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U.S. Forest Service: Colorado aspen trees are 'starving to death'

Summit County, Colorado - Growing evidence shows drought conditions are killing Colorado's aspens at an unprecedented rate.

More than 56,000 acres of aspens have recently died in the state, according to a paper published by a group of Forest Service scientists last year.

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Aerial view of a forest of Aspen trees, Aspen, Colorado, USA

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India: Lightning kills two troopers in Tripura

At least two paramilitary personnel were killed and eight injured in separate lightning strikes in the north-eastern state of Tripura, officials here said Saturday. "A Border Security Force (BSF) jawan Subhash Singh, 48, of Allahabad died on the spot and three troopers were seriously injured when lightning struck at Bhabanipur, 60 km west of here," an official said.

He said another lightning strike killed a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) personnel Dhirendra Malakar, 45, and injured another jawan at the Dhalai district headquarter town of Ambassa, 90 km north of here.


US, North Carolina: Mysterious disorder impacts some area beekeepers, others faring well

Beekeeping hobbyist Tom Hill's eight hives have faired poorly this year. Only three survive and two of those are not strong.

In the hives that are weakened, no dead bees are actually found in the hive and not all the bees have died. A tiny cluster of living bees survives, but they are lethargic.

For example, Hill said the bees would not sting you if you stuck your hand in the hive.

They could recover if there is no big freeze this year. If a freeze does occur though, there are not enough bees for the hive to stay warm and the rest will die.

Property across the road from Franklin High School will be the site of Cross the Road Ministries Youth Center

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US, Tennessee: Torrential rains trigger street flooding, accidents and rising rivers

Torrential rains are falling across Western and Middle Tennessee today, periodic downpours alternating with brief glimpses of blue sky, with in essence only a moment's breathing room. The effects of the rain are already being felt, not the least of which is a car accident that may or may not be attributable to insufficient or ineffecient storm drain problems at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Thomas Street.



Uzumma, newly named Woodland Park Zoo gorilla

A western lowland gorilla was born Saturday about 3:30 a.m. (PST) at Woodland Park Zoo. The newborn represents the twelfth successful gorilla birth for the zoo and the third offspring between 37-year-old Amanda and the father, 28-year-old Vip. The infant is a female.

And her name is...Uzumma!

Andy Rogers
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Uzumma, a 5-month-old female western lowland gorilla, relaxes on her mother's chest after the announcement of her new name at the Woodland Park Zoo Friday, April 4, 2008


Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Belches A Toxic Brew

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The magenta cloud shows an ash plume from the eruption of Halema'uma'u vent inside the Kilauea crater.

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Thousands remain homeless after torrential rains and flooding in Ecuador

More than 14,000 Ecuadorians are still in shelters after torrential rains flooded nearly half the country.

Rain and floods are not unusual in Ecuador's winter, but this year torrential rains have continued since early January, affecting 13 provinces - nearly half the country.

Floods are expected to last until May, prompting President Rafael Correa to declare: "This is not an emergency, this is a disaster. We don't have enough resources to assist the victims."


US, California: UC Davis experts look into Redding skunk deaths

Rabies and distemper have been ruled out, but experts have not solved the mystery of Redding's dead skunks.

About 60 dead or dying skunks - and a fox and a raccoon - have been found in Redding since mid-February.

Having ruled out distemper and rabies, University of California, Davis, experts are looking at toxic substances or parasites as the cause of the animal deaths.


Antibiotics feed bacteria

Hundreds of bacteria isolated from soil samples are able to live exclusively on antibiotics as a food source, according to a report published today (April 3) in Science.


Bees learn to buzz around the neighbourhood

Bees learn to recognise particular bushes, trees and flowers, according to scientists who say these insects are surprisingly sophisticated at navigating their natural environment.

The research, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology, shows that bee behaviour is not hard-wired as once believed.

Lead author Dr Adrian Dyer, an Australian vision researcher from Monash University in Melbourne, says bees can learn new tasks, despite their tiny brain size.

"This gives us a real insight into how neurones work and how neurones can interact and learn how to solve tasks," he said.

The research shows that bee behaviour is not hard-wired as once believed