Sci/tech

Evolution, Not Just Gluttony, Led to Obesity Pandemic
September 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters

Evolution and the environment, not just gluttony, has led to a global obesity pandemic, with an estimated 1.5 billion people overweight -- more than the number of undernourished people -- an obesity conference was told on Monday.

Brazil Unveils New Technology to Curb Logging
September 4, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

Brazil's environment minister Friday unveiled an electronic registry for the transport and storage of all forestry products, which she said would help in the battle against illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest.

U.S. Science Agency Funds Study Center
August 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Sarah Skidmore, Associated Press

The National Science Foundation is giving $19 million to Oregon Health & Sciences University to create a national center for river-coastal research. It will be the first center ever to focus on coastal margins, the area where the river meets the ocean.

Scientists Pinpoint Polar Cataclysm Date
August 30, 2006 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

A 30-mile maze canyons in Antarctica was carved out of bedrock by the catastrophic draining of subglacial lakes during global warming between 12 million and 14 million years ago, according to university researchers who warn a similar event today could have serious environmental consequences.

China Targets Rising Mountain of High-Tech Junk
August 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

China has issued rules to reduce the country's rising mountain of discarded computers and other electronics by telling manufacturers, retailers and users to take responsibility for high-tech junk.

Scientists Hope for Kangaroo Contraceptive
August 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press

Scientists are hoping to develop an oral contraceptive for female kangaroos that will keep pouches empty as they hop around the national capital's grassy fringes.

Experts Say Snail Venom May Have Benefits
August 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed White, Associated Press

Venom from an ocean snail may have benefits for people with addictions, depression and Parkinson's disease, University of Utah researchers reported Monday.

Researchers Hope Bugs Speed Methane Take
August 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Researchers are studying whether microbes can be manipulated by science to expand the life of coal-bed methane wells in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming.

Ozone-Friendly Chemicals Lead to Warming
August 21, 2006 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Cool your home, warm the planet. When more than two dozen countries undertook in 1989 to fix the ozone hole over Antarctica, they began replacing chloroflourocarbons in refrigerators, air conditioners and hair spray.

Australia Formed by Three-Continent Collision
August 17, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

The island continent of Australia was once three continents which collided 1.64 billion years ago, a new study has found, prompting speculation of new mineral deposits in the outback.

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