Sci/tech

Wobbling Earth Triggers Climate Change
August 14, 2009 02:26 PM - Annabel McGilvray, ABC Science Online

Regular wobbles in the Earth's tilt were responsible for the global warming episodes that interspersed prehistoric ice ages, according to new evidence. The finding is the result of research led by Russell Drysdale of the University of Newcastle that has been able to accurately date the end of the penultimate ice age for the first time.

So this is what Mars is Really Like!
August 14, 2009 11:37 AM - Roger Greenway, ENN

NASA has released stunning photographs of the planet Mars. Taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the views are amazing! Some show the Victoria crater which has been explored close up by a rover vehicle for two years. Another shows a dust devil in the Martian atmosphere.

Seining Salmon in the Seine?
August 14, 2009 07:26 AM - Reuters

Salmon are returning to the Seine after an absence of almost a century as water in the river that runs through Paris has become cleaner in recent years, French scientists said. Once numerous in the river, Atlantic salmon disappeared from the Seine in the early 20th century, partly due to pollution from Paris sewers. But scientists celebrated an improvement in water quality in the Seine that has tempted the protected species back to Paris.

Australia Rejects Carbon Trade Plan
August 13, 2009 07:21 AM - Rob Taylor, Reuters

Australia's parliament rejected a plan for the world's most ambitious emissions trade regime as expected on Thursday, bringing the nation closer to a snap election and prolonging financial uncertainty for major emitters.

Nigeria to roll out fungus-resistant soybean crops
August 12, 2009 10:22 AM - Semiu Babalola, SciDevNet

A variety of soybean resistant to a devastating Asian rust will soon be widely available in West and Central Africa. The rust, a fungal disease that entered Africa in 1996, can wipe out 80 per cent of infected crops.

Earth Science From The Sky: The Next Generation
August 12, 2009 10:16 AM - Jon Hamilton, NPR

NASA is taking to the skies to encourage a new generation of scientists to study the earth. The agency is hoping its new Student Airborne Research Program (SARP), a six-week session that includes research aboard a DC-8 flying laboratory, will get young people excited about solving problems like warming oceans, rising carbon dioxide levels and new pollutants in the air.

For Greening Aviation, Are Biofuels The Right Stuff?
August 12, 2009 10:02 AM - Ceylan Oney , Clean Techies

Biofuels – made from algae and non-food plants – are emerging as a potentially viable alternative to conventional jet fuels. Although big challenges remain, the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions could be major.

Carbon Tracking Market Set to Take Off

A growing list of companies, from tiny start-ups to some of the world's biggest corporations, is investing in products that will help them cash in on a mad dash for businesses to track their carbon footprints. Giant software concerns Microsoft Corp and SAP AG along with U.S. manufacturer Johnson Controls Inc and UK-based carbon offset firm Camco International Ltd ,are among those piling into what is now a small but fast-growing market for tools to measure environmental impacts.

Hundreds Of New Species Discovered In Eastern Himalayas
August 11, 2009 06:25 AM - ScienceDaily

Over 350 new species including the world's smallest deer, a "flying frog" and a 100 million-year old gecko have been discovered in the Eastern Himalayas, a biological treasure trove now threatened by climate change.

New Artificial Bone Made of Wood
August 10, 2009 09:32 AM - Eric Bland, Discovery News

A new procedure to turn blocks of wood into artificial bones has been developed by Italian scientists, who plan to implant them into large animals, and eventually humans.

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