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White-Nose Syndrome: A Scourge In The Bat Caves

The disease has killed more than 5.5 million bats in the eastern United States and Canada and is making its way west. White-nose syndrome has been diagnosed in three Missouri bats — the first confirmed cases west of the Mississippi — and scientists say it won't stop there.
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Feds Interview New Witnesses In Polar Bear Probe

The interviews are part of an ongoing investigation of government scientists who described seeing dead polar bears in Arctic waters in 2006. Investigators were apparently interested in archived aerial surveys, suggesting their probe remains focused on the scientific integrity of the 2006 paper.
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Link Between Extreme Weather And Climate Change

2011 brought exceptionally mild winters in most of the U.S., deadly tornadoes in the Midwest and extended drought in the West and Southwest. Kevin Trenberth, distinguished senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, discusses the correlation between climate change and extreme weather.
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Chocolate Bilbies, Not Bunnies, For An Australian Easter

In Australia, the bunny may rule the burrows, but the bilby, a native marsupial whose population has dwindled, rules the Easter basket.
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Shake It Off: Earth's Wobble May Have Ended Ice Age

Some 20,000 years ago, the Earth wobbled on its axis. That happens periodically. But according to a new scenario, this particular time, that wobble sparked a chain reaction of events that melted glaciers and led to a gradual warming of the planet.
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Pollution Playing A Major Role In Sea Temperatures

Tiny particles from power plants and fires help create new clouds, which shade the oceans from the sun. This means changes in sea-surface temperatures. And that has profound effects on weather, influencing the time and amount of rainfall in West Africa, and even the number, strength and path of hurricanes.
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Earth Has Just One Moon, Right? Think Again

Everybody knows that there's just one moon orbiting the Earth. But a new study by a team of astronomers concludes that everybody is dead wrong about that. Minimoons, just a few feet across, make regular orbits around the planet. But they don't stick around very long — they're easily pulled away by the gravity of neighboring planets.
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Do Negative Ads Make A Difference? Political Scientists Say Not So Much

Blistering political ads like the Swift Boat attacks on John Kerry in 2004 may not be as decisive as politicians think. Political scientists say if voters already know a candidate, negative ads don't have much of an impact.

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