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Poachers Push African Elephants to Brink of Extinction

SCIENCE | Friday Aug 22, 2014
A new study predicts the African elephant may be extinct within 100 years. Poachers get rich my selling their tusks - a trade that's killing elephants by the tens of thousands. Holly Williams reports.

Iceland Volcano Eruption Threatens Europe's Airspace

SCIENCE | Aug 21
Authorities in Iceland are warning the airline industry about a possible volcanic eruption that could send ash spewing into the sky - and into the path of planes. CBS News' Alphonso Van Marsh reports.

Mapping the World's Coral Reefs like Never Before

SCIENCE | Aug 21
Jeff Glor tells us about a battle to save the world's coral reefs, waged by scientists and explorers armed with some very special cameras.

A power tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System near Primm, Nev.

Emerging Solar Plants Scorch Birds in Mid-Air

SCIENCE | By Ellen Knickmeyer, John Locher | Aug 21
Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays - "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

Horse Tattooed to Prevent Cancerous Eye Ulcers

SCIENCE | Aug 20
A Missouri foxtrotter horse suffers from pigmentation problem that causes his right eye to sunburn and form ulcers. Local tattoo artists inked black around the horses eye to absorb the damaging sunlight.

Heart Disease and Stroke on the Decline

SCIENCE | Aug 20
New research shows that major strides are being made in the battle against heart disease and stroke. A recent study shows that patients are going to greater lengths to prevent the onset of these deadly health issues. CBS News' Teri Okita reports.

Zoos Look Up to Attract Next Generation of Visitors

SCIENCE | Aug 18
With shrinking budgets and more competition for entertainment dollars, zoos across the country have been trying to make their experience more exciting. But as Anne-Marie Green explains, the answer to that may be a mixture of zoology and showmanship.

Mandy Stokes stands with her daughter Molly Kate Stokes next to a large alligator.

Alabama Hunters Haul in 1,000-Pound Alligator

SCIENCE | Aug 18
A group of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime: A 15-foot-long alligator weighing more than 1,000 pounds.

Salt :: Study Says, Maybe More Not Less

SCIENCE | By Marilynn Marchione | Aug 15
A large international study questions the conventional wisdom that most people should cut back on salt, suggesting that the amount most folks consume is OK for heart health - and too little may be as bad as too much.

Mitchell Tartt, of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, trains to take 360-degree panoramas of the corals off the coast of Islamorada, Fla.

'Street View' Goes Undersea to Map Reefs, Wonders

SCIENCE | By Jennifer Kay | Aug 15
It's easy to go online and get a 360-degree, ground-level view of almost any street in the United States and throughout the world. Soon, scientists hope people will be able to do the same with coral reefs and other underwater wonders.

Syracuse Professor Grows 40 Fruits on One Tree

SCIENCE | Aug 15
Sam Van Aken, an art professor at Syracuse University, grafted the tree over nine years into something of biblical proportions. The "Tree of 40 Fruits" contains peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots, all of which are readily edible. Jeff Glor reports.