Sci/tech

American Wins Stockholm Water Prize for Methods to Improve Water Quality
March 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

American professor Perry L. McCarty Thursday won the 2007 Stockholm Water Prize for his methods to improve biological treatment processes of water, organizers said.

Gore Find Solar Plans Thwarted by Neighborhood Rules
March 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Erik Schelzig, Associated Press

Zoning rules in Al Gore's upscale Tennessee neighborhood have prevented the former vice president and environmental activist from installing solar panels on his roof.

Nuthatches Seem to Understand Chickadee
March 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Nuthatches appear to have learned to understand a foreign language -- chickadee. It's not unusual for one animal to react to the alarm call of another, but nuthatches seem to go beyond that -- interpreting the type of alarm and what sort of predator poses a threat.

Former White House Official Defends Editing of Climate Papers
March 20, 2007 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

A former White House official accused of improperly editing reports on global warming defended his editing changes Monday, saying they reflected views in a 2001 report by the National Academy of Sciences.

Malaysia Pins Hopes on Herbal Viagra for Biotech Push
March 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Clarence Fernandez, Reuters

Malaysia's answer to Viagra is a traditional herb the country has picked to spearhead its push into biotechnology, but now it faces the challenge of convincing the world the remedy is both potent and safe.

Biologists Enter Dens to Manage Bears
March 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press

Black bear encounters are rising in Pennsylvania and in many other Eastern states because the species is increasing in number at a time when more of their habitat is being lost to development.

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.

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