Sci/tech

Virgin Dragon Prepares to Give Birth
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Maria Cheng, Associated Press

In an evolutionary twist, Flora the Komodo dragon has managed to become pregnant all on her own without any male help. She is carrying seven baby Komodo dragons.

Report Says Tides Affect Speed of Antarctic Ice Slide
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Tides affect the speed at which an Antarctic ice sheet bigger than the Netherlands is sliding towards the sea, adding a surprise piece to a puzzle about ocean levels and global warming, a study showed on Wednesday.

Octopus Study Shows Way to Save Fish Stocks
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Protecting marine areas for even relatively brief periods can significantly restore depleted fish stocks, scientists said on Monday, citing a study of octopus catches in Madagascar.

South Korean Team Produces Three Cloned Dogs
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A team of South Korean scientists once led by disgraced stem-cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk said on Monday they had produced three cloned copies of a female Afghan hound.

Biologists Hunt Invasive Pythons in Florida
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Todd Lewan, Associated Press

Critters that pythons find most delectable -- raccoons, possums, muskrats and native cotton rats -- are already under attack, as are birds such as the house wren, pied-billed grebe, white ibis and limpkin.

Scientist Says New Data Backs Sulphur Climate Plan
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Ari Rabinovitch, Reuters

Nobel Prize laureate Paul Crutzen says he has new data supporting his controversial theory that injecting the common pollutant sulphur into the atmosphere would cancel out the greenhouse effect.

Gore Urges Scientists to Be More Active
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Former Vice President Al Gore said Thursday there was a "temptation" to suppress scientific findings that don't agree with policy and urged scientists to take a more active role in communicating research with the public.

New Controls on Publishing Research Worry USGS Scientists
December 14, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration is clamping down on scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, the latest agency subjected to controls on research that might go against official policy.

Report Defends Experiments on Monkeys
December 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

There are strong scientific reasons for British scientists to continue research using monkeys in "carefully selected research problems," especially when it is the only way to save human lives, a committee of experts said Tuesday.

New South Pole Station Nearly Complete
December 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

There are still people who live in tents -- heated ones -- at the South Pole, but inside the brand new science station, cutting-edge research designed for the harsh Antarctic environment has found a home.

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