Sci/tech

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.

Horse Teeth Give Details of Ancient Big Chill
February 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Details on the largest climate change since the age of dinosaurs come straight from the horse's mouth, as equine teeth provide clues to how long, how cold and when the big chill was, scientists reported Wednesday.

Professor Wins One Million Dollars for Arsenic Filter
February 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A professor who developed an inexpensive, easy-to-make system for filtering arsenic from well water has won a $1 million engineering prize -- and he plans to use most of the money to distribute the filters to needy communities around the world.

Kentucky Researchers Count Endangered Bats
February 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Indiana bat has been on the federal endangered species list for decades, with less than 500,000 individuals and declining. Many thousands hibernate in Bat Cave here, listed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife authorities as one of two "critical habitats" in Kentucky.

Climate Report Spurs Immediate Calls for Drastic, Speedy Change
February 2, 2007 12:00 AM - John Leicester, Associated Press

The bleak outlook of a major new report on climate change shifted the onus onto governments, even mankind, to stop prevaricating and truly act, with warnings Friday from around the world that drastic, rapid change is needed -- not least from the United States.

Worrying Report on Climate Change Released in Paris
February 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Scientists from 113 countries issued a landmark report Friday saying they have little doubt global warming is caused by man, and predicting that hotter temperatures and rises in sea level will "continue for centuries" no matter how much humans control their pollution.

U.N. Climate Report Will Shock the World, Chairman Says
January 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Nita Bhalla, Reuters

A forthcoming U.N. report on climate change will provide the most credible evidence yet of a human link to global warming and hopefully shock the world into taking more action, the panel's chairman said on Thursday.

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