Balloons to Help Scientists Clear Cloudy Picture
January 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters
Scientists from 10 countries will release 1,000 weather balloons in Australia's northern city of Darwin over the next month as part an international experiment to try to find out the nature of tropical clouds.
Wind Generator to Use Fire to Examine Bats
January 20, 2006 12:00 AM - John Raby, Associated Press
FPL Energy LLC, the nation's largest generator of wind power, plans to use fire to study bat habitats in a project that involves prescribed burning in a 4,000-acre experimental forest in West Virginia.
El Salvador Studies Mystery Deaths of Rare Turtles
January 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters
More than 100 rare sea turtles have washed up dead on Pacific beaches in El Salvador this month, and scientists said they were struggling for an explanation.
Experts to Search Bangladesh for Sandpiper
January 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Parveen Ahmed, Associated Press
A team of international bird experts will begin surveying the Bangladeshi coast Tuesday in search of the endangered spoon-billed sandpiper, whose population they believe has dwindled to just 350 pairs.
Alaska Volcano Erupts, Shooting Ash Miles High
January 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters
A volcano on an uninhabited island off the coast of Alaska erupted again Tuesday, shooting ash miles into the air, a scientist at the Alaska Volcano Observatory said.
Warm Weather Isolates Northern Canadian Natives
January 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Marcy Nicholson, Reuters
A group of Canadian aboriginal leaders said Friday their northern communities are in a state of emergency because abnormally mild temperatures have hindered construction of vital winter roads.
Louisiana Delegation Heading to Netherlands
January 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press
Leaders from Louisiana left Monday for the Netherlands to study the flood control systems protecting a nation much farther below sea-level than New Orleans.
U.S. Tsunami Alert System Streamlined
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press
When word of a big earthquake comes in the middle of the night, geophysicist Bruce Turner takes five minutes to fumble for his beeper, throw on a coat, scrape the ice off his windshield, drive a mile to work and transmit a tsunami alert.
Science and the Environment: The Challenges of Reaching the Public -- A Guest Commentary
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ellen Prager, PhD
The call to bring more science more effectively to the public has grown significantly louder and broader over the past several years. But alas, we face major obstacles in public outreach both within the scientific community and outside of its bounds.
Fictional King Kong Mirrors Odd Island Facts
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters
King Kong may be a far-fetched creation of Hollywood but scientists say the big ape has some basis in biological fact: Animals on islands often evolve into gigantic versions of their mainland kin.