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Science News Archive - January 02, 2010

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In a case that both highlights and exacerbates the growing tensions between wildlife conservationists and green energy efforts, some two dozen rare tortoises and their Mojave Desert habitat could force a California-based energy firm to drop its plans for a massive solar-energy complex.

Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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