Sci/tech

Large Calcite Formation Found in New Mexico Cave
June 1, 2005 12:00 AM - Sue Major Holmes, Associated Press

A calcite formation named Snowy River could prove a gold mine for scientists, who believe the new passage could yield information on everything from specialized bacteria to underground drainage.

Great Lakes Soil Probed for Helpful Fungi
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A biologist from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is scouring the bottom of Lake Michigan, looking not for clams, but for bacteria and fungi that develop anti-bacterial chemicals that could be developed into life-saving drugs for humans.

Mountain Lion Research Continues in South Dakota
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Wayne Ortman, Associated Press

Wildlife managers want to know more about the reproductive rate and survival rate of kittens and where young lions go when they set out on their own, said John Kanta, a big-game biologist for the state Department of Game, Fish and Parks in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Hurricane Season Could Renew Global Warming Debate
May 31, 2005 12:00 AM - Michael Christie, Reuters

If hurricanes again pound the United States this summer, their roar is likely to be accompanied by the din of another storm -- an angry debate among U.S. scientists over the impact of global warming.

How Do Our Gardens Grow? Researchers Find a Clue
May 27, 2005 12:00 AM - Ronald Kotulak, Chicago Tribune

How do flowers know to bend toward the sun, plant shoots to grow up, roots to grow down and strawberry seeds to grow red, luscious fruit? Figuring out the exact chemical and genetic steps that command plant cells to grow or divide in response to light or gravity has been one of the longest-standing puzzles of biology.

Bush Visits Gas Station that Sells Hydrogen Fuel for Cars
May 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Deb Riechmann, Associated Press

President Bush stared inquisitively down into the nozzle of a hydrogen fuel hose on Wednesday, then pumped the fuel into a blue compact car as he renewed his plea for Congress to pass a wide-ranging energy bill.`

Satellites Used to Aid Vanishing Guatemala Jaguars
May 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters

To the ancient Maya Indians who once built elaborate cities in the Guatemalan jungle, the jaguar's spotted pelt represented the stars in the night sky. Now the Western Hemisphere's biggest cat is being tracked from space.

Bush Says New EPA Chief will Put Science at Heart of Environmental Policy
May 24, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

President Bush, in a rare visit to the Environmental Protection Agency, pledged Monday that science would be at the heart of the nation's air, water and land policies.

Bonaire Teens Reconstruct Skeleton of Whale Impaled by Cruise Ship
May 23, 2005 12:00 AM - George Desalvo, Associated Press

It wasn't until the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam docked in Bonaire that the captain discovered why it was making headway so slowly. "The bow of your vessel has impaled a whale," the port captain said.

Cornell to Launch Five-Year Study on Coyotes
May 20, 2005 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press

For many people, their closest encounter with a coyote is hearing its howl curdle the night from afar. But coyote sightings are now on the increase across New York, meaning greater potential for attacks, say Cornell University researchers, who are launching a five-year study of why the once-wary creatures are becoming more aggressive toward humans.

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