Conservationists say that the hagfish, a loathsome undersea scavenger whose appearance and behavior are too revolting for most people even to contemplate, is on the decline.
Japan's quake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis have eased China-Japan tensions heartens many, but flash points remain.
A USAF F-15 jet fighter maneuvers as another F-15 takes off from the NATO airbase in Aviano, Italy, on March 21. This aircraft, based at Lakenheath, England, later crashed in Libya after what was believed to be a mechanical failure, the US Africa Command said both crew members were safe. One was picked up by a rebel force and the other by a Marine Corps Osprey search and rescue aircraft.
In the first revision of its National Military Strategy since 2004, the US military also hints at the wear and tear on American servicemen and women after 10 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.