places

Birders especially know that Cuba harbors hundreds of rarely seen, little-studied species. As the island nation opens to more U.S. visitors, scientists hope "green Cuba" can survive increased tourism.
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Stone Age Britons Were Eating Wheat 2,000 Years Before They Farmed It

Scientists have recovered cultivated wheat DNA from an 8,000-year-old submerged site off the British coast. The finding suggests hunter-gatherers were trading for the grain long before they grew it.
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Opposition Grows To Nicaragua Canal Connecting Atlantic And Pacific

The canal would allow passage for the largest ships on the water, but cut through wetlands, forests and the region's largest freshwater lake — and environmentalists worry about the consequences.
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Marine Biologist Eugenie Clark Remembered As Passionate Shark Advocate

During a career that spanned almost 75 years, Dr. Eugenie Clark was one of the world's foremost marine biologists and defender of sharks. Clark died Wednesday at the age of 92.
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From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.
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Alaska Farmer Turns Icy Patch Of Tundra Into A Breadbasket

Warmer temperatures in Alaska are giving farmers flexibility to plant a wider range of crops over a longer growing season. One farmer says the secret to his bounty is soil enriched by flooding rivers.
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Astronomers Discover A Supermassive Black Hole Dating To Cosmic Dawn

It's enormous, and it grew relatively quickly — less than 900 million years after the Big Bang.
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NASA Sees 'Bright Spots' On Dwarf Planet In Our Solar System

Scientists are puzzled by a new image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which found two bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres. The spots are noticeably brighter than other parts of the surface.
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Infections With Dangerous Gut Microbe Still On The Rise

Clostridium difficile sickens nearly half a million Americans annually, killing about 29,000, say federal health officials. They warn hospitals and nursing homes to tighten hygiene protocols.
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Eyelashes Grow To Just The Right Length To Shield Eyes

Eyelashes keep dust out and fend off drying breezes, a study finds. To do that they need to be a very precise length. Extra-long fake eyelashes hurt more than they help.

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