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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.
U.S. Researchers Trying To Find New Uses for Cow Manure
March 15, 2007 12:00 AM - David N. Goodman, Associated Press
Researchers at Michigan State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture say fiber from processed and sterilized cow manure could take the place of sawdust in fiberboard, which is used to make everything from furniture to flooring to store shelves.
Giant Cold Water Eddy off Sydney Lowers Sea Level
March 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
Australian oceanographers have discovered a giant cold water eddy off Sydney which has lowered sea levels almost one metre and impacted a major ocean current.
Scientist Says Sea Level Rise Could Accelerate
March 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Byrnes, Reuters
Data from satellites is showing that sea-level rises and polar ice-melting might be worse than earlier thought, a leading oceanographer said on Monday. Sea levels, rising at 1 millimetre a year before the industrial revolution, are now rising by 3 millimetres a year.
U.S. Changes Clocks to Help Environment
March 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Richard Cowan, Reuters
Energy-guzzling Americans, always on the lookout for a painless path to conservation, celebrated over weekend when they cut greenhouse gas emissions by simply pushing forward the hands on their clocks.
White House Seeks to Boost Aquaculture
March 12, 2007 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
The Bush administration wants to allow ocean farming for shellfish, salmon and saltwater species in federal waters for the first time, hoping to grab a greater share of the $70 billion aquaculture market.
Biologists Try to Solve Duck Die-Off
March 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
State and federal biologists have ruled out several causes in the deaths of 850 ducks this winter and were still trying to figure out how they died. Avian flu, bacterial infections and exposure to heavy metals and toxins have been ruled out as culprits in the only mass duck die-off its kind nationally.
Canada, Alberta to Study Greenhouse Gas Capture
March 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
A new task force funded by the Canadian government and the province of Alberta will study ways to capture and store greenhouse gases emitted by the province's massive oil sands projects, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday.
Robot Salamander May Give Evolution Clues
March 9, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
The first animal to crawl onto land from the ocean probably looked a bit like today's salamander, and researchers have wondered how it was able to switch from swimming to walking. Now, European scientists have built a robot with a primitive electric nervous system that they say mimics that change in motion.