Sci/tech

Experts Plan Rating System for El Nino
July 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Hurricanes and tornadoes have popular rating scales that help people understand their power. Now, weather experts are planning a similar way to measure the El Nino phenomena that affect climate worldwide.

System Relies on Ice To Chill Buildings
July 16, 2007 12:00 AM - Colleen Long, Associated Press

Some office towers and buildings have found a way to stay cool while keeping the AC to a minimum -- by using an energy-saving system that relies on blocks of ice to pump chilly air through buildings.

Navy Wins Permission To Keep Using Newer Sonar Technology, over Environmentalist Concerns
July 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

The federal government wants to extend by five years its rules allowing the Navy to use a new low-frequency sonar, despite objections from environmentalists that the technology may harm whales and dolphins.

Scientists Detail Cost of Global Warming
July 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press

Wilting heat, deadly storms, flash floods, coastal erosion, more days with unhealthy air -- those are just some of the effects of rising temperatures on the Northeast, a group of scientists reported Wednesday.

Coral Shuffle Helps Reefs Survive Warmer World
July 13, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Australia's Great Barrier Reef might be able to survive warming sea temperatures, as a result of global warming, better than first thought because some coral algae are more heat tolerant, Australian scientists said.

Ugandan Refugees Go Online
July 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Tim Cocks, Reuters

Refugees forced into crowded camps by northern Uganda's two-decade civil war need many things: food, doctors, toilets, bore holes for drinking water, schools -- and computers?

Malaysia To Try To Clone Threatened Turtles
July 12, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

Malaysia is launching a $9 million project to try to clone some of its threatened leatherback turtles in a last-ditch bid to save them from extinction.

Study Shows Dull Birds Fared Better After Chernobyl
July 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Kahn, Reuters

Birds with bright feathers suffered worse from contamination after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a study into the impact of radiation on different species showed on Wednesday.

South Dakota Wins Federal Underground Lab Project at the Closed Homestake Gold Mine
July 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press

The National Science Foundation on Tuesday chose South Dakota's closed Homestake Gold Mine as the site for a new underground physics lab to study the history and makeup of the universe.

Rare Giant Squid Washed Up in Australia
July 11, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

One of the largest giant squid ever found has washed up on a remote Australian beach, sparking a race against time by scientists to examine the rarely seen deep-ocean creature.

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