Sci/tech

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.

Family Gets Weather Record-Keeping Award
July 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A family that started keeping weather records before the U.S. weather bureau was even established was on hand Monday in Sioux Falls for a national award.

Confidence in Ability to Control Weather Dries Up
July 5, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters

China says its scientists make enough rain to fill the Yellow River; Moscow claims credit for sunshine for Red Square parades -- but confidence in other nations that humans can alter the weather has almost dried up.

Scientists Say Warm Seas Threaten Coral
July 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

Caribbean Sea temperatures have reached their annual high two months ahead of schedule -- a sign coral reefs may suffer the same widespread damage as last year, scientists said Monday.

Northeast U.S. Floods Stir Global Warming Debate
June 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Jason Szep, Reuters

Images of swamped homes in the U.S. Northeast deepened suspicions over global warming, giving ammunition to scientists and others who say greenhouse gas-spewing cars and factories are fueling extreme weather.

Big Bats Show Puzzling Fondness for Small Places
June 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

The startled bats resemble a flock of demonic ravens as they take to the sky, their huge wings spreading over the green canopy of the forest. With wingspans of about 3.3 feet or more, the bats are surprisingly big but their chosen home is small.

New Color-Changing Snake Found in Borneo, WWF Says
June 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Biologists working in the forests of Borneo have found a previously unknown type of snake which can change its colour spontaneously like a chameleon, the environmental body WWF said on Tuesday.

Connecticut Scientists Investigate Marsh Die-Off
June 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Something is killing New England's salt marshes, and scientists are trying to figure out how large the problem is, and how to stop it.

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