Sci/tech

Fictional King Kong Mirrors Odd Island Facts
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters

King Kong may be a far-fetched creation of Hollywood but scientists say the big ape has some basis in biological fact: Animals on islands often evolve into gigantic versions of their mainland kin.

Experts Say British Ladybugs in Danger
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Rashi Khilnani, Associated Press

British ladybugs are in danger of being overrun by insects from Central and Southeast Asia that are encroaching on their food supply, experts said.

Biotech Crops Mark First Decade with Wins, Losses
December 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Carey Gillam, Reuters

When Monsanto Co introduced the world to genetically modified crops a decade ago, the biotech advancement was heralded as the dawn of a new era that could reduce world hunger, help the environment and bolster struggling farmers.

Scientists Say Maine Coast Has Gas Fields
December 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The Maine coast has dozens of methane gas fields on the ocean bottom where mud-trapped gas occasionally bubbles to the surface, according to a team of University of Maine scientists.

Alaska Researchers Study Reindeer Biology
December 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press

Milan Shipka is studying the reproductive biology of reindeer throughout their 215-day gestation, with the goal of improving management of the animals as livestock.

Scientists Find Cache of Dodo Bird Bones
December 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Toby Sterling, Associated Press

Scientists said they likely have found a complete skeleton of the long-extinct Dodo bird. The last recorded sighting of a live bird was in 1663.

Journal Cites Evolution Studies in 2005
December 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The journal Science's pick for breakthrough of the year in 2005 is "evolution in action," focusing on studies of how evolution works and how it affects lives today.

Study is First on Menopause in Gorillas
December 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press

Jenny, Shamba, Timbo, Beta and Elaine are zoo gorillas, but they have something in common with millions of women: They have undergone menopause.

Scientists Study Coral Reefs in Caribbean
December 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Mat Probasco, Associated Press

U.S. government scientists were taking aerial photos and conducting underwater surveys to study a coral disease threatening life in the Caribbean Sea.

Indian Ocean Nations Prepare for Next Tsunami
December 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Bill Tarrant, Reuters

The next time a tsunami strikes the Indian Ocean rim, an early warning system should detect it and trigger warnings in time to millions living in coastal communities.

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