Sci/tech

Rare Loon Deaths in New Hampshire Faze Scientists
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Brian Early, Reuters

Scientists are struggling to explain the rare death of 17 loons in New Hampshire, saying warm weather may have confused the threatened species of bird which typically heads to the ocean for winter.

River Run-Off Threatens Great Barrier Reef
February 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Suhell Damouny, Reuters

Satellite images of Australia's Great Barrier Reef show that sediment from river run-off is threatening the reef at a greater rate than previously realised, Australia's peak scientific body said on Wednesday.

Global Warming Scientist Is Encouraged
February 20, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

A top scientist in the study of climate change says she is optimistic about public understanding of the dangers of global warming. Susan Solomon, a scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, was instrumental in developing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released earlier this month in Paris.

Overfishing Imperils Fish in Deep Waters
February 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

With declining catches close to shore, commercial fishing is turning to deeper waters, threatening species that live in the cold and gloom of the deep oceans, according to researchers.

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.

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