Sci/tech

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.

Drifting Icebergs Are Hotspots of Life
June 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Icebergs that break off Antarctica and drift away turn out to be hotspots of life in the cold southern ocean, researchers report. Climate warming has led to an increase in the number of icebergs breaking away from the Antarctic in recent years, and a team of researchers set out to study the impact the giant ice chunks were having on the environment.

Glacial Lake Vanishes in Southern Chile
June 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A five-acre glacial lake in Chile's southern Andes has disappeared -- and scientists want to know why. One theory is the water disappeared through cracks in the lake bottom into underground fissures.

Foreign-Born Students Coming To America To Study the Tropics
June 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Betsy Taylor, Associated Press

Scholars from more than 20 nations conduct research at the Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center, which has an international reputation for its ecology and conservation research and educational programs. Based at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the center draws on resources at the botanical garden and the St. Louis Zoo, both among the top institutions of their kind.

Dropping Ice Age Scenario, Researchers Discard Gulf Stream Catastrophe Scenario
June 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Karl Ritter, Associated Press

From the deck of a research ship moored in these gusty north Atlantic islands, workers are offloading three bright orange buoys whose sonar devices will help Bogi Hansen fill more gaps in an intriguing twist on climate change forecasts.

Scientists Examine Cause of Bee Die-Off
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Genaro C. Armas, Associated Press

Scientists investigating a mysterious ailment that killed many of the nation's honeybees are concentrating on pesticides and a new pathogen as possible culprits, and some beekeepers are already trying to keep their colonies away from pesticide-exposed fields.

Populations of 20 Common Birds Declining
June 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

The populations of 20 common American birds -- from the fence-sitting meadowlark to the whippoorwill with its haunting call -- are half what they were 40 years ago, according to an analysis released Thursday.

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