Sci/tech

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.

Earth Storms Lead to Space Storms, Scientists Say
September 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Thunderstorms on Earth can lead to storms in the outer reaches of the atmosphere that disrupt radio transmissions and other electronic communications, U.S. researchers said Tuesday.

Humans Affect Sea Warming in Hurricane Zones
September 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Hurricanes feed on warm water, and a study released Monday shows a link between warmer ocean temperatures and human use of fossil fuels, challenging skeptics who blame them on natural climate cycles.

Microbes Can Clean Up Toxic Waste Dumps, Scientist Says
September 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Microbes with a taste for toxic waste may hold the solution to cleaning up contaminated industrial sites and poisoned waterways across the globe, saving billions of dollars in cleanup bills, an Australian scientist said.

New Underground Trigger for Volcano Eruption Found
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Scientists have found a new underground trigger for volcanic eruptions which, combined with other monitoring methods, could help predict when one will happen, a British science conference heard on Wednesday.

Swans Fitted with Transmitters in Bird Flu Fight
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Outfitting swans with super-light Teflon backpacks containing solar-powered GPS satellite transmitters is the latest way scientists and researchers are trying to fight the spread of avian influenza.

Study Says Methane a New Climate Threat
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Global warming gases trapped in the soil are bubbling out of the thawing permafrost in amounts far higher than previously thought and may trigger what researchers warn is a climate time bomb.

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