Sci/tech

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.

Scientific Whaling Program Weak on Science -- An ENN Commentary
June 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, David Suzuki Foundation

I'm no economist, but from my understanding of the basics, when supply overshoots demand, prices will drop and producers will generally lower production accordingly. Well, simple economics apparently doesn't apply to whaling.

Arsenic-Eating Fern Holds Hope for Tainted Soils
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Susan Gordon, The News Tribune

State pollution fighters planted a small patch of pitiful-looking plants inside a wire cage in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park and labeled them poison. The 100 subtropical ferns inside the test plot near Fort Nisqually are part of a two-year, $30,000 experiment in pollution control that began in April on Vashon and Maury islands.

Wildlife Crowds Around Arctic Telescope
June 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

To examine data on the universe's earliest stars and galaxies from a balloon-launched telescope, scientists had to fend off earthly creatures in the Canadian Arctic.

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