Sci/tech

EarthNews Radio: Biotech Pharming
July 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN

Do you know what "pharming" is? Jerry Kay spoke to Joseph Mendelson, Co-Founder and Legal Director of the Center for Food Safety to explain:

Lotuses Evolve Smaller on Human Picking
July 5, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press

When Charles Darwin explained evolution, the process he observed was natural selection. It turns out inadvertent human selection can also cause species to evolve. Take the case of the snow lotus, a rare plant that grows only at high levels in the Himalayas.

EarthTalk: Balloon Releases and Solar-Powered Gadgets
July 4, 2005 12:00 AM - the Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine

Given that “what goes up must come down,” balloons released into the air--whether by accident or in large quantities at events--eventually end up as trash on the ground or in bodies of water.

Japan Coast Guard Investigates Strange Water Vapor Plume at Sea Near Iwo Jima
July 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A mysterious column of water vapor that shot a kilometer (3,300 feet) into the sky from the Pacific Ocean near Iwo Jima was likely caused by an underwater volcanic eruption, and ships should avoid the area, Japanese officials said on Sunday.

E-Tagging of Pygmy Elephants Helps Study
July 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Vijay Joshi, Associated Press

Crouched in the vine-tangled forest of Borneo, where the brightest part of the day seems like dusk, Elis Tambing finally got the elusive animal in his laser sight and fired. The pink-quilled dart found its mark: the rump of the female pygmy elephant, a unique and endangered animal found only in Malaysia's Sabah state on Borneo Island.

Government Scientist Denies Falsifying Yucca Mountain Data
June 30, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

A scientist at the center of a controversy over potential falsification of documents about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump insisted before Congress on Wednesday that he did not alter paperwork on the project.

NOAA Scientists Say Reports Altered
June 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Many scientists at NOAA Fisheries, the federal agency responsible for balancing hydroelectric dams against endangered salmon, say they know of cases where scientific findings were altered at the request of commercial interests, according to a survey released Tuesday by two watchdog groups.

Electronic-Equipment Recycler Secures Data, Serves Environment
June 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Teddy Kider, The Frederick News-Post, Maryland

Deep inside a dimly lit warehouse filled with towers of oversized cardboard boxes and piles of electronic equipment, three workers picked at personal computers. They stripped the systems of metal and wire, separating elements and placing them in appropriate containers.

British University to Conduct Major Survey of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
June 28, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A British university on Tuesday announced plans for what it called the largest international survey of whales, dolphins and porpoises on the European Atlantic continental shelf.

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.

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