Sci/tech

Louisiana Delegation Heading to Netherlands
January 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press

Leaders from Louisiana left Monday for the Netherlands to study the flood control systems protecting a nation much farther below sea-level than New Orleans.

U.S. Tsunami Alert System Streamlined
January 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeannette J. Lee, Associated Press

When word of a big earthquake comes in the middle of the night, geophysicist Bruce Turner takes five minutes to fumble for his beeper, throw on a coat, scrape the ice off his windshield, drive a mile to work and transmit a tsunami alert.

Science and the Environment: The Challenges of Reaching the Public -- A Guest Commentary
January 3, 2006 12:00 AM - Ellen Prager, PhD

The call to bring more science more effectively to the public has grown significantly louder and broader over the past several years. But alas, we face major obstacles in public outreach both within the scientific community and outside of its bounds.

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.

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