Sci/tech

U.N. Seeks to Conserve Genetic Resources
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Nicole Winfield, Associated Press

The United Nations is stepping up its campaign to conserve the world's genetic resources so crops and animals can adapt to global warming and other challenges, focusing on fish for the first time since fish are increasingly being bred to meet the world's food needs.

Bear Detection Kits Seen as Having Potential To Curb Illegal Trade
June 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

"Bear detection kits" may help crack down on an illegal trade in bear products supplied by Asian farms where animals are locked in cramped cages, a conservation group said on Tuesday.

E-Waste Capital of China Chokes on Old Computers
June 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Mark Chisholm and Kitty Bu, Reuters

Every year, millions of unwanted computers, keyboards, television sets and cell phones are smuggled into China by sea. Much ends up in Guiyu, a rough town on the southern Chinese coast, not far from the former British colony of Hong Kong.

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.

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