Wed March 30, 2011

Deadly bat disease spreads West, Colorado officials concerned

The U.S. Forest Service cut off access to caves on its land in Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming to curb the spread of White Nose Syndrome last summer.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today a deadly fungus that’s killing off bat populations on the East Coast has spread to Ohio.

White Nose Syndrome was first identified in New York in 2006. Since that time it’s spread up and down the East Coast, and a fungus connected to it has been detected as far west as Oklahoma—just 200 miles from the Colorado border.

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Wed February 23, 2011

Snowmass Fossil Dig to Resume in May

The remains of a tusk from an American Mastodon found near Snowmass, Colo.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Scientists have reached an agreement with the Town of Snowmass Village to continue unearthing ice age fossils at a reservoir site this May. 

Teams from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science say the town has agreed to suspend a planned expansion of the reservoir so the exploration can continue once the snow melts. 

Last fall, a bulldozer driver working at the site stumbled upon what would turn out to be a bounty of rare, ice age fossils and countless plants, some believed to be more than 130,000 years old.

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Thu February 3, 2011

Study: Wolverine in Peril from Climate Change

A newly published study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder shows that climate change could wipe out the wolverine in the western United States by the year 2050, unless greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

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Thu December 2, 2010

Eat Your Worms: The Upside Of Parasites

For years evidence has been mounting that intestinal parasites can actually be a good thing for people with inflammatory bowel disease because certain parasitic worms seem to help the intestine heal.

Now scientists think they've found at least one reason why this is so, thanks to a man who has spent years treating his own bowel disease with worms. Years ago, that man placed a call to P'ng Loke, a parasitologist who was then working at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Sat June 24, 2006

A Noah's Ark for Earth's Seeds

Originally published on Sat June 24, 2006 8:59 am

Cary Fowler is the executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, based in Rome.
Dan Charles, NPR

Norway has launched a unique construction project on the remote Norwegian island of Svalbard, halfway between the Arctic Circle and the North Pole. It's an underground vault for agricultural seeds, a kind of Noah's Ark for millions of varieties of wheat, rice, and hundreds of other crops that farmers no longer plant in their fields.

For a soft-spoken man from western Tennessee named Cary Fowler, it's the culmination of a lifelong -- and controversial -- campaign.

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