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USDA Criticized by Second Judge Over Genetic Crops
February 15, 2007 12:00 AM - Carey Gillam, Reuters
Biotech crop critics celebrated Wednesday the second court ruling this month to find the U.S. Department of Agriculture acted improperly in advancing certain genetically altered crops, both of which are tied to biotech giant Monsanto Co.
Sea Level Rise Could Hit Poor Countries Hard, Study Finds
February 14, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters
Even a small rise in the world's sea levels, predicted as a result of global warming, could make environmental refugees of some 56 million people in developing countries, a World Bank economist said Tuesday.
God, Darwin Clash Again in Kansas
February 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Carey Gillam, Reuters
For the fourth time in eight years, the Kansas Board of Education is preparing to take up the issue of evolution and what to teach -- or not teach -- public school students about the origins of life.
Swiss Officials Want to Spread Sunshine
February 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Local officials said Monday they are considering the construction of a giant mirror to light up this mountain village with 198 residents who are deprived of sunlight for three months each year.
Ancient Chimps May Have Used Hammers
February 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
Chimpanzees may have been using stone "hammers" as long as 4,300 years ago. An international research team, led by archaeologist Julio Mercader of the University of Calgary, Canada, said Monday it had uncovered the hammers, dated to that time, in the West African country Ivory Coast. It would be the earliest known use of tools by chimpanzees.
Sea Creatures to Be Tracked Electronically
February 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
In a modern update of "fish and chips," researchers are planning a worldwide effort to track the movement of sea creatures tagged with tiny electronic devices.
Global Warming to Require More Robust Disaster Monitoring
February 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Laura MacInnis, Reuters
Global warming will require more robust monitoring of hurricanes, typhoons and other disasters, mirroring systems in place to watch for tsunamis, a top United Nations official said on Wednesday.
Horse Teeth Give Details of Ancient Big Chill
February 8, 2007 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters
Details on the largest climate change since the age of dinosaurs come straight from the horse's mouth, as equine teeth provide clues to how long, how cold and when the big chill was, scientists reported Wednesday.
Professor Wins One Million Dollars for Arsenic Filter
February 5, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A professor who developed an inexpensive, easy-to-make system for filtering arsenic from well water has won a $1 million engineering prize -- and he plans to use most of the money to distribute the filters to needy communities around the world.
Kentucky Researchers Count Endangered Bats
February 2, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
The Indiana bat has been on the federal endangered species list for decades, with less than 500,000 individuals and declining. Many thousands hibernate in Bat Cave here, listed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife authorities as one of two "critical habitats" in Kentucky.