The Smithsonian National Zoo is putting together a band cuter (and furrier) than any boy band. The Washington D.C. zoo provides animals - including otters, bears and apes - with musical instruments as part of the wildlife center's enrichment program to help them engage different senses and learn certain tasks.
Fruit and vegetables have always been recommended as part of a healthy diet. However, a new research study is suggesting that the previous recommendations of five portions of fruits and vegetables ...
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Fruit and vegetables have always been recommended as part of a healthy diet. However, a new research study is suggesting that the previous recommendations of five portions of fruits and vegetables a day may be too small. If people really want to get the most potential protection against chronic disease and the risk of an early death, they should be eating more than the five- a- day recommendation for fruit and vegetables according to health researchers.
What could be better than two tiny leopard cubs? At least, that's the attitude of administrators at Denver Zoo, who welcomed the addition of a female, clouded leopard cub to join the zoo's two existing cubs of the same species on Saturday (May 17). The as yet unnamed female was born on April 10 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), a veterinary and reproductive research center in Front Royal, Virginia. The new cub joined a male, clouded leopard cub named Pi, and a female named Rhu, both born at the Denver Zoo on March 14.
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Nine wildfires covering more than 14 square miles scorched San Diego County on Wednesday, forcing thousands to flee their homes and prompting the closures of a college campus and Legoland California. No major injuries were reported.
VIENNA (AP) — Bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst made a triumphant return to Austria on Sunday after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in what the country's president called a victory for tolerance in Europe.
To watch Shane Warne bowl was to watch Leonardo da Vinci paint. A slow measured run up to the crease, as if sizing up the batsman and a simultaneous tossing up of the cherry in hands, like a shrewd sorcerer planning his next move. It was followed up by a classic side-on action and out came a ball which made the best of the batsmen look clueless. The greatest strength of Shane Warne was not having all the leg-spinning variations in his armoury, but knowing how to use them differently.
The Australian Capital Territory wants to reduce the number of kangaroos hopping about town for environmental reasons. But animal-rights groups are challenging the cull in court, saying the science isn't conclusive just yet
The Antarctic ice sheet is losing 159 billion tons a year, twice as much as the last measurements recorded.
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Antarctica is losing land ice at a rate of 159 billion tons a year, based on observations from CryoSat, Europe's ice-monitoring satellite. That figure is nearly 60 billion tons more than previously measured based on data from 2005 to 2010 -- and means an rise in sea level rise worldwide of about .45 mm a year. The findings were presented by a team of scientists from the UK’s Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling.
From Yahoo News: By Sharon Bernstein FORT BRAGG, California (Reuters) - Michael Holmes got by at his rural home near California's rugged northern coast on a disability pension and water from a decades-old well -- until the well dried up. Holmes, 65, is among an estimated million Californians who rely on private wells, many now threatened by the state's historic dry spell and with no direct access to a multi-million dollar state drought relief program. California is still counting the number of threatened wells, in the latest sign of how the state is struggling to address and even understand the extent of the worst drought in decades. A state report released last week showed groundwater levels in California had dropped over the past three, dry years, but focused mostly on issues faced by municipal water systems and agriculture, not well-dependent homeowners.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — This seaside city thought it had the perfect solution the last time California withered in a severe drought more than two decades ago: Tap the ocean to turn salty seawater to fresh water.
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