Sci/tech

Australian Aquanaut Emerges from Urine-Fuelled Sub
April 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Rob Taylor, Reuters

Breathing air provided by algae watered with recycled urine, and pedalling a bike for electricity, an Australian aquanaut emerged on Wednesday after 13 days living underwater in a "biosub".

Al Gore Gets Approval To Install Solar Panels at His Tennessee Home
April 18, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Former Vice President Al Gore's upscale neighborhood granted the environmental activist approval Tuesday to install 33 solar panels on the roof of his mansion.

Panel Says U.S. Faces Change As Climate Warms
April 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press

Chicago and Los Angeles will likely to face increasing heat waves. Severe storm surges could hit New York and Boston. And cities that rely on melting snow for water may run into serious shortages.

New Climate Change Report Released
April 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Warming temperatures will cause increased drought and sea-level rises in Australia and New Zealand by 2030 and threaten ecologically rich sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, according to excerpts from a new scientific report released Tuesday.

Effort to Catalog Species Tops One Million
April 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A worldwide scientific effort to catalog every living species has topped the 1 million milestone. Six years into the program the total has reached 1,009,000, researchers report. They hope to complete the listing by 2011, reaching an expected total of about 1.75 million species.

Forecaster Blasts Gore on Global Warming
April 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press

A top hurricane forecaster called Al Gore "a gross alarmist" Friday for making an Oscar-winning documentary about global warming. "He's one of these guys that preaches the end of the world type of things," Dr. William Gray said in an interview with The Associated Press at the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans.

Scientists Say Genes Determine Dog Sizes
April 6, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

From the towering Great Dane to the feisty little Chihuahua, all dogs are brothers under the skin. Now, researchers have uncovered a reason why the animals wearing that skin vary so much in size.

Winter Arctic Sea Ice Near Record Low
April 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Winter Arctic sea ice this year was the second smallest area on record in a sign of greenhouse warming, U.S. climate scientists said Wednesday. March 2007 Arctic sea ice extent was about 7 percent smaller than the average from 1979, the first full year satellites recorded it, to 2000.

Study Shows Rich Reforestation after Fires
April 4, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Scientists looking at the aftermath of wildfires in the forests of southwestern Oregon and Northern California found that after five to ten years even the most severely burned areas had sprouted plentiful seedlings without any help from man.

U.S. Developer To Build Hotels in Congo National Park
April 3, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Congo Republic has signed a deal to allow a U.S. developer to build hotels and casinos in a natural park that is home to several endangered species, a source at the Forestry Ministry said on Monday.

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