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SIERRA NEVADA-GROWING ELEVATION

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Going up? The mountains of the Sierra Nevada are getting higher. But you're not going to get dizzy if you go skiing or hiking in the Lake Tahoe area. Researchers report the Sierra Nevada range grows at about one-half inch every 10 years. The scientists say a combination of GPS data and space-based radar provides unprecedented accuracy. The research is being done by the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Glasgow in Scotland. A study is to be published in the journal Geology.

BUTTERFLY EXPLOSION

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Mark Robbins thought he heard a gentle rain falling during the predawn darkness. But it wasn't raindrops he was hearing -- it was caterpillar poop. Robbins is a researcher at Kansas University. Robbins had been looking for birds at K-U's Fitch Natural History Reservation north of Lawrence. He says when the sun came up he saw thousands of caterpillars in the branches. Robbins tells the Lawrence Journal-World those caterpillars will soon turn into more Hackberry Emperor butterflies than he's ever seen. He figures the mild winter contributes to the coming butterfly explosion.

BAT FESTIVAL

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Expect things to get a little batty in Wisconsin's capital city. And it has nothing to do with politics. The Wisconsin Bat Festival is scheduled for this coming Saturday in Madison. Organizers plan to present bats from around the world. Kids will get a chance to learn field techniques from bat biologists. And there will be a drawing to tag along on a field trip with David Redell. He's a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources bat ecologist.

SPEED RECORD ATTEMPT

SHELTON, Wash. (AP) -- There's fast, faster and North American Eagle fast. The Eagle is a converted Lockheed F-104 Starfighter jet. The team behind the Eagle hopes to set a new land speed record in the car that looks like a fighter without wings. The North American Eagle was at a Washington state airport over the weekend for an engine check. But it was going nowhere fast. The Olympian newspaper reports the bullet-shaped car was chained down so it wouldn't move when the jet engine was fired up. Britain holds the current land speed record of 763 miles per hours set in 1997. The North American Eagle team says further testing is needed before they make an attempt at the record.

ARTIST'S FOREST

ATLANTA (AP) -- How much is too much for airport art? That's the question the Atlanta City Council will soon be asking. Costs for a proposed airport art project are going sky high. Steven Waldeck's "Flight Paths" would create a virtual forest at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The price tag now is four million bucks, triple the amount when it was first proposed a decade ago. Airport fees would pay for the art installation. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports airport officials will soon ask the city council to OK the project.

LIAR LIAR COLLEGE PROFESSOR

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- Adam Booth tells some tall tales -- even for a college professor. But he just has a few weeks left as the reigning champ of the West Virginia Liars Contest. He says his parents insist he never told a lie until entered the contest. He's been a contender five times, taking first place in 2006 and last year. While Booth may stretch the truth, he says his tales are in keeping with the Appalachian oral history tradition. West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports the next king of the lairs will be crowned Memorial Day weekend.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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