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  Updated Fri, 25 Apr 2014 04:30:02 -0000
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5 Ways to Help the Sherpas of Everest
Description: These five organizations and funds assist Sherpa families in Nepal.
Odds of NYC Flooding During a Storm Up 20-Fold
Description: New study documents rising storm surges since the mid-19th century.
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Description: The 163-million-year-old Kryptodrakon pushes back the evolution of the ancient flying reptiles by five million years, a new study says.
Conflicting Reports on Whether Everest Is Open as Outfitters Pull Out
Description: Nepali officials say Mount Everest is not closed, but teams are departing out of respect for the Sherpas.
Climbers Continue Up North Side of Everest
Description: The deadly avalanche on the Nepali side of Mount Everest hasn't stopped expeditions from China.
Astronomers Solve Mystery of Superbright Supernova
Description: Astronomers have struggled to explain why a distant supernova was way too bright. Now, one team has figured it out.
Sequencing Tsetse Fly Genome Reveals Surprises That May Save Lives
Description: Scientists may next be able to exploit the deadly fly's live birth and mammalian-like milk in battle against sleeping sickness.
What Happens When Oil Spills in the Arctic?
Description: As oil companies prepare to tap into Arctic oil, a new report from the National Research Council says we're far from ready to clean up a spill.
Four Expeditions Cancel Plans to Climb Everest This Year
Description: Climbers, guides, Sherpas, and Nepali officials are divided on what's next for Everest season.
Charting Deaths on Everest: A History of Fatal Climbing Accidents
Description: Sixteen Sherpas were killed in an April 18 avalanche in the deadliest single day on Everest, but there's a long history of fatalities on the mountain.
Q&A: How a Stowaway Survived a Plane Trip in a Wheel Well
Description: An aerospace physiologist describes how a five-hour trip in extreme cold, at very high altitudes, affects the body.
Injured Sherpas Recall Deadly Avalanche
Description: Two injured Sherpas recount the horrific avalanche on Mount Everest.
Hundreds of Exoplanets, A Handful Right for Life
Description: The March 2014 landslide in Oso, Washington, a month ago today, called attention to the lack of a national system to monitor landslide data. The U.S. government prepares hazard maps for other types of natural disasters like earthquakes and floods, but not for landslides. Even though they cause up to 2 billion dollars a year in damages nationwide, most data is collected at state level. NASA’s Global Landslide Catalog (GLC), which collects data from media reports and disaster databases, is the first attempt to survey rainfall-triggered landslides.
Record Number of Seals and Sea Lions Rescued in California
Description: A toxic algal bloom and other factors are leading to marine mammal distress off California, where the Marine Mammal Center is rehabbing animals.
Longest Land Mammal Migration in Lower 48 Discovered
Description: Wyoming mule deer cross many obstacles, from low desert to high mountains, posing challenges for conservation.
After Washington Mudslide, Questions About Building in Nature's Danger Zones
Description: Washington mudslide disaster highlights the risks of building in danger zones.
A Mars Mission for Budget Travelers
Description: Sending astronauts to Mars might be surprisingly affordable, says an expert panel: $100 billion over 20 years could do the trick.
Neanderthals Lived in Small, Isolated Populations, Gene Analysis Shows
Description: Comparisons with Neanderthal DNA may point to genes that make us uniquely human and uncover the origins of genetic ailments.
Everest's Sherpas Issue List of Demands
Description: Sherpas submit list of demands to government for better working conditions on Mount Everest.
Mapping the Killer Path of the Everest Avalanche
Description: Mapping the path of the killer Everest avalanche through the notoriously dangerous Khumbu Icefall.
Earth Day 2014: How It Became a Global Environmental Event
Description: Gina McCarthy, EPA chief, talks about Earth Day and how it became a global environmental event that on April 22 will include a billion people.
Why Sherpas Will Still Climb Everest, Even After Deadly Avalanche
Description: Sange Sherpa lost a son on Everest. But for many climbers, he says, the risk is worth it.
The Brave Sage of Timbuktu: Abdel Kader Haidara
Description: Abdel Kader Haidara had made it his life's work to document, as never before, Mali's achievements as an ancient center of progressive thought. When the jihadists came, he led the rescue operation to save 350,000 manuscripts.
Sherpas Killed on Everest Cremated as Survivors Call for Boycott
Description: The remains of Sherpa guides killed by an avalanche on Mount Everest on Friday, the deadliest day in the mountain's history, have been cremated.
Climbing Finished for Season on Everest After Deadly Avalanche?
Description: In the wake of a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest, Sherpas ask for concerns to be addressed.
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