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Could It Be The Missing Link In Anthropoid Evolution?

The New York Natural History Museum presents the remains of a primate that could be the "missing link".

Ida is 47 million years old but is very well preserved for its age. "It is the most complete primate fossil that was ever found," explains the group of scientists that is presenting today the remains of a young female who, they say, could be the "missing link" in the evolution of anthropoids.

The fossil of Ida, 58 centimeters in length, is twenty times older than the majority of existing remnants that explain the human evolution. Scientists say that it could be a transitional specy that shows characteristics of a very primitive prosimian lineage, at the root of the anthropoid evolution, when the first primates developed features that later evolve into monkeys, apes and humans species.

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Genetically Modified Trees Can Give Direction To Lost Hickers

A small step for genetic engineering, but a big step for mankind, at least for people unable to read a map or to use a GPS to find their way when hicking in national parks: BioTeckTrees Corp. (NasdaqGS: BTTC) has just announced that they have successfully introduced electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) genetic material into a Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis; family Pinaceae) and that they will soon be able to design the trees so they can give direction to lost hickers.

Electrophorus electricus, also know as "electric eel" or "tremblador" is an electrical fish, capable of generating powerful electric shocks. This electric power generation property will also allow the tree to recharge lost hickers' mobile phones.

Despite strong resistance from environmentalists who are opposed to the introduction of GM plants in American forests, the first tree should be planted on April 1st in Redwood National Park (Ca).

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Rocket (Fuel) Man

In the Senate, Richard Bryan worked to safeguard Nevada's water supply. Then he became a lobbyist for the chemical firms that contaminated it. By David Corn

A decade ago, Nevada's congressional delegation won a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund drinking-water improvements in rural areas of the state. The aim was to ensure the water supply in these locales was free of dangerous levels of various chemicals, including the rocket-fuel additive perchlorate, a potential health hazard. The amount of money was modest—$12.5 million—but that didn't stop the state's federal legislators from crowing about their accomplishment. Richard Bryan, one of Nevada's two Democratic senators at the time, proudly declared that Nevadans had a right "to safe, clean drinking water."

Ten years later, Bryan was a lobbyist for manufacturers of perchlorate.

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Mount Redoubt Erupts 4 Times In 3 Hours

Mount Redoubt erupts 4 times in 3 hours; ash fall reported in Skwentna; flights canceled.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Mount Redoubt erupted four times three hours late Sunday and early Monday, and the Alaska Volcano Observatory says the most recent was the largest so far.

"Beginning at 10:38 p.m. (Sunday) night, we began to have explosive activity," geophysicist John Power with the United States Geological Survey said. "At this point we have recorded four separate explosive events.

"These events were very large, explosive eruptions of Redoubt Volcano."

An eruption cloud is estimated to be at 50,000 feet above sea level at present.

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Alaska's Mount Redoubt Erupts Four Times

Alaska's Mt. Redoubt volcano erupted late Monday and early Tuesday in "four large explosions," sending an ash plume an estimated 9 miles into the air, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported.

"The ash cloud went to 50,000 feet, and it's currently drifting toward the north, northeast," said Janet Schaefer, a geologist with the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Geologists at the observatory say the volcano, located 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, erupted four times, from 10:30 p.m. to 1:40 a.m. local time.

"This is a fairly large eruption, close to the larger cities in Alaska," Geophysicist John Power said. He said nearby cities have not yet reported ash fall from the volcano, but noted that it's still early.

Using radar and satellite technology, the National Weather Service is predicting ash to start falling later Monday morning.

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Czech leader joins meeting of climate deniers

By George Marshall, founder of the Climate Outreach Information Network

It is billed as the largest ever gathering of climate change deniers, a convention that kicked off last night with a title suggesting global warming is a thing of the past, and a guest list that includes a hurricane forecaster, a retired astronaut and a sitting European president.

Entitled Global Warming: Was It Ever Really a Crisis? and featuring some of the most prominent naysayers in the climate change debate, this week's conference in New York sets out to escalate its confrontation with the scientific establishment, the vast majority of whose members subscribe to the view that humans are the principal cause of climate change.

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What Invasive Species Are Trying to Tell Us

Walking snakeheads, carnivorous snails, and the superpredator from the reef: The invasion has begun. By Julia Whitty

Les Gibson takes me out to teach me how to hunt, which is what he calls fishing. Despite the fact that every public beach in Queensland, Australia, has been periodically closed this season due to blooms of box jellyfish, and despite the fearsome saltwater crocodiles living here, Les strides confidently into the bay with a pair of 10-foot-long bamboo spears and his wooden woomera, the multipurpose Aboriginal atlatl, or spear-thrower.

When I ask him if he worries about jellyfish, he tells me Aborigines have a cure for the venom. Do scientists know about this cure? I ask. No, he says, they never ask us anything.

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Earthquake Reportings and Odd Weather Around the World

Earthquake Reportings and odd weather occurrences around the world. As global warming is increasing so is the strange weather. Here is an example of the latest story

Scientists searching for extraterrestrial life might want to start digging under a Martian mountain three times as high as Mount Everest.

Liquid water likely once sloshed beneath the 15-mile-high Olympus Mons, and may still be there today. Because the mountain is volcanic, the water could be warm and friendly to life.

“Olympus Mons is a favored place to find ongoing life on Mars,” said geophysicist Patrick McGovern of Houston’s Lunar and Planetary Institute, lead author of a study in Geology in February. “An environment that’s warm and wet, and protected from adverse surface conditions, is a great place to start looking.”

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