Sci/tech

New Underground Trigger for Volcano Eruption Found
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters

Scientists have found a new underground trigger for volcanic eruptions which, combined with other monitoring methods, could help predict when one will happen, a British science conference heard on Wednesday.

Swans Fitted with Transmitters in Bird Flu Fight
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Outfitting swans with super-light Teflon backpacks containing solar-powered GPS satellite transmitters is the latest way scientists and researchers are trying to fight the spread of avian influenza.

Study Says Methane a New Climate Threat
September 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Global warming gases trapped in the soil are bubbling out of the thawing permafrost in amounts far higher than previously thought and may trigger what researchers warn is a climate time bomb.

Scientist Says Lots of Dinosaurs Remain
September 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Good news for dinosaur fans: There are probably a lot more of them waiting to be discovered. At least, their fossils are. Scientists estimate that 71 percent of all dinosaur genera -- groups of dinosaur species -- have yet to be discovered.

Scientists Map Canyon Below Atlantic
September 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeffrey Gold, Associated Press

A four-year study using high-tech tools has produced maps of the Hudson Canyon that will allow scientists to study many things, including whether methane gas trapped in frozen sediment below the sea floor is escaping and exacerbating global warming.

Climate Panel Lowers Global Warming Forecast, Report Says
September 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The world's top climate scientists are slightly less pessimistic in their latest forecasts for global warming over the next 100 years, the Australian newspaper reported on Saturday.

Evolution, Not Just Gluttony, Led to Obesity Pandemic
September 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

Evolution and the environment, not just gluttony, has led to a global obesity pandemic, with an estimated 1.5 billion people overweight -- more than the number of undernourished people -- an obesity conference was told on Monday.

Brazil Unveils New Technology to Curb Logging
September 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Brazil's environment minister Friday unveiled an electronic registry for the transport and storage of all forestry products, which she said would help in the battle against illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest.

U.S. Science Agency Funds Study Center
August 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Sarah Skidmore, Associated Press

The National Science Foundation is giving $19 million to Oregon Health & Sciences University to create a national center for river-coastal research. It will be the first center ever to focus on coastal margins, the area where the river meets the ocean.

Scientists Pinpoint Polar Cataclysm Date
August 30, 2006 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

A 30-mile maze canyons in Antarctica was carved out of bedrock by the catastrophic draining of subglacial lakes during global warming between 12 million and 14 million years ago, according to university researchers who warn a similar event today could have serious environmental consequences.

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