Sci/tech

Ozone Hole Recovery May Take Longer
December 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

The eventual recovery of the gaping ozone hole over Antarctica, first discovered two decades ago, may take years longer than previously predicted, scientists reported Tuesday. Researchers suspect that's because of all the older model refrigerators and car air-conditioning systems in the United States and Canada that are still releasing ozone-killing chemicals.

Researchers to Study Horse Manure, Weeds
November 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Researchers here are looking to horse manure to study the spread of invasive weeds. Dominican University has received a $100,000 National Park Service grant to study how to slow the spread of nonnative plants and weeds in state parks, school officials said.

Hawaii Scientists to Study Palmyra Atoll
November 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Dozens of scientists from Hawaii and the mainland are launching a cooperative research project at Palmyra Atoll to study the remote area's pristine coral ecosystem.

Hidden Risks of Teflon-Like Chemical Raised by Documents, Says Company Insider
November 17, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

DuPont Co. hid studies showing the risks of a Teflon-related chemical used to line candy wrappers, pizza boxes, microwave popcorn bags and hundreds of other food containers, according to internal company documents and a former employee.

Climate Change Could Spread Plague, Scientists Believe
November 15, 2005 12:00 AM - James Kilner, Reuters

Warmer, wetter weather brought on by global warming could increase outbreaks of the plague, which has killed millions down the ages and wiped out one third of Europe's population in the 14th century, academics said.

Global Warming Moved Plants Northward
November 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An increase in the planet's temperature 55 million years ago prompted major shifts in plant distribution, researchers reported Thursday.

Genetic Change Makes Mice Thinner
November 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

In a discovery with implications for fighting obesity in humans, Canadian scientists have discovered a molecular switch in specially bred laboratory mice that makes the animals skinnier than their normal brethren.

Water Vapor May Be Biggest Contributor to Higher Global Temperatures, Researcher Says
November 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Bradley S. Klapper, Associated Press

An unexpected greenhouse gas -- water vapor -- may be the biggest factor contributing to higher global air temperatures, a Swiss researcher said Wednesday.

Kerry Says Science Under Attack by Right-Wing Ideologues
November 7, 2005 12:00 AM - Glen Johnson, Associated Press

Democratic Sen. John Kerry said Friday that science is under attack by right-wing ideologues and the Bush administration, citing their "rigid refusal to listen to what the Earth is trying to tell us."

Researchers To Study Urban Coyotes
November 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

State and university researchers plan a detailed study on urban neighborhoods that have become hot spots for coyotes. Coyotes, which have been setting up dens in the bushes of two neighborhoods here, will be captured and radio-collared by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and University of Arizona researchers.

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