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The skinny: Bighorn sheep are baaack home on range

ram and ewe

Bighorn sheep are baaack home on range

Dozens of bighorn sheep have moved into a Texas park as part of a return to their historic range. Twelve curly-horned rams and 34 ewes, plucked by helicopter from one rugged area of West Texas, now call Big Bend Ranch State Park home. The capture and release days before Christmas restores the mountain sheep to their range after hunting, fencing and disease decimated them. All but gone by the 1960s, 1,115 sheep were tallied in Texas by state biologists this fall. The sheep can bounce up to 20 feet from ledge to ledge and can travel up to 30 mph.

Roach size

Which hisses up the biggest fit?

Male hissing cockroaches in Madagascar are aggressive creatures that ram with their heads, flip one another over and whack each other with their abdomens. Some, though, are more aggressive than others, and researchers say that level is correlated to size. Males that are either small or large tend to display less aggression than those that are midsize, according to research published in The American Naturalist. They have the most to lose — and to gain.

placebo effective

But patient feels better next morn

In a study published online last week in PLoS One, researchers explained to 80 volunteers with irritable bowel syndrome that half of them would receive routine treatment and half would receive a placebo. They were all treated with the same attention, warmth and empathy by the researchers. At the end of three weeks, the patients given the sugar pill — in a bottle clearly marked "placebo" — reported significantly better pain relief and greater reduction in the severity of symptoms than those who got no pill.

grounds for arrest

Wife's e-mail not to be shared

A Rochester Hills, Mich., man could spend five years in prison for reading his wife's e-mail. Oakland County prosecutors, relying on a state statute typically used to prosecute crimes such as identity theft, have charged Leon Walker, 33, with a felony after he logged onto a laptop using his wife's password, accessed her account and learned she was having an affair. He goes on trial Feb. 7. She's gotten a divorce.

Off-season Hunt

Miami dad should try cocoa instead

It was an unexpected Easter egg hunt in December. Esteban Galtes, 23, of Miami was arrested Thursday night at Los Angeles International Airport after federal agents searched his luggage and discovered more than 14 pounds of cocaine, much of it hidden in pastel-covered, egg-shaped candy, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Galtes told authorities the candy was for his two children. The estimated haul's street value: more than $100,000.

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The skinny: Bighorn sheep are baaack home on range 12/24/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:44pm]
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