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Eight killed in landslide in northern Philippines

Eight people were buried alive in stones and mud Saturday night when their houses were washed away in a landslide in a village in Ifugao, northern Philippines, said local radio DZMM.

Earlier reports by local civil defense officials put the number of dead at five, while one boy was injured and four were reported missing.


Magnitude 7.4 quake hits near New Zealand

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 hit some 500 km (300 miles) southwest of New Zealand on Sunday, but there were no reports of damage and authorities discounted the risk of a major tsunami.

The quake occurred at around 6:24 p.m. local time, and was felt throughout the south of New Zealand's South Island, said Warwick Smith of state agency GNS Science.

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Large Earthquake near Guam

TOKYO - A strong earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.1 hit near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam on Sunday, Japan's Meteorological Agency said, but island media said there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Guam's Pacific Daily News said the quake could be felt in high-rise buildings on the island, which is home to a major U.S. military base.

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Waterspout Over Downtown Buffalo

Wild weather moved through Western New York Friday, producing a waterspout over downtown Buffalo and penny-sized hail over Southern Erie County.

This photo of a waterspout over downtown Buffalo was taken around 11:50 am Friday from the WNED studios near the I-190.

©Terry Gaffney, WNED

Bizarro Earth

Pernicious algae, 'Rock Snot', pops up in Wyoming stream

A nasty algae that can suffocate habitat and food sources for fish has been found in a creek in one of Wyoming's premier watersheds, according to a river group.

Didymo, an algae commonly called "rock snot," was found in Lake Creek, a tributary of the Snake River, by the U.S. Geological Survey, the Snake River Fund reported Friday.

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Himalayas heavy snowfall strands 100 climbers

More than 100 mountaineers, including one from Australia, are trapped in the northern Indian hill state of Himachal Pradesh after heavy snowfall and blizzards, news reports say.


The five teams of missing climbers included seven German nationals, eight Russians and an Australian, Uttarakhand official PC Dandriyal was quoted as saying by PTI news agency.

Better Earth

President of Rwanda Announces Historic Forest Protection Project

©Associated Free Press

New York NY - Rwandan President H. E. Paul Kagame unveiled his country's first national conservation park to promote reforestation and conservation, and research to enhance knowledge of the world's rapidly diminishing number of great apes. In collaboration with Ted Townsend, founder of Earthpark and Great Ape Trust of Iowa, President Kagame announced at the Clinton Global Initiative a joint 10-year program called The Rwanda Forest Protection Project.

Better Earth

Dell Is First Major Computer Company To Go Carbon Neutral

Washington DC - Dell has become the first major computer manufacturer to commit to neutralizing the carbon impact of its worldwide operations, a significant extension of its global climate policy and environmental stewardship. "Never before in the history of business have we seen such a critical need to build a worldwide community dedicated to improving the environment," Michael Dell, the company's chairman and CEO, said here today during a policy forum organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Better Earth

Ocean Iron Fertilization

©Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Researchers will consider whether iron fertilization can allow the ocean to absorb more carbon dioxide while remaining healthy (left), or if the addition of iron will give no net benefit while promoting other problems in the ocean (right).


The cockroaches' ability to learn varies

In its ability to learn, the cockroach is a moron in the morning and a genius in the evening.

Dramatic daily variations in the cockroach's learning ability were discovered by a new study performed by Vanderbilt University biologists and published online this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.