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  • Review: 'Island of Lemurs: Madagascar' gets up close with nature

    Review: 'Island of Lemurs: Madagascar' gets up close with nature
    Imax 3-D documentary "Island of Lemurs: Madagascar" shines a spotlight on one of the earliest primates that coexisted with dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. Although extinct in their native Africa, hundreds of lemur species have adopted Madagascar as home. But these wandering spirits are hardly thriving, as 90% of the forest has been torched since humans set foot on the island some two millennia ago.
  • West Coast radiation from Fukushima disaster poses no risk, experts say

    West Coast radiation from Fukushima disaster poses no risk, experts say
    Radiation detected off the U.S. West Coast from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan has declined since the 2011 tsunami disaster and never approached levels that could pose a risk to human health, seafood or wildlife, scientists say. Experts...

    17-year study shows sharks return to give birth where their moms did

    17-year study shows sharks return to give birth where their moms did
    There’s no place like home – especially for lemon sharks about to give birth. Despite absences as long as 17 years, the pregnant sharks returned to the exact spot in the Bahamas where they were born when they were ready to become mothers,...

    Cornell to return 10,000 ancient tablets to Iraq

    Cornell to return 10,000 ancient tablets to Iraq
    Cornell University is preparing to forfeit to Iraq a vast collection of ancient cuneiform tablets in what is expected to be one of the largest returns of antiquities by an American university. The 10,000 inscribed clay blocks date from the 4th millenium...

    Dinosaurs were wired for flight, thanks to bigger brains

    Dinosaurs were wired for flight, thanks to bigger brains
    Dinosaurs may have taken flight earlier than we thought -- thanks to a larger brain. A new study in Nature finds that a wider range of dinosaurs may have had the neurological capacity to fly -- not just Archaeopteryx, the feathered dinosaur that’s...