Sci/tech

Researchers Share Results of Massive Air Study
August 12, 2005 12:00 AM - Beverley Wang, Associated Press

NASA scientist Stephanie Vay spent last summer chasing bad air. Aboard a DC-8 loaded with instruments, she and other researchers trolled the sky for 10 hours a day, measuring the atmosphere. During six weeks, the plane, based out of Portsmouth's Pease Airport, covered every U.S. state east of the Mississippi.

Scientists Crack DNA Code of Rice
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press

An international team of scientists has deciphered the genetic code of rice, an advance that should speed improvements in a crop that feeds more than half the world's population.

Laurie Garrett: Are We Prepared for Avian Flu?
August 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Motavalli, E - The Environmental Magazine

Laurie Garrett, the only reporter to win all three of journalism's big "P awards (the Peabody, the Polk and the Pulitzer) is extraordinarily well positioned to tell the frightening and emerging story of avian flu. She answers questions posed by Jim Motavalli of E - The Environmental Magazine.

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.

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