Consistently stunning documentaries transport viewers to far-flung locations ranging from the torrid African plains to the chilly splendors of icy Antarctica. The show's primary focus is on animals and ecosystems around the world. A comic book based on the show, meant to be used an as educational tool for kids, was briefly distributed to museums and schools at no cost in the mid-2000s.
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  • Backstreet Boys Cancel Concert After Several Fans Are Injured In Structure Collapse
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    Backstreet Boys Cancel Concert After Several Fans Are Injured In Structure Collapse

    The group has since tweeted about the situation.

  • Trump set to roll back restrictions on coal-burning power plants
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    Trump set to roll back restrictions on coal-burning power plants

    The Trump administration is escalating an effort to revive the flagging U.S. coal industry with a planned move next week to replace restrictive Obama-era climate policies with new rules designed to help coal-burning plants run harder and stay open longer. The proposed new rules, which the Environmental Protection Agency plans is expected to release within days, would be the latest in a series of reversals of policies the Obama administration adopted to slow climate change. It would replace the agency's so-called Clean Power Plan for the electricity business with regulations that cede power to states, and could ultimately lead to more heat-trapping gases going into the atmosphere even as it sets parameters to boost efficiency at coal-fired power plants. President Trump has repeatedly promised to support coal, an industry beset by a shrinking customer base, competition, falling prices and bankruptcies; the plan may be his administration's most ambitious effort yet to kill regulations on coal's behalf.

  • China's Guangdong to invest $21.8 billion each year in 2018-2020 into high-end industry

    China's Guangdong to invest $21.8 billion each year in 2018-2020 into high-end industry

    China's southeastern province of Guangdong aims to invest more than 450 billion yuan ($65.46 billion) in strategic and emerging industries in the three years through 2020. The province plans to keep an annual industrial investment growth rate of around 6 percent over the coming three years and boost strategic industries such as information technology, high-end equipment manufacturing, green and low carbon, bio-medical, new materials and marine economy, according to a statement from Guangdong government on Friday. The statement explicitly asked local authorities in the Pearl River Delta, a manufacturing base on the edge of the South China Sea, to attract more companies in electronic and automobile industries' supply chains.

  • Sightings, satellites help track mysterious ocean giant

    Sightings, satellites help track mysterious ocean giant

    The sight of a basking shark's brooding silhouette gliding through the waters off western France is more than just a rare treat for sailors -- it is a boon for scientists trying to trace its secretive migrations across the globe. It may be the world's second largest fish, growing to more than 10 metres (35 feet), but the basking shark, or Cetorhinus maximus, is an enigma for scientists eager to help preserve the plankton-eating giant after centuries of overfishing. Hunted voraciously for its massive fin -- highly prized for sharks' fin soup in China -- as well as its oily liver and meat, global populations of basking shark declined precipitously during the 20th century.

  • Evacuations ordered at Idaho wildfire
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    Evacuations ordered at Idaho wildfire

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Residents along a stretch of a heavily traveled north-south highway in Idaho have been told to evacuate due to a wildfire. Fire officials say private homes, state and federal infrastructure on the west side of U.S. Highway 95 on Friday were being threatened by the Rattlesnake Creek Fire near Pollock. Fire spokesman Al Koss said officials are concerned winds could push the fire off a ridge and into brush and other fuels where it could race toward populated areas. "With winds and that type of fuel the fire could move very quickly," he said. Authorities couldn't immediately provide information on how many people were told to evacuate. The highway remains open but with a speed

  • Pond row farmer 'feels like a criminal'
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    Pond row farmer 'feels like a criminal'

    An elderly farmer says he has been made "to feel like a criminal" after creating a wildlife pond on his land. Fred Meakin, 76, was forced to fill in the 20m (65ft) pond near his home at Brynteg, Anglesey or face a £5,000 Welsh Government fine. The pond could pose a risk to rare fenland species, environmental officers warned. But Mr Meakin said he was shocked by the decision. "It's upset me terribly. They've made me feel like a criminal," he said. The Welsh Government issued Mr Meakin with a remediation notice after doing an environmental impact assessment on the pond. A government official said the land was classed as "semi-natural," meaning certain environmental regulations apply. "The regulations

