Sci/tech

Big Bats Show Puzzling Fondness for Small Places
June 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

The startled bats resemble a flock of demonic ravens as they take to the sky, their huge wings spreading over the green canopy of the forest. With wingspans of about 3.3 feet or more, the bats are surprisingly big but their chosen home is small.

New Color-Changing Snake Found in Borneo, WWF Says
June 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Biologists working in the forests of Borneo have found a previously unknown type of snake which can change its colour spontaneously like a chameleon, the environmental body WWF said on Tuesday.

Connecticut Scientists Investigate Marsh Die-Off
June 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Something is killing New England's salt marshes, and scientists are trying to figure out how large the problem is, and how to stop it.

Denmark to Set Up Ice Cap Stations
June 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press

Denmark is to set up seven unmanned measuring stations along the edge of Greenland's vast ice cap, to monitor how fast the frozen sheet covering the massive island is thinning.

Goodall, Others Oppose Research on Monkeys
June 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Mike Stobbe, Associated Press

Primate expert Jane Goodall and 18 other researchers sent a letter to federal officials urging them to oppose an Atlanta research center's proposal to do AIDS-related research on sooty mangabey monkeys.

New Science Shows Greenhouse Gases Under-Reported
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Many countries may be grossly underestimating the quantity of greenhouse gases they emit according to a new method of monitoring output, scientists said on Wednesday.

Stephen Hawking Warns About Global Warming
June 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Alexa Olesen, Associated Press

Stephen Hawking expressed concern about global warming Wednesday, saying he was afraid that Earth "might end up like Venus, at 250 degrees centigrade and raining sulfuric acid."

Arkansas Researcher Says Some Bats Bounce Back
June 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A University of Arkansas researcher says efforts by conservation groups to protect bat caves have allowed endangered bat species in the United States to recover.

Scientists Take Cues from Nature to Solve Tech Problems
June 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Greg Bluestein, Associated Press

Scientists in the field of biologically inspired design are looking at nature to help solve such stumpers. They argue that engineers can learn much from the world's most rigorous process: Evolution.

Work Begins on Global Seed Bank on Arctic Island
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - James Kilner, Reuters

Work began in the Arctic on Monday on building a global bank of crop seeds that scientists hope will prevent the extinction of unique species such as those lost in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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