Deep-sea species' loss could lead to oceans' collapse, study suggests
January 1, 2008 09:49 PM - University of Marche, Italy

University of Marche, Italy - The loss of deep-sea species poses a severe threat to the future of the oceans, suggests a new report publishing early online on December 27th and in the January 8th issue of Current Biology, a publication of Cell Press. In a global-scale study, the researchers found some of the first evidence that the health of the deep sea, as measured by the rate of critical ecosystem processes, increases exponentially with the diversity of species living there.

Cyclone veers away from Australia's northwest coast
January 1, 2008 09:23 PM - Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Oil companies have begun to resume production in Australia's remote northwest coast after government meteorologists on Sunday cancelled a cyclone warning for category two tropical cyclone Melanie. The bureau cancelled cyclone warnings along the coast as Melanie, packing winds of up to 150 kph (94 mph), was moving away from the coast and was expected to remain offshore, it said on its Web site (

Chile's Llaima volcano erupts, no injuries reported
January 1, 2008 07:27 PM - Reuters

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The Llaima volcano in southern Chile erupted on Tuesday, sending a huge plume of smoke into the air, but there were no reports of damages or injuries, emergency officials said. Local television images showed a column of smoke visible from many miles away.

Strong quakes jolt Papua New Guinea
January 1, 2008 05:09 PM - Reuters

SYDNEY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two strong earthquakes, a magnitude 6.2 quickly followed by a smaller aftershock, struck northeast Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, but no damage was reported. The first quake was centered 55 miles north of the coastal town of Lae at a depth of 29.8 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported. A nearby aftershock at magnitude 5.5 struck at 1913 GMT.

Moderate earthquake hits in Kyrgyzstan
January 1, 2008 02:18 AM - Reuters

The quake had a depth of 26.5 miles and hit 16 miles southeast of Osh, the second-largest city in the Central Asian republic, near the border with Uzbekistan.

Veterinarian suggests top 10 holiday gift ideas for pets
January 1, 2008 12:06 AM - Maggie Morris, Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As you check gifts off your holiday shopping list, consider the gift of health for your pet, says Lorraine Corriveau, a wellness veterinarian at Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine.

Songbirds offer clues to highly practiced motor skills in humans
December 31, 2007 11:22 PM -

San Francisco - The melodious sound of a songbird may appear effortless, but his elocutions are actually the result of rigorous training undergone in youth and maintained throughout adulthood. His tune has virtually “crystallized” by maturity. The same control is seen in the motor performance of top athletes and musicians. Yet, subtle variations in highly practiced skills persist in both songbirds and humans. Now, scientists think they know why.

Youngsters Prefer a Home Like Mom's
December 31, 2007 10:49 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Davis, California - When young mice leave their mothers' homes, they choose to live in places much like the ones where they were raised, according to research done at UC Davis.

Bhutan's Green Postage Stamp, A Mini CD ROM
December 31, 2007 10:43 PM -

PITTSBURGH - The tiny nation of Bhutan, whose national credo is "Gross National Happiness," has launched an innovative postage stamps to support its economic development-and to preserve its pristine Himalayan environment-at the same time. The CD stamps are the latest in a series of postage stamp "firsts" by Bhutan since the 1960s. The stamps are mini-CDs that fit into exquisitely decorated self-adhesive envelopes. When affixed to a larger envelop, the CD stamp can be used as postage.

Conifers or condos?
December 31, 2007 09:39 PM - Sandra Hines, University of Washington

Seattle, Washington - The Northwest Environmental Forum is a University of Washington College of Forest Resources think tank involving forest companies, small landowners, environmental advocates, Native American tribes, government agencies and land conservation organizations is trying to decide how to develop strategies for the legislature, the Department of Natural Resources, other land owners and non-governmental organizations to retain and acquire working forests in the state.

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