Sci/tech

New Super Magnet Weighs More than 15 Tons
July 29, 2005 12:00 AM - David Royse, Associated Press

This definitely ain't no refrigerator magnet. The new super magnet at The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory weighs more than 15 tons and has a magnetic field 420,000 times that of the Earth's -- strong enough to pull a metal object out of a person's hand and send it flying -- if people were allowed to get close enough.

Scientists Hope to Boost Speckled Trout Populations
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Scientists at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory are raising thousands of speckled trout to try to boost the population of one of the coast's most popular game fish.

Researcher Puts Cows in a Bubble to Measure Emissions
July 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Kathleen Hennessey, Associated Press

How much gas does a cow pass? It's a serious question for California's dairy farmers, because the answer could cost them big money to comply with new state air quality regulations coming down the pike.

Researcher Trying to Breed Tropical Fish
July 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A University of New England researcher is working to breed a tropical aquarium fish in captivity in an effort to take pressure off fragile ecosystems in Southeast Asia that are being damaged by unsustainable harvesting of exotic fish species.

Scientists Lead Sea Expedition from Land
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Richard C. Lewis, Associated Press

The ship with all the gadgets and underwater rovers is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, but for the first time, the team of scientists directing the expedition is not on board. They're sitting inside a room thousands of miles away.

Now Streaming Live: Pacific Walruses
July 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Timothy Inklebarger, Associated Pre

Wallowing and snorting as they jockey for position on the rocks, the two-ton walruses may not be the prettiest of Internet reality show stars. But two cameras installed at the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary off Alaska's southwest coast are giving scientists and Web surfers alike the chance to follow the drama of the Bering Sea mammals' everyday lives.

Geologist Maps Underseas Terrain in Massachusetts
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Jay Lindsay, Associated Press

When geologist Page Valentine steams out for a trip off the state's picturesque coastline, he's far more interested in what he can't see. Valentine has been using sophisticated sonar to map 1,400 square miles of ocean floor off the Massachusetts coast for 11 years.

Program Seeks Help Finding Dragonflies
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

The New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Atlas will map dragonfly and damselfly distribution across the state, highlight regions with exceptional diversity, and further the conservation of imperiled species, said Henry Tepper, state director for The Nature Conservancy, which sponsors the nature heritage program along with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Expert Questions Existence of Woodpecker
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Caryn Rousseau, Associated Press

An expert on the ivory-billed woodpecker is questioning evidence that purportedly shows the rare bird, once thought to be extinct, in the swamps of southeast Arkansas. Jerome A. Jackson, a zoologist at Florida Gulf Coast University, is challenging a blurry video cited by other scientists as showing a clip of one bird, saying the four-second image does "no more than suggest the possibility" that the bird still exists.

EarthNews Radio: GEM Car
July 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Many people own more than one car, and often a family's second car is used just for short around-town trips. That car is a perfect candidate to be an electric car, like one that is already produced today.

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