Scientists Re-Trace Evolution Of Genes
August 24, 2007 05:08 PM - University of Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. — Scientists have determined for the first time the atomic structure of an ancient protein, revealing in unprecedented detail how genes evolved their functions. "Never before have we seen so clearly, so far back in time," said project leader Joe Thornton, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Oregon. "We were able to see the precise mechanisms by which evolution molded a tiny molecular machine at the atomic level, and to reconstruct the order of events by which history unfolded."
Morning-After Pill Sales Jump As U.S. Access Eases
August 24, 2007 03:03 PM - Lisa Richwine
WASHINGTON - Sales of the Plan B "morning-after pill" nearly doubled in the past year, exceeding expectations after the U.S. government allowed adults to buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription. A three-year battle ended last August when the Food and Drug Administration decided that women and men 18 and older could buy the Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc product without a doctor's order if they showed proof of age at a pharmacy.
Field Museum Gives Award to Environmental Activist, Attorney Judith Kimerling
August 24, 2007 02:57 PM - The Field Museum
CHICAGO - In recognition of her courageous and unrelenting efforts on behalf of indigenous peoples of Amazonia and Alaska, and their natural resources, Judith Kimerling has won The Field Museum's prestigious Parker/Gentry Award.
A Komodo Dragon, A Black Mamba and a Bird-Eaeting Spider. A Day's Work at Miami International Airport
August 24, 2007 11:42 AM - US Fish and Wildlife Service
MIAMI - Wildlife Inspector Carlos Pages vividly remembers the times when he opened a crate of imported animals only to discover that not all of them were still in the cloth bags that serve as their shipping cages. Those are the moments when his speed trumps their speed. "We managed to get them repackaged," said Pages. Fortunately, those kinds of escapes are not common. And just as fortunately, neither Pages nor any of his five U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Inspector colleagues at Miami International Airport have ever been bitten.
Financially Strapped Forest Service Battles Growing Problems of Trash and Off-Road Vehicles
August 24, 2007 08:19 AM - Moises D. Mendoza, Associated Press
Near a rock formation twisting into the Arizona sky, the desert floor has been torn up by off-road vehicles. A tattered VCR and a bullet-riddled washing machine further scar the landscape.
Study: Rainforest insects are more widespread than previously thought
August 24, 2007 07:40 AM - University of Minnesota
An international team of scientists, including George Weiblen, Bell Museum curator and associate professor at the University of Minnesota, has learned that the same insect species and their food plants are broadly distributed across a vast lowland rainforest on the island of New Guinea.
Pa. Governor Signs Law To Expand Alternative Energy Use, Solar Industries
August 23, 2007 08:11 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
ERIE, Pa. - The Governor of Pennsylvania signed a bill today to grow the alternative energy industry in that state. He did it while visiting an Erie County middle school that is adding a 30-kilowatt photovoltaic system as part of its renovation. The solar panels were funded with a $250,000 grant through the state's Energy Harvest program.
Earth Conservancy Receives Pa. Governor's Environmental Award
August 23, 2007 08:05 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - They transformed a Pennsylvania waste dump into a beautiful green space. And today, the environmentalist group Earth Conservancy was honored with recognition from the state's top environmental official.
Great Lakes Waste May Kill BP Refinery Expansion
August 23, 2007 07:09 PM - Matthew Robinson, Reuters
NEW YORK - British oil giant BP Plc may scrap a $3.8 billion expansion plan for its Whiting, Indiana, refinery if it cannot develop technology to limit the level of pollution the plant releases into Lake Michigan. The upgrade has been criticized by environmental groups and politicians, including Chicago's mayor since Indiana issued a permit allowing BP to dump more waste into the Great Lakes.
Iraq calls for water treaty to avert crisis
August 23, 2007 10:07 AM - Pete Harrison -Reuters
Iraq on Thursday called for a water treaty with neighbors that share the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, saying a deal was needed to avoid a crisis. The two great rivers converge in Iraq and are its main water resource. Both flow south from Turkey, the Euphrates first winding through Syria while the Tigris passes straight into northern Iraq.