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Biologists, Amateurs Search for Woodpecker
March 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Biologists and amateurs toting some of the fanciest gear in Congaree National Park are trying to find the rarest of woodpeckers among some of the nation's tallest and oldest trees.
Gliders Tracking Whale Calls, Ocean Waves
March 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Tara Godvin, Associated Press
Six-foot, 100-pound underwater gliders are swimming the oceans of the world and dutifully sending data home on everything from whale calls to the massive waves produced by hurricanes.
Researchers Work to Save Gooney Birds
March 7, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A pack of 10 gooney bird chicks flew into Kauai Friday -- on a chartered plane. Japanese researchers are set to raise the wild birds and thus get a leg up on saving their country's own endangered golden gooney.
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.