U.S. House Passes Bill Affirming Global Warming Exists
June 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Richard Cowen, Reuters
The House of Representatives Wednesday, aiming to put an end to the debate over whether global warming is actually occurring, passed legislation recognizing the "reality" of climate change and providing money to work on the problem.
Researchers Say Antarctic Ice Sheet Stable
June 27, 2007 12:00 AM - Ray Lilley, Associated Press
An ice sheet in Antarctica that is the world's largest -- with enough water to raise global sea levels by 200 feet -- is relatively stable and poses no immediate threat, according to new research.
Giant Penguins May Have Roamed Peru
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
Giant penguins as tall as 5 feet roamed what is now Peru more than 40 million years ago, much earlier than scientists thought the flightless birds had spread to warmer climes.
Connecticut Biologists Search for Female Moose
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Biologists with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection need to determine whether the state's moose population is big enough to pose a traffic hazard which could lead to control measures including a hunting season to reduce the herd.
Floating Wind Turbine May Be in North Sea by 2009
June 26, 2007 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
The world's first floating wind turbine could be generating electricity in the North Sea in 2009 under a research pact on Monday between Norwegian energy group Norsk Hydro and German engineering firm Siemens.
Mushrooms Become Source for Eco-Building
June 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Jessica N. Pasko, Associated Press
Eben Bayer grew up on a farm in Vermont learning the intricacies of mushroom harvesting with his father. Now the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduate is using that experience to create an organic insulation made from mushrooms.
Shark Bite Leads to Reproduction Mystery
June 25, 2007 12:00 AM - Sonja Barisic, Associated Press
A recent study had documented the first confirmed case of asexual reproduction, or parthenogenesis, among sharks: a pup born at a Nebraska zoo came from an egg that developed in a female shark without sperm from a male.
Fear of Predators Is Not Natural, Study Finds
June 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Ed Stoddard, Reuters
Fear of predators is not instinctive but is a learned behavior that only develops when prey species share space with animals that eat them, according to a new study released this week.
Drifting Icebergs Are Hotspots of Life
June 22, 2007 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
Icebergs that break off Antarctica and drift away turn out to be hotspots of life in the cold southern ocean, researchers report. Climate warming has led to an increase in the number of icebergs breaking away from the Antarctic in recent years, and a team of researchers set out to study the impact the giant ice chunks were having on the environment.
Glacial Lake Vanishes in Southern Chile
June 21, 2007 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A five-acre glacial lake in Chile's southern Andes has disappeared -- and scientists want to know why. One theory is the water disappeared through cracks in the lake bottom into underground fissures.