Sci/tech

Mice Are Key Tool in Quest for New Drugs
March 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Matt Crenson, Associated Press

Always a mainstay of scientific research, mice have become a critical tool in the quest for new drugs and medical treatments.

Mexican Biologist Discovers New Shark Species
March 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A Mexican marine biologist has discovered a new shark species in the murky depths of Mexico's Sea of Cortez, the first new shark find in the wildlife-rich inlet in 34 years.

Scientists Urge Experiments on Barred Owls
March 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

With the decline of northern spotted owls at a crisis point, a group of scientists is urging the government to consider experiments that include killing some of the barred owls that have invaded spotted owl territory.

Computers Utilized for Quickly Checking Fish Mercury Levels
March 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Gwen Schoen, Sacramento Bee

Pacific Seafood, a wholesale distributor in California, has become the first seafood processor in the nation to offer its customers the option of testing the level of mercury in the fish they purchase.

Ocean Scientists Enlist Cruise Ships to Collect Data
February 28, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

Hoping to collect decades of data, ocean scientist are enlisting cargo and cruise ships to measure water temperatures, ocean currents and even the height of clouds as the vessels ply their regular routes.

Scientists Study Sound, Marine Creatures
February 27, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press

The Natural Resources Defense Council and other plaintiffs alleged in a federal lawsuit last fall that the Navy's mid-frequency sonar used for detecting enemy submarines disturbs and sometimes kills whales and dolphins.

Experts Foresaw Tragedy in Philippines
February 24, 2006 12:00 AM - Jim Gomez and Michael Casey, Associated Press

Experts knew the farming village of Guinsaugon sat atop a major earthquake fault and were planning to issue a warning when a landslide buried nearly all its residents.

Sunflower Farmers Wait for More Research
February 23, 2006 12:00 AM - Dave Kolpack, Associated Press

Sunflower farmers say a German study looking into possible links between the plant and AIDS medicine may grab headlines, but they believe it's too early to increase production of the crop.

Forest Service Eager to Study Wolverine
February 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The U.S. Forest Service has trapped the first wolverine ever captured and fitted with a radio collar in the Pacific Northwest.

Scientists May Have Found New Fish Species
February 16, 2006 12:00 AM - Miranda Leitsinger, Associated Press

Scientists have discovered what they believe is a new fish species and at least 20 types of previously unknown seaweeds during a recent expedition to one of the Caribbean's most diverse marine areas.

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