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Navy Can Keep Using Sonar for Two Years
January 24, 2007 12:00 AM - Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press
The Defense Department gave the Navy permission Tuesday to keep training with sonar for another two years, a move denounced by activists who say the sound waves can harm dolphins and other marine mammals.
Record Biotech Plantings in 2006
January 19, 2007 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press
A biotechnology advocacy group reported Thursday that a record number of biotech crops were planted worldwide last year, but critics complained the gains were more of the same: aimed at making corn, soy and cotton crops resistant to weed killers and bugs.
U.S. Planet-Monitoring Satellites Need Upgrade
January 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters
The U.S. satellite system that monitors Earth's environment and climate needs an urgent upgrade or scientists will lose much of their ability to predict events like hurricanes, according to a report released by the National Research Council Monday.
Scientists Try to Save Rarest Creatures in the World
January 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters
Scientists launched a bid on Tuesday to save some of the world's rarest and most neglected creatures from extinction. With an initial list of just 10, the programme will give last ditch conservation aid where to date there has been little or none.
Quebec Begins Five-Billion-Dollar Hydro-Electric Project
January 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Robert Melnbardis, Reuters
Quebec began construction of a C$5 billion ($4.2 billion) hydro-electric project Thursday that will add 883 megawatts of generating capacity to the provincially owned utility's power network, officials said.
Mountaintop Meteorology Mixes High, Low-Tech Tools
January 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
Jim Salge is one of a team of four observers who man the Mount Washington Observatory. Every hour, every day, they brave the elements to record weather conditions outside their station, 6,288 feet above sea level.
Study Shows Bigger Brains Give Birds Survival Benefit
January 10, 2007 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters
Birds with bigger brains like crows and parrots survive better than their dimmer feathered friends, according to a study published on Wednesday.
Gene-Engineered Cows Resist Mad Cow Disease, Study Shows
January 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters
U.S. and Japanese scientists reported Sunday that they had used genetic engineering to produce cattle that resist mad cow disease.
Researchers Use Yellowstone As CO2 Lab
December 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Researchers studying plants and trees near Yellowstone National Park's thermal vents hope to glean an indication of how rising carbon dioxide emissions could affect vegetation worldwide a century from now.
Taiwan Quake Shakes Confidence in Undersea Links
December 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Jon Herskovitz and Rhee So-eui, Reuters
The earthquakes that hit Taiwan on Tuesday rocked communications in Asia and underscored the vulnerabilities of a system where huge amounts of data speed through the region in cables laid deep beneath the sea.