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Man killed after fall from Longs Peak identified

Daily Camera. | Daily Camera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A man killed Saturday after falling about 300 feet from Longs Peak was identified as John Regan, a 57-year-old from Wichita, Kansas, by the Boulder Co...

Smithsonian plans to open human evolution hall

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History plans to open a hall next year dedicated to the story of human evolution over 6 million years, officials announced Wednesday.

The nearly $21 million Hall of Human Origins will follow milestones in history – when humans started walking upright and started speaking, for example – as well as the impact of climate change and extinction of ancient species. It's scheduled to open on March 17, 2010, marking the museum's 100th anniversary on the National Mall.

"The exploration of human origins helps to tell us about how we came about and also helps place our own existence," said curator Rick Potts, director of the museum's Human Origins Program.

This will be the Smithsonian's first permanent exhibit focused solely on human evolution. It will include hundreds of fossils, reconstructed faces of early humans and 75 cast reproductions of skulls. Interactives will show the human family tree and current research around the world.

The museum also is establishing an advisory group called the Broader Social Impacts Committee to foster discussion on how scientific and religious perspectives on human origins can be compatible. Potts said many people of deep religious faith also want to understand "how the science informs who we are.

Cargill Plant Pleads Guilty To Wastewater Charge

CBS4Denver | CBS 4 Denver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A meatpacking plant in Fort Morgan, Colo., has pleaded guilty to violating its permit for how much bacteria it could discharge from its wastewa...