Sci/tech

E-Tagging of Pygmy Elephants Helps Study
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Vijay Joshi, Associated Press

Crouched in the vine-tangled forest of Borneo, where the brightest part of the day seems like dusk, Elis Tambing finally got the elusive animal in his laser sight and fired. The pink-quilled dart found its mark: the rump of the female pygmy elephant, a unique and endangered animal found only in Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo Island.

Government Scientist Denies Falsifying Yucca Mountain Data
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

A scientist at the center of a controversy over potential falsification of documents about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump insisted before Congress on Wednesday that he did not alter paperwork on the project.

NOAA Scientists Say Reports Altered
June 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Many scientists at NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency responsible for balancing hydroelectric dams against endangered salmon, say they know of cases where scientific findings were altered at the request of commercial interests, according to a survey released Tuesday by two watchdog groups.

Electronic-Equipment Recycler Secures Data, Serves Environment
June 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Teddy Kider, The Frederick News-Post, Maryland

Deep inside a dimly lit warehouse filled with towers of oversized cardboard boxes and piles of electronic equipment, three workers picked at personal computers. They stripped the systems of metal and wire, separating elements and placing them in appropriate containers.

British University to Conduct Major Survey of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
June 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A British university on Tuesday announced plans for what it called the largest international survey of whales, dolphins and porpoises on the European Atlantic continental shelf.

Researchers Release Rare Turtles in Georgia
June 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Greg Bluestein, Associated Press

Wildlife researchers have released four rare bog turtles into the wild, the first group of the federally threatened species to be let loose in Georgia.

Scientists, Gourmands Seek Out Mushrooms
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Martha Mendoza, Associated Press

From the remote wilderness to the finest restaurants, wild mushrooms -- long appreciated in Europe and Asia -- are enjoying an ascent from freaky fungus to gourmet delight and scientific mystery.

Timing of Next Indonesia Tsunami a Mystery
June 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press

When will the next Indonesian tsunami strike? With last December's tragedy and a second large earthquake in the area just three months later, that's more than just an abstract scientific question.

Study Examines Flight of Hummingbirds
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - William McCall, Associated Press

Not much bigger than a honey bee, the tiny hummingbird is able to hover gently over a flower because it uses some of the same wing motion as an insect -- but not as much as previously thought, a new study says.

Contraceptives Lower Oregon Geese Hatchings
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Bait laced with a contraceptive resulted in the hatching of fewer pesky Canada geese last spring, according to a study by the National Wildlife Research Center. The bait, tested around Oregon in 2004, could help in long-range plans to manage the geese, which cause crop damage.

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