New Cotton Fabric May Absorb Toxins
April 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsy Blaney, Associated Press
Cotton, the fabric of your life, could soon have the potential to save it. Scientists at Texas Tech University's Institute of Environmental and Human Health on Monday unveiled a new composite cotton fabric they say will protect against biological and chemical agents.
E-mails Appear to Show Yucca Mountain Scientists Planning to Make up Data
April 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press
E-mails by several government scientists on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump project suggest workers were planning to fabricate records and manipulate results to ensure outcomes that would help the project move forward.
Dandruff, Fur, Pollen Affect Atmosphere, Study Reveals
April 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters
Bits of pollen, leaf fragments and even dandruff from people and animals make up a significant portion of dusty stuff in the atmosphere but have been ignored by climate modelers, German researchers said Thursday.
Nuclear Power Plants Turning to Dry Casks for Storing Used Fuel
March 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press
About 40 percent of the nation's nuclear power plants have begun moving spent fuel out of cooling pools and into massive dry casks, embracing a storage approach that a National Academy of Sciences panel said offers safety advantages.
Scientists Debate Quake Vs. Aftershock
March 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Verrengia, Associated Press
Earthquake or aftershock? For thousands of Indonesians digging out from the latest devastating geologic jolt, the question is academic. Monday's earthquake was a catastrophic exclamation point on what has been a harrowing three months on Sumatra and surrounding islands.
EPA Work on Sensors for Detecting Bioterrorism Attack Faulted
March 25, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
Cities are not getting all the protections President Bush ordered last year to detect a biological terrorism attack, the Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog said Thursday.
Agency Admits Using Faulty Data on Endangered Florida Panthers
March 22, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
Criticized by a whistle-blower, the Fish and Wildlife Service conceded Monday that it bungled some of the science used in protecting Florida's endangered panthers.
Tsunami Victims, Iraqis Get Taste of Recycled Water Targeted for Space
March 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeffrey McMurray, Associated Press
There are plenty of wells in Iraq, but the dead animals dumped there when Saddam Hussein was in power have contaminated them. There are plenty of streams in southeast Asia, but the recent tsunami polluted them with salt from the ocean.
Report Says Navy Sonar Likely Made Orcas Flee
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Sonar pulsing from a Navy guided-missile destroyer during training exercises near the San Juan Islands two years ago was likely loud enough to send killer whales fleeing, according to a government agency report.
Study Links Mercury from Power Plants to Autism
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle
After years of debate about whether a nationwide explosion in autism is related to a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines, Texas researchers have found a new suspect: mercury from coal-burning power plants.