Sci/tech

ACLU Says Bush Is Restricting Science
June 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union charged Tuesday that the Bush administration is placing science under siege by overzealously tightening restrictions on information, individuals and technology in the name of homeland security.

Scientific Whaling Program Weak on Science -- An ENN Commentary
June 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, David Suzuki Foundation

I'm no economist, but from my understanding of the basics, when supply overshoots demand, prices will drop and producers will generally lower production accordingly. Well, simple economics apparently doesn't apply to whaling.

Arsenic-Eating Fern Holds Hope for Tainted Soils
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Gordon, The News Tribune

State pollution fighters planted a small patch of pitiful-looking plants inside a wire cage in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park and labeled them poison. The 100 subtropical ferns inside the test plot near Fort Nisqually are part of a two-year, $30,000 experiment in pollution control that began in April on Vashon and Maury islands.

Wildlife Crowds Around Arctic Telescope
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

To examine data on the universe's earliest stars and galaxies from a balloon-launched telescope, scientists had to fend off earthly creatures in the Canadian Arctic.

Alaska Natives Push for More Toxin Studies
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Alaska Natives have seen runny bone marrow in moose and caribou, and lesions and parasites in fish -- and that makes Shawna Larson wonder if toxic chemicals in these traditional foods are making people sick, too.

Calif. Scientists Plan to Kill Barred Owls
June 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press

Federal scientists are planning to shoot a small number of barred owls they say are crowding out the threatened spotted owl in northern California -- an experiment that could lead to killing thousands of the larger owls on the West Coast.

G8 Draft Climate Text Watered Down
June 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

A new draft communique on climate change for next month's Group of Eight summit has removed plans to fund research and put into question top scientists' warnings that global warming is already under way.

Firm Expands PC Recycling
June 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Tom Sowa, The Spokesman-Review

A Spokane company that for the past two years has gathered up and sold discarded personal computers to Asian processors now says it will dismantle the machines and sell the recyclable waste overseas.

Snakes Have Interesting Habits, Researchers Say
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

It may not matter to people who hate snakes, but researchers at Washington University have discovered that rattlers are adaptable and have some interesting habits.

Arizona Officials May Import Endangered Owls
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press

Wildlife officials are considering importing endangered owls from Mexico to boost the dwindling population in Arizona. To protect endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy owls, development already has been slowed or altered on thousands of acres of old-growth, ironwood-saguaro forest.

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