Sci/tech

Lawmaker Seeks Probe of Logging Study
February 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., called for an investigation into why federal funding was suspended for a study that goes against White House-supported legislation to speed up logging after wildfires in national forests.

NIH Launches Genetics Project Examining Environmental Influences on Disease
February 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press

NIH is launching a major project to uncover genetic variations that make people vulnerable to some of the most common diseases, and then determine what in the environment -- pollution, behavior, diet -- pushes those people into full-blown illness.

Scientists Warn of Melting Ice in Arctic
February 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Scientists on Monday painted a gloomy picture of the effects of global warming on the Arctic, warning of melting ocean ice, rising oceans, thawed permafrost and forests susceptible to bugs and fire.

MIT Scientists Tracking Fish With Sonar
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A group of Boston-area scientists has come up with what they say is a better way of tracking and estimating fish populations, which in turn could change the way fishery regulators manage the resource.

Pigeons Get Backpacks for Air Pollution Monitoring
February 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

A flock of pigeons fitted with mobile phone backpacks is to be used to monitor air pollution, New Scientist magazine reported on Wednesday.

Global Warming Demands Urgent Solutions, Scientists Say
January 31, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

The world must halt greenhouse gas emissions and reverse them within two decades or watch the planet spiralling towards destruction, scientists said on Monday.

Climate Expert Says NASA Bids to Muzzle Him
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters

NASA's top climate scientist said the Bush administration has tried to stop him from speaking out since he gave a lecture in December calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases.

Scientists Find Frozen Methane Gas Deposit
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Scientists have discovered an undersea deposit of frozen methane just off the Southern California coast, but whether it can be harnessed as a potential energy source is unknown.

Deep-Sea Drill Set for Climate Research
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Joseph Coleman, Associated Press

The CHIKYU is studded with superlatives. Completed last year, the ship houses the world's biggest deep-sea drill, sports a high-tech floating laboratory and boasts a $500 million price tag.

Researcher Finds Pollution Limiting Sunny Days in China
January 30, 2006 12:00 AM - Michael Casey, Associated Press

China's skies have darkened over the past 50 years, possibly due to haze resulting from a nine-fold increase in fossil fuel emissions, according to researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy.

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