Sci/tech

Ozone-Friendly Chemicals Lead to Warming
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Cool your home, warm the planet. When more than two dozen countries undertook in 1989 to fix the ozone hole over Antarctica, they began replacing chloroflourocarbons in refrigerators, air conditioners and hair spray.

Australia Formed by Three-Continent Collision
August 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The island continent of Australia was once three continents which collided 1.64 billion years ago, a new study has found, prompting speculation of new mineral deposits in the outback.

Global Warming Affects Hurricane Intensity, U.S. Study Shows
August 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

Global warming is affecting the intensity of Atlantic hurricanes, according to a new study by a university professor in Florida who says his research provides the first direct link between climate change and storm strength.

Blue Whale Ancestor Was No Gentle Giant, Report Claims
August 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A ferocious-looking fossil with sharp teeth found in Australia shows that ancestors of today's toothless blue whales were not all "gentle giants", a report said on Wednesday.

Bringing Back the Woolly Mammoth -- Maybe
August 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Descendants of extinct mammals like the giant woolly mammoth might one day walk the Earth again. It isn't exactly Jurassic Park, but Japanese researchers are looking at the possibility of using sperm from frozen animals to inseminate living relatives.

Australian Farmers Called to Report Ugly Sheep
August 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A campaign called "Xtreme sheep" aims to study sheep with undesirable wool features to unlock the genetic makeup of the prized merino and ensure production of its high quality fleece.

Pigeons Beam Air Quality Info to Blog
August 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Pigeons with backpacks and cell phones will be taking to the sky and sending air quality data to a blog as part of a whimsical project that blends science, art and activism.

Some in California Seek Ice to Ease Crunch
August 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Christina Almeida, Associated Press

City and utility officials throughout Southern California are eyeing a new system that relies on ice to store energy for air conditioners as a possible way to cut peak commercial consumption and reduce the threat of crippling blackouts.

Stronger Hurricanes Spawn Bigger Storm Surges
August 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Stronger hurricanes forecast for the next few decades could flood major cities including Miami and New Orleans, environmental scientists said Wednesday.

Gray Birds Cover 40,000 Miles Annually
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Sooty shearwaters may not look like much, but when it comes to travel they put marathoners, cyclists and pretty much everyone else to shame.

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