Sci/tech

Scientists Vote to Track Down Jaguar
May 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A team of government scientists has voted to capture one of a handful of jaguars known to live in the United States, drawing protests from environmental groups.

Greenhouse Gases Showed Steady Rise in 2005
May 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Carbon dioxide, emitted by coal-burning power plants and cars, increased last year, according to NOAA's Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, or AGGI. So did nitrous oxide, a byproduct of farming and industry.

Federal Grants Fund Suburban Bobcats Study
May 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Wilson Ring, Associated Press

In Vermont, state wildlife biologist Mark Freeman and his colleague Olivia LeMaistre are trying to determine how a species that's typically wary of humans is faring as development expands into rural areas.

NASA Rounds up Roadkill for Shuttle Safety
April 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Irene Klotz, Reuters

NASA has set up what it calls a "road kill posse" to quickly clear as many carcasses as possible from the 6,000-acre site, in hopes of encouraging the vulture population to relocate by cutting off its food supply.

Dam Researcher among Environmental Prize Winners
April 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A Chinese researcher who prompted officials to give greater thought to building dams and an activist who exposed timber plunder in Liberia were two of six recipients Monday of one of the world's most prominent environmental awards.

Global Warming Behind Record 2005 Storms, U.S. Expert Says
April 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Thom Akeman, Reuters

A leading U.S. government storm researcher said Monday that the record hurricane season last year can be attributed to global warming.

Power Plant Waste Eyed for Green Building
April 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press

Coal-burning power plants spend millions disposing of fly ash, a fine powder loaded with mercury, lead and other toxic chemicals. Henry Liu has a solution to the quandary of fly ash disposal: He wants to bring it into our homes and offices.

Scientists Seek Clues to Dying Steelhead
April 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Steelhead, which are similar to rainbow trout but spend much of their lives in the ocean and return to rivers to spawn, have such complex life cycles that unraveling the mystery of their decline is difficult.

Study Indicates Mormon Crickets Invade to Survive
April 25, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The threat of being eaten could drive the march of Mormon crickets as they munch their way across millions of acres in the arid West, new research suggests.

Fossil Suggests Snakes Evolved on Land
April 20, 2006 12:00 AM - Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press

A fossil find in Argentina has revealed a two-legged creature that's the most primitive snake known, a discovery that promises to fire up the scientific debate about whether snakes evolved on land or in the sea.

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