Crocodile Blood May Yield Powerful New Antibiotics
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Perry, Reuters
Scientists in Australia's tropical north are collecting blood from crocodiles in the hope of developing a powerful antibiotic for humans, after tests showed that the reptile's immune system kills the HIV virus.
University of Wisconsin Records Show High Monkey Deaths
August 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press
A study at the University of Wisconsin led to an unusual number of deaths and illnesses of rhesus monkeys in 2001 and 2002, internal school records show. The UW memos were released Monday by the Primate Freedom Project, a group critical of animal research, which obtained them through an open records request.
Harvard to Investigate Origins of Life
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Harvard University is joining the long-running debate over the theory of evolution by launching a research project to study how life began.
Scientists Track Alien Seaweed in Hawaii
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Jaymes Song
An alien seaweed introduced here 31 years ago has spread rapidly throughout Hawaii and has even reached the remote, unspoiled Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which has scientists worried.
Study Reveals Most Wild Chimps Are Southpaws
August 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
When it comes to fishing tasty termites out of their mounds, wild chimpanzees don't have the right stuff. Most, in fact, are southpaws. A three-year study of 17 wild chimps in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, found that 12 of them used their left hands when using sticks to probe for termites.
Researchers Share Results of Massive Air Study
August 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Beverley Wang, Associated Press
NASA scientist Stephanie Vay spent last summer chasing bad air. Aboard a DC-8 loaded with instruments, she and other researchers trolled the sky for 10 hours a day, measuring the atmosphere. During six weeks, the plane, based out of Portsmouth's Pease Airport, covered every U.S. state east of the Mississippi.
Scientists Crack DNA Code of Rice
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press
An international team of scientists has deciphered the genetic code of rice, an advance that should speed improvements in a crop that feeds more than half the world's population.
Laurie Garrett: Are We Prepared for Avian Flu?
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Motavalli, E - The Environmental Magazine
Laurie Garrett, the only reporter to win all three of journalism's big "P awards (the Peabody, the Polk and the Pulitzer) is extraordinarily well positioned to tell the frightening and emerging story of avian flu. She answers questions posed by Jim Motavalli of E - The Environmental Magazine.
Listening System May Help Save Whales
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press
Small survey planes, daylight and luck have long been the best tools for scientists hoping to spot the rare North Atlantic right whale. The results aren't too impressive. An estimated one in four whales are spotted by aerial surveys, leaving the rest vulnerable to ship strikes or fishing gear entanglements.
Scientists Study Arctic Climate Changes
August 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A team of researchers will spend the next several weeks studying the icy Arctic Ocean to document historic climate changes. The expedition is using new technology to see whether variations in the Arctic's climate are within normal range of those that took place in Earth's recent past during the Holocene era, some 10,000 years since the last ice age.