Sci/tech

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.

Pigeons Beam Air Quality Info to Blog
August 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press

Pigeons with backpacks and cell phones will be taking to the sky and sending air quality data to a blog as part of a whimsical project that blends science, art and activism.

Some in California Seek Ice to Ease Crunch
August 11, 2006 12:00 AM - Christina Almeida, Associated Press

City and utility officials throughout Southern California are eyeing a new system that relies on ice to store energy for air conditioners as a possible way to cut peak commercial consumption and reduce the threat of crippling blackouts.

Stronger Hurricanes Spawn Bigger Storm Surges
August 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Stronger hurricanes forecast for the next few decades could flood major cities including Miami and New Orleans, environmental scientists said Wednesday.

Gray Birds Cover 40,000 Miles Annually
August 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Sooty shearwaters may not look like much, but when it comes to travel they put marathoners, cyclists and pretty much everyone else to shame.

Balloons Work with Satellite to Gauge Bad Air Days
August 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

The weather outside was frightful: hot, humid and layered with a haze of pollution so thick it seemed it could be cut with a machete -- a perfect day to use balloons and a satellite to monitor some bad air.

Experts Think DNA Technique May Save Whales
August 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

Australian researchers said Thursday that analyzing the skin flakes of some whales could help determine their age, a development that could invalidate one argument for killing them.

NASA Joins Search for Elusive Woodpecker
August 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

NASA used a laser-equipped research aircraft to fly over the Big Woods area of the Mississippi Delta to learn more about the ivory-billed woodpecker's potential habitat, the U.S. space agency said Thursday.

Summer Nights Heating Up, Scientists Say
August 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

America in recent years has been sweltering through three times more than its normal share of extra-hot summer nights, government weather records show. And that is a particularly dangerous trend.

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