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- Bears, Black (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
- Bears, Malayan Sun Bear (Oakland Zoo)
Provides facts and a picture. "Smallest of the bear family, length about 4.5 feet. Height at shoulder of 2 feet."
- Bears, Grizzly (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Provides a photo of the grizzly bear. 6-99
- Bears, Brown (University of Michigan - Ballenger)
Provides a picture and description. 3-00
- Bears, Polar (Kids' Planet)
Includes a description and a drawing.
- Bears, Grizzly (Kids' Planet)
Includes a description and a drawing.
- Bears, Polar (Zoological Society of San Diego)
Provides a description and includes pictures. 2-01
- Bears, Giant Pandas (Smithsonian Institution)
Provides a few pictures and detailed information about the bear from China that lives on bamboo. 1-02
- Bears, Grizzly (National Parks Conservation Association)
Provides a drawing and basic facts.
- Polar Bears Going Extinct (CBS News)
"More than two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be killed off by 2050 - including the entire population in Alaska - because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, government scientists forecast Friday." 09-07
- Bears (A-Z Animals)
"Most bears are nocturnal, solitary animals only really congregating during the bears mating season. The mother bear will then raise her cubs until they too, are old enough to live on their own. Bears generally have an excellent sense of smell and are also fantastic at climbing trees, swimming and are able to run at speeds of up to 35 mph for short periods of time."
The sub-species of bears include: Asian Black Bear, Black Bear, Brown Bear, Giant Panda Bear, Grizzly Bear, Polar Bear, Spectacled Bear, and Sun Bear. 01-09
- Beanie Babies and Teddy Bears (Wauer-Ferus)
Provides games, clipart and more. 09-09
- Cultural Diversity and Early Education (National Academy of Sciences - Phillips and Crowell)
Provides "research literature that bears on the early education of culturally and linguistically diverse populations of children." 2-00
- Animals Clipart (ClipsAhoy.com)
Provides Bears, Birds, Bugs, Cats, Cows, Dogs, Donkeys and Mules, Elephants, Foxes, Fish and Water, Horses, Moose, Pets, Pigs, Rabbits, Reptiles, Rodents, and Sheep. 2-01
- Endangered, Threatened, Vulnerable, or Stable Species (National Parks Conservation Association - GetOutdoors.com)
Provides factsheets on animals needing protection, including the Grizzly Bears, Gray Wolves, Manatees, Lynx, Dolphins, Bisons, American Crocodiles, Sea Turtles, Killer Whales (Orcas), Sea Otters, Prairie Dogs, Florida Panthers, Humpback Whales, Bats, Moose, California Condors, Elk, Blue Whales, Caribou, Steller Sea Lions, Bald Eagles, Sharks, Red Wolves, American Alligators, and Black-Footed Ferrets.
- Santana, Carlos (RockHall.com)
"Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rock's true virtuosos and guiding lights. Since 1966, he has led the group that bears his surname, selling over 30 million albums and performing before 13 million people." 9-03
- Rotterdam Storm Surge Barrier (IABSE)
"Several joint ventures competed for the contract to design and construct the Rotterdam Storm Surge Barrier. After fierce competition, it was awarded to a joint venture in 1989. In nearly every sense the project was innovative in that new ways were found to design and construct the superstructure which bears a striking resemblance in size and appearance with the Eiffel Tower in Paris." 9-05
- Water Bear (Microscopy)
"Strangely enough, water bears are at the same time among the most unknown and the most fascinating creatures on earth. They have successfully escaped man's exploitation of nature and still can be found almost everywhere on earth. Scientists have reported their existence in hot springs, on top of the Himalayas, under 5 m layers of solid ice and in ocean sediments. Many species can be found in a milder environment like lakes, ponds and meadows, others prefer stone walls and roofs. But their most typical homes are moss cushions." 7-05
- Better Pain Reliever Found (Scientific American)
"Morphine and other opioids work wonders for pain. Unfortunately, their effectiveness declines over time while their addictiveness grows, meaning patients need the drug even as it affords them less and less relief. But new research into the cellular workings of opioids offers a promising new pathway to improved pain relief--without the addiction--by triggering one receptor and blocking another."
"Medicinal chemist Philip Portoghese of the University of Minnesota and his colleagues began by studying two of the four major opioid receptors in the cells of the central nervous system. Each bears the name of a Greek letter and the chemists focused on the Mu and Delta receptors. Previous research had shown that drugs that linked up with Mu receptors lasted longer with less addiction when combined with drugs that blocked Delta receptors. But it was not known whether the two channels worked separately or in concert to improve the overall effect." 12-05
- -12-27-05 Worldwide Protests Scheduled on Global Warming (CBS News)
"From the Arctic Inuit who are losing their ice caps and polar bears to activists demanding urgent action on global warming, thousands of people will hit the streets en masse Saturday across North America and other parts of the world." 12-05
- 09-21-06 Most Corrupt Members of Congress List (BeyondDelay.org)
"It's the second year now that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has released its list of 20 muckiest senators and congresspeople."
