Sci/tech

Coral Reef Ecosystem May Fight Illnesses
June 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Biomedical researchers who dove down nearly 3,000 feet to search a newly-discovered coral reef found treasures they say may help doctors fight cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses.

Thawing Permafrost Could Unleash Tons of Carbon
June 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Ancient roots and bones locked in long-frozen soil in Siberia are starting to thaw, and have the potential to unleash billions of tons of carbon and accelerate global warming, scientists said Thursday.

South Carolina Scientists Find New Shark Species
June 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A new genetically distinct species of hammerhead shark, the ninth recognized species of hammerhead, has been discovered off the South Carolina coast, scientists say.

Study Says Polar Bears May Turn to Cannibalism
June 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea may be turning to cannibalism because longer seasons without ice keep them from getting to their natural food, a new study by American and Canadian scientists has found.

Expert Says Meteor May Have Caused Extinction
June 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

A massive crater in Antarctica may have been caused by a meteor that wiped out more than 90 percent of the species on Earth 250 million years ago, an American geologist said Wednesday.

Iowa Ape Research Facility to Offer Tours
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - David Pitt, Associated Press

The three orangutans and eight bonobos living at the Great Ape Trust will interact with more humans starting in June when the research facility is opened to the public.

Scientists Say Warming Threatening Florida
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - David Rose, Associated Press

Florida's governor cautiously entered the debate Wednesday over whether rising global temperatures are to blame for an increase in the number of strong hurricanes, meeting with two researchers who say global warming is threatening Florida with a long-term future of more bad storms.

Scientists Say Arctic Once Was Tropical
June 1, 2006 12:00 AM - Seth Borenstein, Associated Press

Scientists have found what might have been the ideal ancient vacation hotspot with a 74-degree Fahrenheit average temperature, alligator ancestors and palm trees. It's smack in the middle of the Arctic.

Chronology: Recent Pacific Rim Earthquakes
May 29, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

An earthquake that devastated a wide area around Indonesia's ancient royal city of Yogyakarta on Saturday is now known to have killed more than 5,100 people. Following is a list of some earthquakes which have hit the Pacific Rim region in recent years.

Subtropic Warming Could Mean Bigger Deserts, Study Shows
May 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

Earth's atmosphere is warming faster over the subtropics than anywhere else, which could mean bigger deserts and more drought from Africa to Australia to the Middle East, researchers said Thursday.

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