Sci/tech

Heatwave in Europe, U.S. But Is It Climate Change?
July 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Robin Pomeroy, Reuters

As large parts of Europe and North America once again bake in an exceptionally hot summer, many people are asking what has now become a perennial question: "Is this global warming?"

Scientists Map Submerged Sand Dunes Off San Francisco
July 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

More than 2 square miles of some of the world's largest underwater sand dunes were mapped in the Pacific Ocean off the San Francisco coast as part of a study to help researchers better understand beach erosion.

Camera Now Tracks Alaska Brown Bears
July 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Mary Pemberton, Associated Press

Only a lucky few are allowed each summer to get up close and personal with the McNeil River bears, but now they have a much bigger audience thanks to a remote camera trained on their every move.

Japan Plans 30-Year Supercomputer Forecasts
July 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Hans Greimel, Associated Press

Japan is planning ultra long-range 30-year weather forecasts that will predict typhoons, storms, blizzards, droughts and other inclement weather, an official said Tuesday.

Biotech Playing Role in Clothing Industry
July 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Paul Elias, Associated Press

Biotechnology is quietly playing a growing role in an apparel industry waking up to its customers' concerns about the environment and the country's reliance on the foreign oil used to make synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon.

Finches on Galapagos Islands Evolving
July 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Finches on the Galapagos Islands that inspired Charles Darwin to develop the concept of evolution are now helping confirm it -- by evolving.

Volcanic Leaks Point to Climate Gas Storage Risks
July 12, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

Hundreds of deaths caused by volcanic leaks of carbon dioxide from Cameroon to California are worrying experts seeking ways to bury industrial emissions of the gas as part of an assault on global warming.

Bush Urges Senate to Approve Science Research Funds
July 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

To help U.S. companies maintain a "competitive edge" in the global economy, Bush says he has proposed doubling federal funding for research in areas such as nanotechnology, supercomputing and alternative energy sources.

Socializing Helped Ebola Wipe Out Gorillas
July 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

A 2004 outbreak of the Ebola virus, which also kills people, killed 97 percent of gorillas who lived in groups and 77 percent of solitary males, researchers reported Monday.

Climate Change Blamed for Western U.S. Wildfires
July 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Here's another thing to blame on climate change -- wildfires, those forest and grass fires that have threatened communities across the U.S. West, according to research published Thursday.

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