Sci/tech

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.

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.

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