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Bizarro Earth

Scorched Earth millenium map shows 'fire scars'

A geographer from the University of Leicester has produced for the first time a map of the scorched Earth for every year since the turn of the Millennium.

Dr Kevin Tansey, of the Department of Geography, a leading scientist in an international team, created a visual impression of the fire scars on our planet between 2000 and 2007. The work was funded by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

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This map shows the occurrence of fire activity in sub-Saharan Africa, determined by detection of the fire scar, for a seven year period 2000-2007. The frequency of fire occurrence is shown in the map, color-coded from regions that burnt once in the seven year period shown in green to regions that burnt during every year of the project shown in purple.

Life Preserver

Swelling China lakes a danger 2 weeks after quake

MIANZHU - China was preparing to dynamite rock, mud and rubble forming a dangerously large "quake lake" on Monday, hoping to avert a new disaster two weeks after a catastrophic tremor struck Sichuan province.

The government put the death toll from the May 12 earthquake at 65,080, an increase of more than 2,400 from a day earlier. The figure is certain to rise as searchers account for the 23,150 missing. A total of 360,058 people were injured.

Cloud Lightning

Lethal storms kill 8 in Iowa and Minnesota

DES MOINES, Iowa - Powerful storms packing large hail, heavy rain and tornadoes made for a deadly Memorial Day weekend across the nation's midsection, killing at least seven people in Iowa and a 2-year-old child in Minnesota.


China quake toll tops 65,000

The death toll from China's earthquake rose to 65,080 today, with another 23,150 missing, a government spokesman said.

"As of noon on May 26, the earthquake has caused 65,080 deaths," Cabinet spokesman Guo Weimin said. The new toll was up nearly 2500 from the figure of 62,664 given yesterday.

Guo also said 360,058 people had been injured in China's worst earthquake in more than 30 years, which struck the southwestern province of Sichuan on May 12.

Cloud Lightning

Storm kills at least 1 in Minnesota

HUGO, Minn. - Severe thunderstorms packing large hail and possible tornadoes rumbled across the nation's midsection on Sunday, killing at least one person, injuring at least eight others and damaging dozens of homes.

Bizarro Earth

China aftershock destroys 71,000 homes; 1 killed

CHENGDU, China - A powerful aftershock destroyed tens of thousands of homes in central China on Sunday, killing one person and straining recovery efforts from the country's worst earthquake in three decades. More than 400 others were injured.

Bizarro Earth

China quake zone braced for rain

China's earthquake zone has been warned to prepare for heavy rains which could hamper further relief efforts.

There are concerns that construction of temporary shelters for five million homeless could be delayed, while water levels in dams and lakes remain high.

Magic Wand

Did China's pandas know the quake was coming?

As the human death toll from the China earthquake on May 12 tops 50,000, emergency rations are being sent to some of the most endangered survivors - giant pandas.

The China Daily reports that some 4500 kilograms of bamboo leaves and 1050 kg of bamboo shoots, as well as apples, soya beans, eggs and milk powder are being sent to feed giant pandas at the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Wolong, Sichuan province, just 30 kilometres from the epicentre. Five of the centre's workers were killed in the quake, and 2 of 53 pandas were injured.


'Crazy' ants plague Texas, fouling electronics

Texans are battling a plague of insects that sounds right out of the book of Exodus. So-called "crazy Rasberry ants," named after Tom Rasberry, the exterminator who first identified them, and called "crazy" for their erratic marching pattern, have begun appearing in huge numbers in the Houston area. The ants have been wreaking havoc on homes by destroying electrical wiring, according to the Houston Chronicle, which offers this fear-inducing introduction:
You won't be able to hear them.

Don't even try.

But somewhere out there, maybe as near as your backyard, the crazy Rasberry ants are marching. Hundreds, thousands, millions, billions of them are coming in a near-unstoppable zig-zagging insect army intent on making your home, yard and life a living hill.

Bizarro Earth

Three giant pandas missing after China quake

Three giant pandas are missing from the world's most famous panda reserve located less than 20 miles from the epicenter of China's earthquake.