Sci/tech

China Targets Rising Mountain of High-Tech Junk
August 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China has issued rules to reduce the country's rising mountain of discarded computers and other electronics by telling manufacturers, retailers and users to take responsibility for high-tech junk.

Scientists Hope for Kangaroo Contraceptive
August 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Scientists are hoping to develop an oral contraceptive for female kangaroos that will keep pouches empty as they hop around the national capital's grassy fringes.

Experts Say Snail Venom May Have Benefits
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed White, Associated Press

Venom from an ocean snail may have benefits for people with addictions, depression and Parkinson's disease, University of Utah researchers reported Monday.

Researchers Hope Bugs Speed Methane Take
August 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Researchers are studying whether microbes can be manipulated by science to expand the life of coal-bed methane wells in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming.

Ozone-Friendly Chemicals Lead to Warming
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Cool your home, warm the planet. When more than two dozen countries undertook in 1989 to fix the ozone hole over Antarctica, they began replacing chloroflourocarbons in refrigerators, air conditioners and hair spray.

Australia Formed by Three-Continent Collision
August 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The island continent of Australia was once three continents which collided 1.64 billion years ago, a new study has found, prompting speculation of new mineral deposits in the outback.

Global Warming Affects Hurricane Intensity, U.S. Study Shows
August 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

Global warming is affecting the intensity of Atlantic hurricanes, according to a new study by a university professor in Florida who says his research provides the first direct link between climate change and storm strength.

Blue Whale Ancestor Was No Gentle Giant, Report Claims
August 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

A ferocious-looking fossil with sharp teeth found in Australia shows that ancestors of today's toothless blue whales were not all "gentle giants", a report said on Wednesday.

Bringing Back the Woolly Mammoth -- Maybe
August 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Descendants of extinct mammals like the giant woolly mammoth might one day walk the Earth again. It isn't exactly Jurassic Park, but Japanese researchers are looking at the possibility of using sperm from frozen animals to inseminate living relatives.

Australian Farmers Called to Report Ugly Sheep
August 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A campaign called "Xtreme sheep" aims to study sheep with undesirable wool features to unlock the genetic makeup of the prized merino and ensure production of its high quality fleece.

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