Sci/tech

Scientists Speed Coral Growth
July 20, 2005 12:00 AM - Sam Kean, St. Louis Post Dispatch

St. Louis sits hundreds of miles from the nearest natural coral, and it's on the other side of the world from the most famous coral reef. Yet the key to saving this crucial oceanic organism just might have sprung from the muddy banks of the Mississippi.

Texas A&M Leads World in Cloning Animals
July 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Juan A. Lozano, Associated Press

Eighty-six Squared has never been in a hurry. The Black Angus bull was born 15 years after cells from his genetic donor, Bull 86, were frozen as part of a study on natural disease resistance. When Bull 86 died in 1997, scientists thought his unique genetic makeup was lost. But researchers at Texas A&M University were able to clone him from the frozen cells in 2000.

High-Tech Cell Phones Help Africans Trade Crops
July 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Rebecca Harrison, Reuters

Daniel Mashva heaves his sack of cabbages and sweet potatoes into a rickety shared taxi and travels nine hours under the scorching sun to the market in Johannesburg. By the time he arrives, half his tiny harvest is rotten and the 48-year-old father of five returns to his impoverished village just a few pennies richer.

Unborn Babies Soaked in Chemicals, Survey Finds
July 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Unborn U.S. babies are soaking in a stew of chemicals, including mercury, gasoline byproducts and pesticides, according to a report to be released Thursday. Although the effects on the babies are not clear, the survey prompted several members of Congress to press for legislation that would strengthen controls on chemicals in the environment.

Researchers, Trackers Study Deer Populations
July 13, 2005 12:00 AM - Quinn Eastman, North County Times

For a decade, governments throughout San Diego County have bought into the idea that wildlife and development could coexist, if enough open space was preserved with corridors built between them to allow animals to roam.

Philippines Checks Sanctuaries after Bird Flu Case
July 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Dolly Aglay, Reuters

The Philippines is monitoring poultry farms near bird sanctuaries because the three ducks on farm discovered to have the country's first case of bird flu may have been infected by migratory birds.

Researchers Theorize on Animal Extinction
July 8, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The extinction of most of Australia's large animals occurred around 45,000 years ago, shortly after the arrival of humans. A study suggests that human burning of the landscape forced dietary changes that killed off many of the animals.

EarthNews Radio: Biotech Pharming
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Do you know what "pharming" is? Jerry Kay spoke to Joseph Mendelson, Co-Founder and Legal Director of the Center for Food Safety to explain:

Lotuses Evolve Smaller on Human Picking
July 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

When Charles Darwin explained evolution, the process he observed was natural selection. It turns out inadvertent human selection can also cause species to evolve. Take the case of the snow lotus, a rare plant that grows only at high levels in the Himalayas.

EarthTalk: Balloon Releases and Solar-Powered Gadgets
July 4, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Given that “what goes up must come down,” balloons released into the air--whether by accident or in large quantities at events--eventually end up as trash on the ground or in bodies of water.

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