Sci/tech

Dead Zone Off Oregon Needs Storms to Break
September 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The dead zone of oxygen-depleted water that has been killing crabs and fish along the central Oregon Coast is showing the first signs of breaking up, but will likely remain in place until fall storms move in next month.

U.S. Needs Two New Icebreakers, Study Says
September 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The United States should begin construction of two new heavy-duty icebreakers, the National Research Council said Tuesday. There are currently four icebreakers in service but two of them, the Polar Sea and Polar Star, are near the end of their service lives.

Dolphin May Get a Prosthetic Tail
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Phil Davis, Associated Press

The news from Indian River Lagoon was too familiar: another dolphin gravely injured because of human action. But marine scientist Steve McCulloch immediately saw this rescue was unique. The baby bottlenose dolphin lost her tail, but perhaps her life could be saved.

Scientists Issue Strongest Coral Warning
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Scientists have issued their strongest warning so far this year that unusually warm Caribbean Sea temperatures threaten coral reefs that suffered widespread damage last year in record-setting heat.

Earth May Be at Warmest Point in One Million Years
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Earth may be close to the warmest it has been in the last million years, especially in the part of the Pacific Ocean where potentially violent El Nino weather patterns are born, climate scientists reported Monday.

Antarctic Ozone Hole Nears Record, U.N. Agency Says
September 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The hole over Antarctica's ozone layer is bigger than last year and is nearing the record 29-million-square-km (11-million-sq-mile) hole seen in 2000, the World Meteorological Organisation said on Friday.

Thaw and Storms Opened Channel to North Pole
September 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Francois Murphy, Reuters

A warm summer and late storms in the past few months briefly opened a channel in the Arctic ice big enough to allow a ship to sail to the North Pole, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Wednesday.

Science Group Backs NASA Lunar Plans
September 20, 2006 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

A panel of scientists strongly endorsed NASA's plans to return to the moon, saying in a report Tuesday that lunar exploration will open the way toward broader studies of the Earth and solar system.

Shark That Walks on Fins Is Discovered
September 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Scientists combing through undersea fauna off Indonesia's Papua province said Monday they had discovered dozens of new species, including a shark that walks on its fins and a shrimp that looks like a praying mantis.

Researchers Unlock Genetic Code of Tree
September 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Researchers have deciphered for the first time the genetic code of a tree, which could lead to new varieties better at producing wood, paper and fuel.

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