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Europe nixes controversial Turkish dam once again

Germany, Austria and Switzerland are expected to withdraw financial support for Turkey's controversial Ilisu Dam. The two billion euro ($2.8 billion) dam threatened to flood Kurdish settlements and ancient archaeological sites, while starving Iraq and its endangered marshes of water...

June 23, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Second suicide in Indian artifact theft case

Last Friday, a second alleged Indian artifact thief turned up dead in an apparent suicide. Steven L. Shrader, 56, appeared to have shot himself twice in the chest behind an elementary school in Shabbona, Ill., where he had gone to visit his mother...

June 22, 2009 — Brendan Borrell

Google develops a landmark recognition engine

While it's possible to search the Web for images, there's still no way of searching the images themselves. Google is hoping to change this through a research project that can match digital photos of certain famous landmarks with text descriptions of those landmarks (including their namesname and where they're located) without the need for a conventional search engine...

June 22, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier
Subways Loudest Transit Option in NYC

Subways Loudest Transit Option in NYC

In a report in the American Journal of Public Health performed in New York City, subways were the loudest mass transit option, with potentially hearing-damaging noise levels. Steve Mirsky reports...

June 22, 2009

Wolverine arrives in Colorado, first in 90 years

A lone male wolverine arrived in northern Colorado earlier this month, making him the first confirmed wolverine in the state since 1919.

In December, conservation biologists had outfitted the young wolverine, which is part of a reintroduction program farther north, with a tracking collar and watched him make the 500-mile (805-kilometer) journey from the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, crossing rugged landscapes and even busy Interstate-80, reports the Denver Post ...

June 19, 2009 — Katherine Harmon
Following the Money

Following the Money

Where do the billions in global health funds come from, and where do they go?

June 19, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Up and away: NASA's lunar spacecraft are on their way

After failing to get the shuttle Endeavour off the launch pad this week, NASA had better luck with its mission to map the moon.

An Atlas V rocket lifted off from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)...

June 19, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier
Clean Diesel Comes of Age

Clean Diesel Comes of Age

A new study shows that diesel trucks and buses are spewing far less soot and smog into the air than they did just a few years ago

June 18, 2009 — Marla Cone and Environmental Health News

Supremes nix right to DNA testing for convicts

Prisoners have no constitutional right to DNA testing to challenge their convictions, the Supreme Court ruled today in a 5 to 4 vote.

The majority seemed concerned that requests for testing would overwhelm—and possibly undermine—the courts...

June 18, 2009 — Katherine Harmon
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