Genetics Reveal 15 New North American Bird Species
February 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
Genetic tests of North American birds show what may be 15 new species including ravens and owls -- look alikes that do not interbreed and have wrongly had the same name for centuries, scientists said on Sunday.
More Evidence of Water Is Found on Mars
February 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Irene Klotz, Reuters
New images of a craggy, fissure-filled canyon on Mars provide evidence of long-term underground water flows that may have provided a suitable environment for microbial life, scientists said Thursday.
Scientists Find Lakes Under Antarctica
February 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Beneath the snow, ice and bitter cold of Antarctica, scientists have discovered a network of lakes that fill and empty with rapidly flowing water. It's a finding that may improve understanding of the interaction between global warming and the melting of Antarctic ice, which could contribute to a worldwide rise in ocean level.
USDA Criticized by Second Judge Over Genetic Crops
February 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Carey Gillam, Reuters
Biotech crop critics celebrated Wednesday the second court ruling this month to find the U.S. Department of Agriculture acted improperly in advancing certain genetically altered crops, both of which are tied to biotech giant Monsanto Co.
Sea Level Rise Could Hit Poor Countries Hard, Study Finds
February 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters
Even a small rise in the world's sea levels, predicted as a result of global warming, could make environmental refugees of some 56 million people in developing countries, a World Bank economist said Tuesday.
God, Darwin Clash Again in Kansas
February 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Carey Gillam, Reuters
For the fourth time in eight years, the Kansas Board of Education is preparing to take up the issue of evolution and what to teach -- or not teach -- public school students about the origins of life.
Swiss Officials Want to Spread Sunshine
February 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Local officials said Monday they are considering the construction of a giant mirror to light up this mountain village with 198 residents who are deprived of sunlight for three months each year.
Ancient Chimps May Have Used Hammers
February 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
Chimpanzees may have been using stone "hammers" as long as 4,300 years ago. An international research team, led by archaeologist Julio Mercader of the University of Calgary, Canada, said Monday it had uncovered the hammers, dated to that time, in the West African country Ivory Coast. It would be the earliest known use of tools by chimpanzees.
Sea Creatures to Be Tracked Electronically
February 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
In a modern update of "fish and chips," researchers are planning a worldwide effort to track the movement of sea creatures tagged with tiny electronic devices.
Global Warming to Require More Robust Disaster Monitoring
February 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Laura MacInnis, Reuters
Global warming will require more robust monitoring of hurricanes, typhoons and other disasters, mirroring systems in place to watch for tsunamis, a top United Nations official said on Wednesday.