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Profile: Lyman Spitzer and the Space Telescope

The idea of launching a telescope into orbit was first suggested in 1923, but the idea wasn't realized until nearly 70 years later. Along the way, there were several obstacles and setbacks.

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Profile: Fritz Zwicky's Extraordinary Vision

Astronomer Fritz Zwicky was the first person to conceive of supernovas, neutron stars, dark matter, and gravitational lenses. So why don't more people know his name?

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Brown-Eyed, Milk-Giving

Which regions of the world have seen the greatest rates of mammal extinction? Surprisingly, it's not the Amazon rain forest nor the clear-cut forests of the U.S. or Africa's Serengeti plain.

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Reefs in Crisis

Humans have harmlessly harvested coral reefs for thousands—or even hundreds of thousands—of years. So why has our behavior in recent years suddenly put reefs at risk?

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Jaguars

Because they feed on everything from monkeys and pacas to armadillos and alligators, jaguars play a key role in the rain forest ecosystem. Learn how protecting them safeguards the jungles of Belize.

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The Green Guerillas

From a humble start 25 years ago tossing seed-filled water balloons into abandoned city lots, the Green Guerillas have grown into an organization that has created and maintains 1,000 urban gardens.

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Wilderness Preservation Act

There are more than 260 distinct ecosystems in the United States. Yet only a little over half of them are in protected wilderness areas. What does it take to obtain "wilderness status"?

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Restoration of the Elwha River

In a single century, the salmon population of Washington State's Elwha River shrunk by more than 99 percent. What caused this dramatic decline, and what can be done to turn it around?

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Lake Victoria

In the world's largest tropical lake, Nile perch have eaten their way through all but one of their prey species, bringing the ecosystem close to death. But don't blame the perch—humans are at fault.

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