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    Magnitude 8.2 Quake Strikes in the Pacific, No Damage Expected: USGS

    (Reuters) - A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami. The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface. "I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it's so deep that I would not expect any damage," USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone. The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so

  • SF whaling crews lived to regret it, if they lived
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    SF whaling crews lived to regret it, if they lived

    The previous Portals described how a young man named Walter Noble Burns, while eating breakfast in a San Francisco restaurant in the late 19th century, saw an advertisement in a newspaper for whaling crews and impulsively signed up. At the time, San Francisco was the most important whaling port in the world, home to 30 or more whaling ships. Burns' ship, the Alexander, was a 128-ton brigantine, stoutly built of oak to withstand arctic conditions, with tryworks to convert blubber into oil. As Burns recounts in the book he wrote about his experiences, “A Year With a Whaler,” the Alexander's 24 crewmen were a wildly mixed lot. The captain was an old New England sea dog, and the mate a Yankee who

  • India's PM to see flood-ravaged Kerala
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    India's PM to see flood-ravaged Kerala

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the southern state of Kerala to see for himself the devastation caused by what officials say is the worst flooding in a century. He arrived late on Friday and is due to be flown over the worst-hit areas. At least 324 people have been killed and more than 200,000 are homeless after weeks of rain triggered landslides and floods. Troops backed by military helicopters are involved in a huge rescue effort. More rain is forecast and a red alert in place. Strong winds are also predicted for Saturday and Sunday. Across India close to 1,000 people have been killed in the current rainy season, which began in June, officials say. "We are deploying more boats and

  • New panda mom doesn't know she has twins thanks to these sneaky zookeepers

    New panda mom doesn't know she has twins thanks to these sneaky zookeepers

    Crafty zookeepers are keeping a set of newborn panda twins alive by switching them out every day.  Although twins aren't uncommon, when pandas have multiple babies they tend to devote all of their attention to only one of their cubs, leaving the other to starve.  SEE ALSO: Someone tried to smuggle a snake onto a plane by hiding it in a hard drive But these zookeepers have managed to get new panda moms to care for both babies by rotating them out, tricking the pandas into believing they only have one cub to care for. A BBC Earth video — narrated by the one and only David Attenborough — shows the keepers' technique.  New mother Lee Lee hasn't realized that she had twins because her keepers have been switching her 18-day-old cubs out, so she only has one at a time.  When they need to change out the cubs, they distract Lee Lee with a bowl of honey water and worm the young cub from her paws. Then, they put that cub in an incubator and bring the other cub to Lee Lee, ensuring that both get the maternal care they need.  Keepers swap the cubs out at least 10 times a day, keeping a meticulous record of the babies' time with their mom.  The technique has an almost 100 percent survival rate. Although pandas are no longer endangered, they are still vulnerable, so finding new ways to help the species along, even in captivity, is important. Plus, it's freaking adorable. WATCH: This design studio is growing gourds inside 3D printed molds to create organic, biodegradable cups

  • Woman who survived bear attack has no hard feelings

    Woman who survived bear attack has no hard feelings

    GROTON, N.H. (AP) — A 71-year-old New Hampshire woman who was mauled by a black bear inside her home is still recovering from her injuries, but says she has no hard feelings toward the bear. Apryl Rogers was awoken in her home July 17 and discovered a bear in her kitchen. The animal apparently entered the home through a door that was not fully latched. WMUR-TV reports Rogers, who was using a wheelchair before the attack, is still recovering from life-threatening injuries. The animal sliced her cheek and scalp and fractured her neck. She also lost her left eye. Evidence suggests the bear became trapped in the home. Rogers managed to call for help after the attack. She says she's ''not going to