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The world's top 10 longest-living creatures
More than a dozen animals live longer than we do. A new study estimates that at least one Greenland shark lived about 392 years, making it the longest-living animal with a backbone.
 
Outfoxing extinction
This July 1, 2005 file photo shows an island fox. Not long ago, these foxes native to the Channel Islands off the California coast teetered on the edge of extinction.
 
Ancient ice reveals clues about Earth's past climate
Inside a huge walk-in freezer in suburban Denver, a college student in a thick parka shoots a jolt of electricity through a 90-centimeter-long column of ice extracted from Antarctica.
 
Laos' thirst for Mekong River dams imperils vital fisheries
Dismissing its neighbors' pleas, impoverished Laos is rapidly building a Mekong River dam that threatens fisheries crucial to millions of Southeast Asia's poorest people.
 
Geologists have found the first evidence for China's Great Flood, a 4,000-year-old disaster on the Yellow River that led to birth of the Xia dynasty and modern Chinese civilization, researchers said Thursday.
 
Attorneys argue for listing bearded seals as threatened
Bearded seals, the largest of the Arctic seals, deserve to be listed as a threatened species because of continuing loss of their sea ice habitat, a federal government attorney told a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.
 
First evidence of legendary China flood may rewrite history
Geologists have found the first evidence for China's Great Flood, a 4,000-year-old disaster on the Yellow River that led to birth of the Xia dynasty and modern Chinese civilization, researchers said Thursday.
 
Primate of her life
In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 4, Gorilla Kira holds her baby at Moscow's zoo, Russia. The baby was born on July 22 and she's already living with her mother and other gorillas.
 
'Earth's fever rises': scientists' annual check-up
Earth's fever got worse last year, breaking dozens of climate records, scientists said in a massive report nicknamed the annual physical for the planet.
 
Wildfire strikes Montana
Tod McKay, spokesman for the Bitterroot National Forest, walks by a burned truck and shop at Dave Campbell's home in Judd Creek Hollow, in Hamilton, Montana, Tuesday, Aug. 2. Both were burned by a wildfire fire that blew up Sunday near Hamilton; however, his house survived the fire. "We're just trying to get people out of the way now," McKay told the Missoulian newspaper. "We can rebuild homes. We need to get people out of this area."
 
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