Sci/tech

Environmental Activists Use Cell Phone Ringtones to Make Nature Statement
February 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

Amid the cacophony of cell phone ringtones these days, add these: the clickety-click-click of a rare Central American poison arrow dart frog, the howl of a Mexican gray wolf and the bellows of an Arctic beluga whale.

DNA From Ivory May Lead to Poachers
February 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The complex science of DNA analysis is now helping protect elephants by showing police and conservationists the source of black-market ivory. The price of ivory has nearly quadrupled in recent years, prompting poachers to kill more elephants to sell their tusks illegally.

Dung Power at U.S. Ethanol Plant
February 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Carey Gillam, Reuters

The frosty-breathed cattle jostling for position at a feeding trough in rural Nebraska are not quite as typical as they appear: their manure is being captured in a new bid to quench America's thirst for ethanol.

Fight Brews Over How to Address Climate Change
February 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Matt Crenson, Associated Press

Now that it is official -- humans are almost certainly causing the most dramatic climate shift the planet has seen in thousands of years -- it is time to stop arguing and get down to the serious work of solving the problem, right?

Chimps Using Spears to Hunt Bushbabies
February 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Nafeesa Syeed, Associated Press

Researchers have witnessed a chimpanzee skewering a lemur-like creature for supper, but it's unclear whether the spectacle was a bit of luck or an indication that chimps have a more advanced ability to hunt than was thought.

New Zealand Fishermen Catch Rare Squid
February 23, 2007 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press

A fishing crew has caught a colossal squid that could weigh a half-ton and prove to be the biggest specimen ever landed, a fisheries official said Thursday.

Rare Loon Deaths in New Hampshire Faze Scientists
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Brian Early, Reuters

Scientists are struggling to explain the rare death of 17 loons in New Hampshire, saying warm weather may have confused the threatened species of bird which typically heads to the ocean for winter.

River Run-Off Threatens Great Barrier Reef
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Suhell Damouny, Reuters

Satellite images of Australia's Great Barrier Reef show that sediment from river run-off is threatening the reef at a greater rate than previously realised, Australia's peak scientific body said on Wednesday.

Global Warming Scientist Is Encouraged
February 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A top scientist in the study of climate change says she is optimistic about public understanding of the dangers of global warming. Susan Solomon, a scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was instrumental in developing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released earlier this month in Paris.

Overfishing Imperils Fish in Deep Waters
February 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

With declining catches close to shore, commercial fishing is turning to deeper waters, threatening species that live in the cold and gloom of the deep oceans, according to researchers.

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