The U.S. Forest Service is considering whether to use explosives to dispense with six cows that froze to death in a cabin in Colorado's Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Other removal options under consideration include burning the cabin with the animals inside or moving the bodies with a helicopter or truck. Whichever option they choose, the Forest Service will have to act soon: if not moved soon, the cows could thaw and rot, potentially drawing hungry bears and contaminating local hot spring... Read More
More than 170 Afghan women and girls were sickened on Tuesday from a suspected act of poisoning at their school's water source. Local officials have blamed radical conservatives who oppose female education. A water sample has been sent to Kabul for testing, and the Afghan police are questioning two school workers who were taken into custody on Wednesday. Similar poisoning incidents affected more than 100 teachers and schoolgirls in 2010.
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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 ... Read More
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 le... Read More
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 ... Read More