Sci/tech

Ozone Hole Size Sets Record
October 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

This year's Antarctic ozone hole is the biggest ever, government scientists said Thursday. The so-called hole is a region where there is severe depletion of the layer of ozone in the upper atmosphere that protects life on Earth by blocking the sun's ultraviolet rays.

Mexico Rejects Biotech Corn Planting
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

Mexico this week barred Monsanto Co. and other biotechnology companies from planting genetically engineered corn, rekindling fierce debate in that country over the technology.

Grammar May Help Fight Bacteria
October 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Biologists reached back to elementary school to discover a promising new way to fight nasty bacteria: Apply the rules of grammar.

Hawaii Remains Vulnerable to Quakes
October 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Mark Niesse, Associated Press

Another massive earthquake could strike the Hawaiian isles at any time, but this weekend's 6.7 magnitude tremor does not signal an increase in ground-shaking activity, researchers said.

Aftershocks Keep Hawaiians on Edge Following Magnitude 6.6 Quake
October 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Mark Niesse, Associated Press

Aftershocks kept Hawaiians on edge following the strongest earthquake in more than two decades, a 6.6-magnitude quake that caused blackouts and landslides and prompted vacationers to flee their hotels.

Bering Strait Appeared Earlier than Believed
October 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A land bridge between Alaska and Siberia flooded to make the Bering Strait 11,000 years ago, more than 1,000 years earlier than previously thought, researchers reported Wednesday.

Wasps Released in Louisiana to Combat Bugs
October 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press

Louisiana horticulturists tied a small cylindrical vial containing hundreds of gnat-sized wasps to a hibiscus plant on a well-groomed lawn Wednesday, and removed the cap.

Study Shows Earth Wobbles Linked to Mammal Extinctions
October 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Wobbles or variations in the Earth's orbit and tilt are associated with extinctions of rodent and mammalian species, Dutch scientists said on Wednesday.

Monster Fossil Found in Jurassic Graveyard
October 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Scientists have found a fossil of a "Monster" fish-like reptile in a 150 million-year-old Jurassic graveyard on an Arctic island off Norway.

Greater Diversity of Life in Tropics
October 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

As explorers investigated the world in centuries past they began pondering a puzzle called the "latitudinal diversity gradient." That's science talk for: The farther you go from the tropics, the fewer different kinds of plants and animals there are.

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