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Saving El Imposible: A Biodiversity Puzzle

Journey to El Salvador for a visit to El Imposible, where you have to go on horseback or foot to see the entire forest. This national park has been called the "Jewel of Central America."

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The Sorry Story of Georges Bank

Find out why this huge shoal between Massachusetts' Cape Cod and Nova Scotia's Cape Sable Island is one of the world's most important fishing resources — and why it's now at risk.

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Science Stays Alert, Part I: Birds Under Scrutiny

In a handful of cases, humans have contracted H5N1 from birds and then passed the virus to other humans. Even so, doctors and scientists are taking great pains to prepare for the possibility of such a pandemic.

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The Enigma of High Energy Cosmic Rays

In 1912, Viktor Hess took to the sky in a hot-air balloon and discovered a radioactive energy now called “cosmic rays.” Travel to Argentina to see how scientists now hope to discover at long last where the highest-energy cosmic rays are coming from.

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The Burdens of a Beast

Unlike people in Africa, who kept their distance from elephants except to hunt them, people in Asia have lived closely with elephants since at least 2000 B.C. Take a closer look at the underlying bond that exists today. 

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Asian Elephants: Threats and Solutions

The Asian elephant once roamed from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in western Asia as far east as China's Yangtze River. Take a closer look at this now highly endangered species. 

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The Past and Future Vigor of an Urban River

In April 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson set sail in his ship the Half Moon in search of a Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean. While he didn't find it, he did navigate the Bronx River. See how it's changed in the centuries since Hudson's voyage.

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Article: The Wild Horse Returns to Mongolia

Takhi horses became extinct in the wild in the late 1960s — but since 1997 they have been successfully breeding in the wild. Learn about the efforts behind this successful reintroduction. 

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Article: The Horse in Mongolian Culture

Take a look at Mongolia's takhi and discover how an Asian empire was won on horseback — and how Mongolia came to be known as the land of the horse. 

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Article: The Wild Horse, Yesterday and Today

Modern horses are part of the family Equidae. The fossil history of Equidae is well documented, but new evidence about its evolutionary history — and new interpretations of it — continue to accumulate. 

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