Sci/tech

Rainmakers Give Light Relief in Warm, Dry World
May 1, 2007 12:00 AM - Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat, Reuters

Welcome to the work of the Bureau of Royal Rainmaking, a small front line in Thailand's fight against drought -- a struggle likely to become increasingly desperate if scientists and governments meeting in Bangkok this week fail to agree a masterplan to tackle global warming.

Experts Meet on U.N. Report but Time Running Out
April 30, 2007 12:00 AM - David Fogarty, Reuters

After two gloomy U.N. reports on global warming, scientists and governments on Monday began looking at how to fight climate change, with green groups saying the world has the means to cut emissions at little cost.

California Backs Lowering Formaldehyde in Wood
April 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

California regulators adopted new standards Thursday to slash the amount of formaldehyde allowed in wood products, a move they say will save hundreds of people from getting cancer every year.

Scientists Demand Changes to Film by Global Warming Skeptic
April 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Raphael G. Satter, Associated Press

A group of British climate scientists is demanding changes to a skeptical documentary about global warming, saying there are grave errors in the program billed as a response to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth."

California Farmers Experiment with Growing Oilseed Plants for Biodiesel
April 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Jacob Adelman, Associated Press

California farmers are hoping to strike oil -- vegetable oil, that is -- with a series of experimental trials involving crops that can be processed into biodiesel.

Fossil Arctic Animal Tracks Point to Climate Risks
April 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Fossils of a hippopotamus-like creature on an Arctic island show the climate was once like that of Florida, giving clues to risks from modern global warming, a scientist said.

Scientists Find Most Earth-Like Planet Yet
April 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

European astronomers have spotted what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet outside our solar system, with balmy temperatures that could support water and, potentially, life.

U.N. Panel to Lay Out Steps on Warming
April 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

After two reports predicting a warmer Earth where life is fundamentally changed, a U.N.-sponsored scientific panel next month will issue a third study describing how a united world can avert the worst, by embracing technologies ranging from nuclear power to manure controls.

Researchers Probe Fossilized Rain Forest
April 24, 2007 12:00 AM - David Mercer, Associated Press

Standing on the wind-swept flatlands of southern Vermilion County, you might think you'd have to drive the 180 miles to Chicago's Field Museum to find the nearest fossilized tree trunk from the Pennsylvania Age, 300 million years ago. Nah, just drill straight down.

California Assembly Committee Calls for Phase-Out of Incandescent Lights
April 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Steve Lawrence, Associated Press

A California state Assembly committee voted Monday to phase out the incandescent light bulb, agreeing that one of Thomas Edison's most famous creations is outdated and inefficient.

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