Sci/tech

Study Challenges Theories on Species
March 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

More species develop in warm, tropical climates or cooler, temperate areas? It turns out the longtime answer -- the tropics -- may be wrong. True, more different types of animals exist there than in places farther from the equator. New research suggests that is because tropical species do not die out as readily.

Could Crazy Technology Save the Planet?
March 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Crazy-sounding ideas for saving the planet are getting a serious look from top scientists, a sign of their fears about global warming and the desire for an insurance policy in case things get worse.

Odd Little Critter Sheds Light on Mammal Evolution
March 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Will Dunham, Reuters

Scientists have unearthed a fossil of a mammal the size of a chipmunk that skittered around with the dinosaurs, with a key feature in the evolution of mammals -- the middle ear bones -- fabulously preserved.

Cool Robot, New Icebreaker To Gather Polar Data
March 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

The Cool Robot is square, squat and slow, but its utilitarian beauty is clear to polar researchers who want a sturdy non-human helper to carry instruments over vast stretches of the Arctic and Antarctic.

U.S. Researchers Trying To Find New Uses for Cow Manure
March 15, 2007 12:00 AM - David N. Goodman, Associated Press

Researchers at Michigan State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture say fiber from processed and sterilized cow manure could take the place of sawdust in fiberboard, which is used to make everything from furniture to flooring to store shelves.

Giant Cold Water Eddy off Sydney Lowers Sea Level
March 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australian oceanographers have discovered a giant cold water eddy off Sydney which has lowered sea levels almost one metre and impacted a major ocean current.

Scientist Says Sea Level Rise Could Accelerate
March 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Byrnes, Reuters

Data from satellites is showing that sea-level rises and polar ice-melting might be worse than earlier thought, a leading oceanographer said on Monday. Sea levels, rising at 1 millimetre a year before the industrial revolution, are now rising by 3 millimetres a year.

U.S. Changes Clocks to Help Environment
March 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Richard Cowan, Reuters

Energy-guzzling Americans, always on the lookout for a painless path to conservation, celebrated over weekend when they cut greenhouse gas emissions by simply pushing forward the hands on their clocks.

White House Seeks to Boost Aquaculture
March 12, 2007 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The Bush administration wants to allow ocean farming for shellfish, salmon and saltwater species in federal waters for the first time, hoping to grab a greater share of the $70 billion aquaculture market.

Biologists Try to Solve Duck Die-Off
March 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

State and federal biologists have ruled out several causes in the deaths of 850 ducks this winter and were still trying to figure out how they died. Avian flu, bacterial infections and exposure to heavy metals and toxins have been ruled out as culprits in the only mass duck die-off its kind nationally.

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