Sci/tech

Scientists Try to Save Rarest Creatures in the World
January 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Scientists launched a bid on Tuesday to save some of the world's rarest and most neglected creatures from extinction. With an initial list of just 10, the programme will give last ditch conservation aid where to date there has been little or none.

Quebec Begins Five-Billion-Dollar Hydro-Electric Project
January 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Robert Melnbardis, Reuters

Quebec began construction of a C$5 billion ($4.2 billion) hydro-electric project Thursday that will add 883 megawatts of generating capacity to the provincially owned utility's power network, officials said.

Mountaintop Meteorology Mixes High, Low-Tech Tools
January 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Jim Salge is one of a team of four observers who man the Mount Washington Observatory. Every hour, every day, they brave the elements to record weather conditions outside their station, 6,288 feet above sea level.

Study Shows Bigger Brains Give Birds Survival Benefit
January 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Birds with bigger brains like crows and parrots survive better than their dimmer feathered friends, according to a study published on Wednesday.

Gene-Engineered Cows Resist Mad Cow Disease, Study Shows
January 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

U.S. and Japanese scientists reported Sunday that they had used genetic engineering to produce cattle that resist mad cow disease.

Researchers Use Yellowstone As CO2 Lab
December 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Researchers studying plants and trees near Yellowstone National Park's thermal vents hope to glean an indication of how rising carbon dioxide emissions could affect vegetation worldwide a century from now.

Taiwan Quake Shakes Confidence in Undersea Links
December 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz and Rhee So-eui, Reuters

The earthquakes that hit Taiwan on Tuesday rocked communications in Asia and underscored the vulnerabilities of a system where huge amounts of data speed through the region in cables laid deep beneath the sea.

Scientists Work on Map of Climate Change
December 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Nate Jenkins, Associated Press

Scientists in Antarctica spent Christmas Day finishing work that may show the effects of global warming -- drilling for clues about how massive ice sheets responded to past temperature changes.

Thailand Tree Apes Use Song As Warning
December 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Turns out humans aren't the only primates using songs to warn of life's dangers and travails. White-handed gibbons in Thailand's forests have been found to communicate threats from predators by singing.

Settlers Eyed in Australia Extinctions
December 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Australia's giant prehistoric animals, including 10-foot-tall kangaroos and wombat-like creatures as big as a rhinoceros, were likely wiped out by aboriginal settlers, not climate change, a researcher said Tuesday.

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