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U.S. Experts Bemoan Nation's Loss of Stature in the World of Science

Some of the nation's leading scientists, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's top science adviser, [Wednesday] sharply criticized the diminished role of science in the United States and the shortage of federal funding for research, even as science becomes increasingly important to combating problems such as climate change and the global food shortage.

from the Washington Post

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Does Aging Mission Manzanita Lack a Bear Necessity for Survival?

Under a warming sun, biologist Rick Halsey climbs a hillside once blanketed by mission manzanita. Until the Witch fire last year, this stand of manzanita was possibly the oldest of its type in the county, a century or more in age. ...

from the San Diego Union-Tribune

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Finding Order: Jane Richardson

Like many young people growing up in the 1950's, Jane Richardson veered into science in part because of Sputnik - though in her case, the connection was quite direct. Deeply interested in astronomy, she and her friends in Teaneck, N.J., used to stake out spots in a field in the days after the Soviets launched their satellite.

from Scientific American

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Was Mars Too Salty for Life?

If life ever got going on Mars, it may have been exterminated 4 billion years ago by a buildup of salt. Evidence that the planet is poisonously salty comes from a study of minerals near the Martian surface. While exploring Mars's Meridiani plain, the rover Opportunity discovered ancient deposits of magnesium sulphate that appear to have been left behind by salty water.

from New Scientist

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Delisting of Wolves Raises Hackles

Ever since humankind first huddled around a fire, the eerie howl and piercing amber eyes of wolves have been both fascinating and fearsome. ...

from the Christian Science Monitor

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Ancient "Snowball Earth" Melted Fast Due to Methane

A massive release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, may have triggered rapid melting of the last "snowball Earth" about 635 million years ago, a new study suggests. According to the snowball theory, ancient Earth experienced periods of global glaciation when ice sheets extended all the way to the Equator.

from National Geographic News

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Stonehenge 'a Long-Term Cemetery'

Stonehenge served as a burial ground for much longer than had previously been believed, new research suggests. The site was used as a cemetery for 500 years, from the point of its inception.

from BBC News Online

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FDA Takes Another Look at Prescription Warnings

Federal health officials proposed yesterday streamlining prescription drug warnings for women who are pregnant or nursing, to make it easier for physicians and patients to determine whether it's safe to take the medicines.

from the Baltimore Sun

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