Sci/tech

Bush Administration Considering Cheaper Ways To Monitor Global Warming
June 8, 2007 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The President George W. Bush administration is considering less expensive options to putting up six new weather satellites equipped to monitor global warming, the White House's science adviser said Thursday.

Biosphere 2 Sold to Home Developer
June 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The landmark glass terrarium known as Biosphere 2, which was built as a self-sustaining environment for humans 20 years ago, and the 1,650 acres surrounding the research site were sold to a home developer for $50 million.

Dutch Try To Grow Environment-Friendly Meat in Lab
June 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Reed Stevenson, Reuters

utch researchers are trying to grow pork meat in a laboratory with the goal of feeding millions without the need to raise and slaughter animals. "We're trying to make meat without having to kill animals," Bernard Roelen, a veterinary science professor at Utrecht University, said in an interview.

Peruvian Mahogany Logged Illegally, Report Says
May 31, 2007 12:00 AM - Gideon Long, Reuters

More than 12 percent of the mahogany exported by Peru is logged illegally and most of the companies working in the sector are guilty, environmentalists said Wednesday in a report rejected by the government.

Cows in New Zealand Produce Low-Fat Milk
May 30, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

New Zealand scientists are breeding a herd of cows that produce lower-fat milk after the chance discovery of a natural gene mutation in one animal.

Manual Lawn Mowers Are Making a Comeback
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Don Babwin, Associated Press

Powerful, loud mowers have been showing lawns who's boss for decades. But now contraptions that couldn't cut butter without a good shove are quietly -- really quietly -- making a comeback.

Study Shows Primitive Fish Had Genetic Wiring for Limbs
May 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Will Dunham, Reuters

Primitive fish already may have possessed the genetic wiring needed to grow hands and feet well before the appearance of the first animals with limbs roughly 365 million years ago, scientists said Wednesday.

Study Shows that Climate Change Could Harm Crops
May 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Ariel David, Reuters

Climate change could drive many wild relatives of plants such as the potato and the peanut into extinction, threatening a valuable source of genes necessary to help these food crops fight pests and drought, an international research group reported.

China Says Environment Losing Out to Development
May 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

China must integrate environmental conservation into its development plans, officials said on Tuesday, as the environment ministry said pollution across the country was getting worse.

Dozens of European Mammal Species Face Extinction, Conservation Group Says
May 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Frank Jordans, Associated Press

Dozens of European mammals, including the Iberian lynx, the elusive Saiga antelope and the Mediterranean monk seal, face extinction unless immediate measures are taken to protect them, a conservation group said Tuesday.

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