Sci/tech

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.

Giant Ocean Waves More Common Than Thought
August 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Last year's Hurricane Ivan generated an ocean wave that towered higher than 90 feet at one point, says a study that also suggests such giants may be more common than once thought.

Scientists Drill Into San Andreas Fault
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Geologists drilling a borehole into the San Andreas Fault to better understand the physics of earthquakes have hit a seismically active section of the fault for the first time.

Crew to Track Monarch Butterflies
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Will Weissert, Associated Press

The annual arrival of millions of Monarch butterflies from the forests of eastern Canada to the central Mexican mountains for the winter is an aesthetic and scientific wonder. And this year, they won't be flying alone.

South Korean Scientists Clone First Dog
August 4, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Verrengia, Associated Press

South Korea's pioneering stem cell scientist has cloned a dog, smashing another biological barrier and reigniting a fierce ethical debate -- while producing a perky, lovable puppy.

Weather Service Predicts Many More Hurricanes This Year
August 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

Note to the millions of people living near the Atlantic and Gulf coasts: Be prepared to batten down the hatches, it'll be a rougher than normal season for tropical storms. Hurricane forecaster Gerry Bell said a combination of warmer waters, low wind shear and low pressure, as well as the jet stream, favor storm formation.

Toyota to Keep Electric RAV4s in Service
August 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Toyota intends to keep the electric version of its popular small SUV, the RAV4, in service.

Robin, Not Crow, May Be West Nile Culprit
August 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Donna Tommello, Associated Press

The beloved American robin, not the annoying, raucous crow, may be the more potent source for West Nile virus, according to new research.

Warming Making Hurricanes Stronger, Study Says
August 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Verrengia, Associated Press

Is global warming making hurricanes more ferocious? New research suggests the answer is yes. Scientists call the findings both surprising and "alarming" because they suggest global warming is influencing storms now -- rather than in the distant future.

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