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Nature in the News contains interesting, entertaining and educational articles about wildlife, nature and ecology issues. This news page contains information on everything from Yosemite rock slides and mountain lion legislation, to global warming, climate change and tiny little hummingbirds.

If you aren't sure where you stand on the issues, don't feel alone. The world we live in becomes more complex every single day. Is the earth as fragile as some would have us believe or has it endured because it's quite resilient? You decide. These issues are not going away and will continue to plague us with complex problems that will require us all to make hard decisions.

You will find plenty of food for thought and information to contemplate. Be sure to check back often.

      
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Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

February 20, 2013

California police responding to a call about a trespasser said they discovered an altar with human bones that the property owner said she bought on eBay.

Lt. Terysa Rojas with the Pasadena Police Department Crimes Against Person's division said authorities responded to a call from a Pasadena homeowner about a trespasser on her property Sunday and they arrived to find the woman's back yard contained "a makeshift altar that included some bones," ABC News reported Wednesday. "The coroner determined them to be human bones," Rojas said.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

February 18, 2013

A Texas woman said police in Tennessee detained her because they thought the Ohio State University Buckeye logo on her car was a "marijuana sticker."

Bonnie Jonas-Boggioni, 65, of Plano, Texas, told The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch she and her 66-year-old husband were driving near Memphis Feb. 4 when police in a black sport utility vehicle pulled them over, and then a second black SUV pulled behind the first. Jonas-Boggioni said she hadn't been speeding so she wondered why police were pulling her over. "They were very serious," she said. "They had the body armor and the guns."

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

February 11, 2013

Electrodes on the brain of a paralyzed man allowed him to move a robot arm to touch a friend's hand for the first time in seven years, researchers said.

Tim Hemmes, 30, who sustained a spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident seven years ago that left him unable to move his body below the shoulders, was able to use brain-computer interface technology to control movement of a computer cursor and later a robot arm, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reported Friday. Hemmes' thoughts were interpreted by computer algorithms and translated into intended movement, they said.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

February 11, 2013

Russia enacted a temporary ban of beef and pork imports from the United States Monday, citing the use of the feed additive ractopamine, officials said.

The use of ractopamine, which is used to stimulate livestock growth and make meat leaner, has been banned in 160 countries, including Russia, RIA Novosti reported. The U.S. government and meat industry lobbyists say the additive is safe in certain quantities.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

January 31, 2013

Men who eat a regular diet of deep-fried foods such as french fries, fried chicken and doughnuts have a higher risk of prostate cancer, U.S. researchers say.

Janet L. Stanford, Marni Stott-Miller and Marian Neuhouser, all of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's Public Health Sciences Division in Seattle, analyzed data from two prior population-based case-control studies involving 1,549 men diagnosed with prostate cancer and 1,492 age-matched healthy controls. The men were Caucasian and African-American Seattle-area residents ages 35 to 74. Participants were asked to fill out a dietary questionnaire about their usual food intake, including specific deep-fried foods.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

January 31, 2013

Officials in a Michigan city said they are considering a $5-per-rat bounty to help combat the local rodent problem.

St. Clair Shores Acting City Manager Mike Smith said the bounty proposal is among the measures being considered by the city, which is also mulling more secure trash cans and education programs for residents on how to keep the rats away from their homes, WJBK-TV, Detroit, reported Thursday. "When we first heard it, it was like oh come on. Really? A bounty. But then we talked about it some more. We said if it does help us find out where the issues are, it may be something worth considering. We know we're not going to trap our way out of rats being in existence," Smith said.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

January 31, 2013

Zebrafish, often used in genetics studies, may hold the key to repairing damaged retinas and returning eyesight to people, Canadian researchers say.

Scientist at the University of Alberta report a zebrafish's stem cells can selectively regenerate damaged photoreceptor cells. Geneticists have known for some time that unlike human stem cells, stem cells in zebrafish can replace damaged cells involved in many components of eyesight.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

January 29, 2013

Young people who favor organic, local and sustainable foods are more likely to make healthier food choices, U.S. researchers say.

Jennifer E. Pelletier, Melissa N. Laska, Dianne Neumark-Sztainer and Mary Story of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Epidemiology and Community Health conducted a cross-sectional study, which examined the characteristics and dietary behaviors of 1,201 students. The study participants were at a two-year community college and a four-year public university in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. The participants reported low, moderate, or high importance on alternative food production practices.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

January 28, 2013

An Oklahoma house has been dubbed "The Twin House" with a third consecutive family to live there having a set of twins.

Chelsea Smith of Oklahoma City said she and her husband, Brady, were not concerned in summer 2011 when Jennifer Gaines, who had lived in her house two tenants before her, told them that the last two couples to live there had boy/girl fraternal twins, The Oklahoman reported Monday. "I thought it was crazy," Chelsea said. "I thought, 'Well a house doesn't make you have twins.' However, Chelsea said she discovered she was pregnant in early 2012 and an ultrasound soon revealed she was carrying twins - a boy and a girl.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

January 22, 2013

DNA, normally structured as a double helix, has been seen in a "quadruple helix" form in human cells and could be related to cancer, British researchers say.

The double helix has been considered the normal form of DNA for 60 years, since researchers James Watson and Francis Crick described the way two long chemical chains wound up around each other to encode the information that cells need to build and maintain our bodies. A four-stranded version scientists have been able to produce in test tubes for a number of years has now been found in human cells for the first time, the BBC reported Monday.

      
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