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Delta Smelt, Icon of California Water Wars, Is Almost Extinct

April 3, 2015 - 7:38am
Tiny fish's survival hangs in the balance as severe drought and decades of water pumping drain its habitat.
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Touch-Free Archaeology Reveals History With Lasers, Drones

April 3, 2015 - 6:20am
In Portugal and elsewhere, noninvasive research techniques are gently revealing the past, without the disruption of digging.
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Behind California's Historic Water Restrictions: Low Snowpack

April 2, 2015 - 3:16pm
Snow in mountains is only 6 percent of normal, worsening drought.
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Desert-Dwelling Fish Can 'Hold Its Breath' for Five Hours

April 2, 2015 - 12:57pm
Tiny pupfish have adapted their respiration to go without oxygen for long stretches.
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See a Blood Moon in Shortest Eclipse of the Century

April 2, 2015 - 12:30pm
A total lunar eclipse will dazzle sky-watchers in the western half of North America.
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Celebrate Hubble's 25th Anniversary in Space With These Awesome Photos

April 2, 2015 - 11:35am
Hubble’s lead imaging scientist shares his favorite celestial views from the space telescope.
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Are Harvard's Dying Hemlocks a Warning for Trees Everywhere?

April 2, 2015 - 8:10am
Snowshoeing through Harvard Forest is a chance to ponder the fate of forests on a rapidly warming planet.
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California Issues First-Ever Mandatory Water Cuts

April 1, 2015 - 3:35pm
Facing historic drought, the state will require a 25 percent cut for consumers, but not for farms.
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How One Man Realized His Dream of Visiting Every Country

April 1, 2015 - 1:50pm
Lessons learned from traveling to 196 countries include what old camel meat tastes like and why toilet paper is the best economic indicator.
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How Did a Coyote End Up on a Roof in New York City?

April 1, 2015 - 1:23pm
It's no April Fools' prank—the predators are becoming increasingly comfortable in cities, which offer more opportunities for prey.
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'Little Foot' Fossil Skeleton Rivals Famous Lucy in Age

April 1, 2015 - 12:34pm
Four-million-year date for skeleton suggests South Africa figures more prominently in early human evolution than thought.
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As Sea Stars Die, New Worries About Urchins

April 1, 2015 - 7:13am
Some urchins waste away, others come out of hiding as the fallout from sea star disease ripples along the California coast.
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Amazing: Tiny Birds Fly Without Landing for Three Days

March 31, 2015 - 5:03pm
Warblers that weigh about as much as a stack of 12 business cards fly thousands of miles across the Atlantic during their fall migration.
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Was "Earliest Musical Instrument" Just a Chewed-Up Bone?

March 31, 2015 - 5:01pm
“Neanderthal bone flutes” were the work of scavenging hyenas, a new study says.
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Gotcha! 5 of History's Most Outrageous April Fools' Day Hoaxes

March 31, 2015 - 3:44pm
Learn about 5 great hoaxes, including the famous Swiss spaghetti harvest.
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As Yemen Descends Into Chaos, Key Questions and Answers

March 31, 2015 - 2:57pm
Making sense of a growing conflict that involves a bewildering number of players
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Antarctica May Have Hit Highest Temperature on Record

March 31, 2015 - 2:13pm
But overall climate picture for southernmost continent remains "complex," say scientists.
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U.S. Unveils Plans to Cut Greenhouse Gases

March 31, 2015 - 1:34pm
White House submits targets for meeting UN goals on climate change.
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Watch People Rescue Entangled Swans—How Did It Happen?

March 31, 2015 - 12:35pm
Photographers in Latvia saved the lives of two male mute swans, which likely got stuck together while fighting for territory.
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4 Baby Bird Cams You Should Watch This Spring

March 30, 2015 - 3:05pm
From sleepy bald eaglets to clamoring owlets, get a bird's-eye view of new families in their nests.
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