"In the following report, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) documents the unethical activities of 25 members of Congress: 17 House Members and three Senators and five members whose known conduct isn’t severe enough for them to make the list, but bears notice. The biggest problem: the members on this list have abused their positions for the financial benefit of themselves, their friends and their families. Some do this by hiring unqualified family members, some allow family members to lobby them and many use the legislative process to earmark for the financial benefit of themselves and specific individuals. Members need to be reminded that a career in public service is not intended to be lucrative. If members want to get rich, they should become lobbyists." 09-06
- -Editorial on the Padila Conviction (New York Times)
"On the way to this verdict, the government repeatedly trampled on the Constitution, and its prosecution of Mr. Padilla was so cynical and inept that the crime he was convicted of — conspiracy to commit terrorism overseas — bears no relation to the ambitious plot to wreak mass destruction inside the United States, which the Justice Department first loudly proclaimed. Even with the guilty verdict, this conviction remains a shining example of how not to prosecute terrorism cases." 08-07
- -06-26-08 Army Corps of Engineers Causing Floods? (Time.com)
"On March 4, three Midwestern University professors wrote to warn the Army Corps of Engineers that its concrete navigation structures in the Mississippi River were intensifying floods, and that its plans to build more wingdikes and weirs would 'exacerbate a severe and growing problem.' They called some of the structures — designed to scour out the river's bottom so that barges could pass — 'loaded cannons pointing at St. Louis and East St. Louis, waiting to go off in the next flood.' Citing 'clear and unequivocal data' from a dozen peer-reviewed articles, they declared that 'the time to ask these questions is now, and not in the aftermath of the next great flood.' "
"The Army Corps, the troubled, gung-ho public works agency that bears much of the blame for leaving New Orleans underwater, blew off the academics' concerns."
"The Army Corps is always completely confident, even when it's completely wrong. Its levees protecting St. Louis and East St. Louis survived this year's great flood, thanks in part to dozens of levee breaks upstream that reduced the pressure downstream, but there is powerful evidence that the Corps' mania for concrete significantly magnified the flood's power. Army Corps structures aren't the only reason 500-year floods seem to be hitting the Mississippi every 15 years, but a National Science Foundation-funded database of 8 million hydrologic measurements suggests they are the most important reason." 06-08
- Sarah Palin Fought Polar Bear Protections (ABC News)
"McCain's vice-presidential pick, Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin, sued the Bush Administration in federal court recently, charging it was too accepting of climate change studies which overstated the phenomenon's impact on polar bears. The result, she argued, would be a negative impact on her state's businesses, including oil and gas extraction."
"Three of Palin's own state scientists reviewed the USGS studies and found them sound, according to internal documents released to an Alaska professor earlier this year under the state's open records law. But she has argued, in a New York Times editorial and elsewhere, that 'there is insufficient evidence that polar bears are in danger of becoming extinct in the foreseeable future.' " 09-08
- -Global Warming and Loss of Natural Wonders (CNN News)
"You've heard the grim timelines: if warming continues, the Great Barrier Reef will be bleached by 2030; glaciers in the Swiss Alps, on Mt. Kilimanjaro, and in Glacier National Park will disappear in under 40 years; and Arctic ice melt will leave the North Pole bare and polar bears extinct.” 05-11
- Responding to a Bear Attack (CNN News)
" 'That nanosecond before the bear hits you we recommend dropping to the ground and playing dead,' he said. 'Put your hands behind your neck so your elbows are protecting the sides of your face. Bears bite to the head and face a lot. By going passive usually they'll let you alone.' "
" 'People shouldn't fear bears,' he said. 'They should respect them.' Respecting bears, Gunther said, means traveling in large hiking parties, leaving an area where bears are and carrying bear spray, a supersized can of pepper spray to ward off attacks."07-11
- -04-13-12 Suit Filed to Make Football Safer (CNN News)
"The players are seeking financial compensation, punitive damages and payment for medical monitoring and treatment, according to Locks Law Firm founding partner Gene Locks. Eventually, he hopes the suits will prompt the NFL to pay for monitoring and treatment for all former NFL players, regardless of whether they’re part of lawsuits."
"In May, scientists announced that an autopsy of the brain of former Chicago Bears safety David Duerson, 50, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, showed evidence of 'moderately advanced' chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE."
"CTE is a degenerative, dementia-like brain disease linked to repeated brain trauma. The disease has been found in the brains of 14 of 15 former NFL players, including Duerson, studied at the Boston University School of Medicine Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy as of last May. Their cases share a common thread – repeated concussions, sub-concussive blows to the head, or both." 04-12
- -08-06-12 Drought Expands in the United States (Time.com)
"More than three-fifths of the continental U.S. is experiencing at least moderate drought, while 22.3% of the country is experiencing exceptional or extreme drought, the two worst categories according to the bad news bears at the U.S. Drought Monitor. That’s twice the area that was so classified just three weeks ago—a sign of just how rapidly this “flash drought” has deepened—and last week alone, an additional 32 million acres fell into the worst two categories. Like journalists, scientists are running out of ways to say how dry it is."
"It’ll be particularly tough for livestock producers, who depend on cheap corn for feed, but who can’t depend on the kind of crop insurance that will cushion the blow for many commodity farmers. Though as my colleagues at Moneyland note, the drought will actually bring about a short-term drop in meat prices as ranchers hurry underweight animals to market rather than pay high prices to keep them fed, over the long-term it will mean more for your hamburger or chicken." 08-12
- Preventing Hip and Knee Surgery (New York Times)
"The more you weigh, the more pressure on your joints, which can lead to joint damage. When you walk, each knee bears a force equivalent to three to six times the body’s weight. If you weigh a mere 120 pounds, your knees are taking a 360-pound, or more, beating with every step."
"Studies have found a connection between being overweight and developing osteoarthritis of the knees, and to a lesser extent the hips. One recent review found that 27 percent of hip replacements and 69 percent of knee replacements might be attributed to obesity."
"For reasons not well understood, weight is more of risk factor for women than men."
"But a woman can substantially lower her risk by shedding pounds. One study in which Dr. Felson was a co-author found that when a woman lost 10 pounds, her risk of osteoarthritis of the knee dropped by half." 04-10
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