Some Nature and Science News

NASA warming scientist: ‘This is the last chance’ from PhysOrg.com
(AP) — Exactly 20 years after warning America about global warming, a top NASA scientist said the situation has gotten so bad that the world’s only hope is drastic action.
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Some searchers still expect to see rare woodpecker from PhysOrg.com
(AP) — For the last three years, researchers in camouflage and waders have slogged through the east Arkansas woods hoping to spot a rare bird that so far seems unwilling to be seen.
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Canadians argue for polar bear hunt from PhysOrg.com
(AP) — Officials from northern Canada were in Washington on Monday to make an unpopular argument: Let U.S. hunters continue to kill polar bears for sport.
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Celestial clues hint at eclipse in Homer’s Odyssey from PhysOrg.com
Among countless other debates about Homer’s Odyssey — not the least of which is whether the entire poem can be attributed to Homer himself — is whether Odysseus returns home to experience a total solar eclipse. But a Rockefeller University scientist and a colleague from Argentina believe they have found astronomical references in the Odyssey that provide corroborating evidence of this celestial event. The finding is reported in this week’s online early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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