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White-rumped sandpiper chicks on northern Canada's Bylot Island.
Animals
Extreme Migrations Spell Safety For Arctic Shorebirds
Arctic-nesting shorebirds have some of the longest migrations in the world, traveling from the southern parts of Africa and South America. A new study reveals that they may go the distance for good reason: to avoid nest-raiding predators.
Science
The Anatomy Of A Caribbean Earthquake
Haiti sits right at the spot where the tectonic North American plate and the Caribbean plate meet. One fault line runs straight through Port-au-Prince, making it earthquake country as one gigantic chunk of the Earth's crust grinds past another.

Science
Haiti's Buildings Weren't Fit To Withstand Quakes
The magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck a country whose buildings were barely built to engineering standards and were hopelessly fragile in the grip of such a strong quake. Haiti has no national building code, and many structures may not have been sound to begin with.

Science
Monsanto GMO Ignites Big Seed War
Monsanto's Roundup Ready gene inoculates plants against a herbicide that kills everything but the crop. Monsanto's critics claim that the company has used this technology to gain a monopolistic grip on the seed industry. The company has drawn lawsuits from competitors and investigations from state attorneys general and the Justice Department.

Science
New Airport Body Scans Don't Detect All Weapons
The Transportation Security Administration is about to put hundreds of high-tech scanners in U.S. airports to deter terrorists. The scanners use a technology called backscatter X-ray. It's impressive, but some say it's far from perfect
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