Sci/tech

Group Tracks Cougar Population in Midwest
October 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Suhr, Associated Press

Kenny Tharp was hunting deer near the Mississippi River last season when he spotted something curled beneath a pine tree that he just couldn't believe: the body of a 98-pound cougar.

Dutch Windmills at Risk from Climate Change
October 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Anna Mudeva, Reuters

Windmills, one of the Netherlands' trademarks, may go idle because of less wind as a result of climate change, Dutch scientists predict.

Canadian Researchers Find Anti-Freeze in Fleas
October 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Julie Mollins, Reuters

Tiny fleas that survive on fungus found under a blanket of snow contain a unique antifreeze that could have implications for farming or transplant surgery, Canadian researchers said on Wednesday.

E-Waste Proliferating
October 19, 2005 12:00 AM - Steve Tarter, Journal Star

The 16,000 square-foot warehouse at 401 NE Rock Island Avenue in Peoria is piled high with computers and televisions -- all used. It's the place where Recycling for Illinois, a not-for-profit recycling company, seeks to stem the tide of an onrushing sea of electronic appliances.

Study Uncovers Source of California Beach Sand
October 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Pascal Pinck, Reuters

Scientists have cracked one of the enduring geological mysteries of Southern California's famed beaches: where the sand comes from. Researchers had long assumed that coastal rivers washed the bulk of the naturally introduced sand to the beaches south of Los Angeles.

Tsunami Warning System to Be Installed
October 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Niniek Karmini, Associated Press

A team of German and Indonesian scientists will set sail Tuesday for Sumatra island to install a tsunami warning system in the region worst hit by last year's Asian killer wave.

European Polar Satellite Crashes Into Sea
October 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Christian Lowe, Reuters

A satellite designed to measure how fast the polar ice caps are melting crashed into the Arctic Ocean after its launch in northern Russia went wrong, the European Space Agency said on Saturday.

Solar-Powered Homes Exhibit on National Mall
October 7, 2005 12:00 AM - ENN

The 2005 Solar Decathlon, sponsored by The U.S. Department of Energy, brings 18 universities together in a competition to design and build an energy efficient 800-square foot home.

Envoy: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Growth Slowing
October 6, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

The chief U.S. negotiator on global warming acknowledged Wednesday the nation's glacial pace in reducing greenhouse gases and said even that might not continue in the future.

Oxygen Helped Mammals Grow, Study Finds
September 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Mammals, once tiny creatures scampering on the forest floor, grew larger as the amount of oxygen in the air increased over millions of years, a new study says.

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