Sci/tech

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.

Scientist Charles D. Keeling Dies
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Charles D. Keeling, a scientist whose measurements showing a carbon-dioxide buildup in the atmosphere helped trigger fears of global warming, has died at 77.

Cheery Chickadee Chirps Carry Complex Information, Study Reveals
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters

Those cheery-sounding chirps coming from the tree in the back yard are carrying more than a joyful message -- they are conveying surprisingly complex information about lurking predators, biologists reported Thursday.

U.S. Biotech Firm Sees FDA Approving Cloned Meat
June 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Randy Fabi, Reuters

A U.S. biotech company said on Thursday it expected the Food and Drug Administration to soon approve the industry's request to market meat and milk products from cloned cattle and other animals.

Extinction of Frogs is Catastrophic, Scientists Say
June 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Carlos Andrade, Reuters

Before the arrival of Spanish colonizers some 500 years ago, Indians in what is now Ecuador dipped their arrowheads in venom extracted from the phantasmal poison frog to doom their victims to convulsive death, scientists believe.

ACLU Says Bush Is Restricting Science
June 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union charged Tuesday that the Bush administration is placing science under siege by overzealously tightening restrictions on information, individuals and technology in the name of homeland security.

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