Sci/tech

University of Delaware Researcher Says Seeds from Salt-Tolerant Plant a Promising Source of Biodiesel
July 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Randall Chase, Associated Press

While the seashore mallow might be handy for a quick snack, the sturdy plant has provided Gallagher food for thought in addressing a smorgasbord of environmental problems, from global warming to the disappearance of coastal farmland.

The Hague Announces Project To Warm 4,000 Houses Using Geothermal Heating
July 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Toby Sterling, Associated Press

The Dutch city of The Hague on Wednesday announced plans to use geothermal heating -- water from a hot well deep underground -- to warm 4,000 households and several industrial buildings, as part of a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

U.S. House Passes Bill Affirming Global Warming Exists
June 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Richard Cowen, Reuters

The House of Representatives Wednesday, aiming to put an end to the debate over whether global warming is actually occurring, passed legislation recognizing the "reality" of climate change and providing money to work on the problem.

Researchers Say Antarctic Ice Sheet Stable
June 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

An ice sheet in Antarctica that is the world's largest -- with enough water to raise global sea levels by 200 feet -- is relatively stable and poses no immediate threat, according to new research.

Giant Penguins May Have Roamed Peru
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Giant penguins as tall as 5 feet roamed what is now Peru more than 40 million years ago, much earlier than scientists thought the flightless birds had spread to warmer climes.

Connecticut Biologists Search for Female Moose
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Biologists with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection need to determine whether the state's moose population is big enough to pose a traffic hazard which could lead to control measures including a hunting season to reduce the herd.

Floating Wind Turbine May Be in North Sea by 2009
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

The world's first floating wind turbine could be generating electricity in the North Sea in 2009 under a research pact on Monday between Norwegian energy group Norsk Hydro and German engineering firm Siemens.

Mushrooms Become Source for Eco-Building
June 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Jessica N. Pasko, Associated Press

Eben Bayer grew up on a farm in Vermont learning the intricacies of mushroom harvesting with his father. Now the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduate is using that experience to create an organic insulation made from mushrooms.

Shark Bite Leads to Reproduction Mystery
June 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Sonja Barisic, Associated Press

A recent study had documented the first confirmed case of asexual reproduction, or parthenogenesis, among sharks: a pup born at a Nebraska zoo came from an egg that developed in a female shark without sperm from a male.

Fear of Predators Is Not Natural, Study Finds
June 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

Fear of predators is not instinctive but is a learned behavior that only develops when prey species share space with animals that eat them, according to a new study released this week.

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