April 17, 2012
Denis Galimzyanov

Denis Galimzyanov     Photo: kei-ai/Flickr

Katusha Rider Galimzyanov Tests Positive

Cyclist issues odd confession

Officials from the International Cycling Union on Monday announced that Russian cyclist Denis Galimzyanov had recorded a positive test for the blood booster EPO. Galimzyanov, 25, rides for team Katusha and last year won the Paris-Brussels race and took a stage title at the Tour of Beijing. The UCI's announcement was followed quickly by a post on Katusha's Facebook page with a signed admission from Galimzyanov absolving his team from responsibility for the positive. But as Bicycling writer Joe Lindsey notes, Katusha has long and troubled history with doping, and, coupled with Galimzyanov's failure to speak directly with the press, the letter only raises even more questions about "what really happened."

Read more at Bicycling

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The Drang-Drung Glacier in Kashmir

The Drang-Drung Glacier in Kashmir     Photo: ks_bluechip/flickr

Karakoram Glaciers Have Grown

Ice still melting in other regions

Scientists from France and Canada on Sunday published new data that suggests glaciers in the Karakoram region of the Himalayas have grown in the last decade despite an increase in global temperatures. The team used 3D altitude maps and gravity measurements derived from satellites in 2000 and 2008 to track changes in glacial ice mass. "In our warming world, there are regions of the Earth where, for a few years or decades, the atmosphere is not warming or is even cooling," Julie Gardelle, who led the research at CNRS-Université Grenoble, said. The Karakoram's steep-sided valleys catch more snow and less heat than other regions, occasionally sending devastating avalanches into the glaciers below. Other scientists have praised the research but caution that 30 years is a more appropriate study period.

Read more at The Guardian

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Bike share bikes in D.C.

Bike share bikes in D.C.     Photo: Dylan Passmore

Los Angeles to Get Bike-Share Program

Bike company will invest $16 million

In a surprise announcement, on Sunday Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa introduced a new bike-share program that will place 4,000 rentable bikes at 400 kiosks arround the city. The bikes will be installed over the next 18 to 24 months and will be available for $6 per day or $1.50 for an hour. The program will be funded by a $16 million investment from the private company Bike Nation. "In tough economic times like these, we knew it wasn't feasible to start a public bike-share program. But we do know it's what L.A. needs," Villaraigosa said. Bike-share programs have been adopted in other cities, including Denver, Washington D.C., and Boston.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times

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Juan Carlos

Juan Carlos, King of Spain     Photo: Joel Washing/Flickr

Spain's King Criticized for Elephant Hunt

Activists want Carlos out as WWF head

Wildlife activists are asking King Juan Carlos of Spain to relinquish his honorary title as president of Spain's chapter of the World Wildlife Fund after reports surfaced that he went hunting for elephants in Botswana last week. Media outlets became aware of the trip after Carlos returned to Madrid to receive medical attention for a broken hip. WWF Spain has written a letter requesting a meeting with royal officials and wildlife activists are asking for his resignation. The trip's cost has also inspired calls for Carlos to abdicate the Spanish throne.

Read more at Reuters

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