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  • Study: Polar bears could feel global warming's sting by 2025

    About a third of the world's polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions in as soon as a decade, a U.S. government report shows. The U.S. Geological Survey, the Interior Department's research arm, said updated scientific...
  • Too hot: Temperatures messing with sex of Australian lizards

    Hotter temperatures are messing with the gender of Australia's bearded dragon lizards, a new study finds. Dragons that are genetically male hatch as females and give birth to other lizards. And the way the lizards' gender is determined is getting changed...
  • Combinations of 'safe' chemicals may increase cancer risk, study suggests

    Combinations of 'safe' chemicals may increase cancer risk, study suggests
    Lots of chemicals are considered safe in low doses. But what happens when you ingest a little bit of a lot of different chemicals over time? In some cases, these combinations may conspire to increase your risk of cancer, according to a new report....
  • These 'babbler' birds could shed light on human language

    These 'babbler' birds could shed light on human language
    Move over, parrots. Here’s another bird with some impressive "language" skills: The chestnut-crowned babbler. Scientists studying the social birds have discovered that they can rearrange meaningless sounds in their calls to form different,...
  • Rainy June spikes Lake County's mosquito population

    Rainy June spikes Lake County's mosquito population
    An abundance of rainfall in June is bringing an abundance of mosquitoes, Lake County Health Department officials are warning. Floodwater mosquitoes thrive on rainfall, and as of June 28, 4.24 inches of rain have fallen in Waukegan compared to the month'...
  • Mono Lake's ecological crisis is a blow to wildlife, L.A. water supply

    Mono Lake's ecological crisis is a blow to wildlife, L.A. water supply
    As this drought-stricken body of salt water recedes, the repercussions mount: Its exposed alkaline flats are giving rise to dust storms. A haven for endangered migrating birds has become more vulnerable to predators. And Los Angeles' ability to divert...
  • Federal employees honored for innovation

    Federal employees honored for innovation
    Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers has long been interested in sickle cell anemia — back to high school, when he saw the first of three friends die of the painful disease. "You hate for anyone to die, but parents don't really want to bury their children,"...
  • Science inches closer to 'home brew' heroin

    Science inches closer to 'home brew' heroin
    About a month ago, researchers and policymakers started fretting about a nightmare scenario for drug enforcement: the possibility that the impending invention of morphine-producing yeast could make it easy for many people to start manufacturing highly...
  • Experts to start lobbying communities to require bear-resistant garbage cans

    Experts to start lobbying communities to require bear-resistant garbage cans
    Florida wildlife commissioners, fresh off a vote that authorized the state's first bear hunt in two decades, promised to push communities in "black bear range" to mandate bear-resistant trash cans. After Wednesday's vote on the hunt — when a fired...
  • Smithsonian institute studies loggerhead shrike's decline

    Researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are studying the loggerhead shrike to determine why the songbird's population is declining. Peer review literature has reported the songbird's population has declined about 70 percent over the...
  • Conservation groups seek increased shoreline protections

    Three conservation groups on Wednesday petitioned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change how it regulates seawalls, bulkheads or other barriers to increase habitat protections along Puget Sound shorelines. Such concrete or rock structures prevent...