Sci/tech

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.

Alaskan Storm Cracks Iceberg in Antarctica
October 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A bad storm in Alaska last October generated an ocean swell that broke apart a giant iceberg near Antarctica six days later, U.S. researchers reported Monday.

Ozone Hole Matches Record Size
October 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The "ozone hole" over Antarctica this year has matched the record size of 11.4 million square miles, the U.N. weather agency has said.

Ecuadoreans Learn to Live with Danger in a Country Brimming with Active Volcanos
October 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press

All across the volcano-dotted landscape of this Andean nation, millions of people have become accustomed to living in the shadow of mountains that can lay waste to their villages and farms in a matter of hours.

Smells Like Trouble: Parasitic Weed Sniffs Out Its Prey
September 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The parasitic dodder plant does not have a nose, but it knows how to sniff out its prey. The dodder attacks such plants as tomatoes, carrots, onions, citrus trees, cranberries, alfalfa and even flowers, and is a problem for farmers because chemicals that kill the pesky weed also damage the crops it feeds on.

Dead Zone Off Oregon Needs Storms to Break
September 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

The dead zone of oxygen-depleted water that has been killing crabs and fish along the central Oregon Coast is showing the first signs of breaking up, but will likely remain in place until fall storms move in next month.

U.S. Needs Two New Icebreakers, Study Says
September 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The United States should begin construction of two new heavy-duty icebreakers, the National Research Council said Tuesday. There are currently four icebreakers in service but two of them, the Polar Sea and Polar Star, are near the end of their service lives.

Dolphin May Get a Prosthetic Tail
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Phil Davis, Associated Press

The news from Indian River Lagoon was too familiar: another dolphin gravely injured because of human action. But marine scientist Steve McCulloch immediately saw this rescue was unique. The baby bottlenose dolphin lost her tail, but perhaps her life could be saved.

Scientists Issue Strongest Coral Warning
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Scientists have issued their strongest warning so far this year that unusually warm Caribbean Sea temperatures threaten coral reefs that suffered widespread damage last year in record-setting heat.

Earth May Be at Warmest Point in One Million Years
September 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Earth may be close to the warmest it has been in the last million years, especially in the part of the Pacific Ocean where potentially violent El Nino weather patterns are born, climate scientists reported Monday.

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