Sci/tech

Florida Conducting Coral Reef Study
September 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Coralie Carlson, Associated Press

Hovering above a coral reef, two divers in wet suits examine and measure the dozens of coral beneath them, recording their findings on clipboards and waterproof paper. The pair is conducting a new, state-funded study to analyze the health of the coral reef off Florida's coast that scientists hope will change the way reefs are cared for worldwide.

Endangered Plants Focus of New Study
September 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Betsy Taylor, Associated Press

Species conservation doesn't just apply to faraway rain forests or endangered whales. A network of botanical institutions is launching an unprecendented study of endangered native U.S. plants to determine their potential for recovery -- and in hopes of preventing their disappearance.

Experts See Alaska as U.S. Front against Bird Flu
September 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Bird experts working in some of the most remote areas of Alaska have begun checking migrating birds for avian influenza to see if they are spreading the feared virus out of Asia.

Ozone Layer Has Stopped Shrinking, U.S. Study Finds
August 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

The ozone layer has stopped shrinking but it will take decades to start recovering, U.S. scientists reported Tuesday. They said an international agreement to limit production of ozone-depleting chemicals has apparently worked, but the damage to ozone has not been halted completely.

Researcher Can Make All-White-Meat Chicken
August 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Soraya Nadia McDonald, Associated Press

Daniel Fletcher has found a way to transform dark meat chicken into white, a scientific advance some purists say has gone too far. Fletcher, a University of Georgia poultry science professor, said his other white meat isn't designed to compete with the real thing on restaurant menus or grocery shelves.

Deadly Tsunami Reached Around the Globe
August 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Last year's Sumatra tsunami focused its death and destruction on the lands around the Indian Ocean, but the great wave traveled around the world and was recorded as far away as Peru and northeastern Canada.

NEXRAD Waterfowl: Conservation at the Speed of Light
August 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Craig Springer, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The next generation of wildlife biologists is using a tool to help manage waterfowl, and migratory birds in general. It's the same tool you might rely on hoping to see tomorrow's sky will be dark, blustery and gray. It's NEXRAD Doppler radar.

Scientists Try to Harness Wave Energy
August 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

As the price of a barrel of oil continues to surge, scientists are turning to the ocean as a possible source of alternative energy. The potential for harnessing the power of waves has drawn serious study by Oregon State University, federal and state agencies, and communities along the Oregon Coast.

Weather Forecasting Getting More Complex
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

The outlook for predicting the weather is improving. Beginning this month the complex computer programs used by forecasters are getting more data on temperatures, water vapor and gases in the air and on how the ground affects the weather, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Wednesday.

Scientists Present Rare Woodpecker Audio
August 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists publicly presented recordings Wednesday purportedly of the ivory-billed woodpecker and said the tape indicated there might be more than one of the rare bird in an eastern Arkansas swamp.

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