Celeste Headlee scours the country’s newspapers for interesting stories. Here's her list for this morning:
After being pushed nearly to extinction by pollution, the brown pelican was removed from the endangered list only in November. The US Fish and Wildlife Service says Louisiana's state bird could be in serious trouble if the oil reaches its nesting grounds along the coast and the barrier islands. From the article:
The brown pelican is particularly at risk because it dives beneath the water's surface to forage. Not only could pelicans eat tainted fish and feed it to their young, but their feathers could become oil-soaked, causing hypothermia or drowning. Also in harm's way are at least 12 Gulf species listed by the federal government as endangered or threatened, including birds, sea turtles and the sperm whale.
London 2012 organizers unveiled the Olympic and Paralympic mascots Wednesday - one-eyed creations from the digital age named after two small English towns.Officials predicted the mascots - Wenlock and Mandeville - will be a big hit with kids and help inspire young people to get involved in Olympic sports.
It could be three years before we are able to buy power-generating pants, but there's been a research breakthrough. Microscopic fibers in pants can generate electricity from the movement of your legs. And this is real, and coming! From the article:
Researchers are envisioning hikers powering up their digital cameras while trekking up a mountain or a jogger charging up her cellphone in mid-run. The Pentagon is hot for it too: Soldiers would no longer have to carry heavy batteries to power their gear. Along with the National Science Foundation, the Pentagon's secretive advanced research agency is helping fund the project.