Sci/tech

Mexican Volcano Rumbles Back to Life
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

The Volcano of Fire has rumbled back to life with its strongest eruptions in 20 years, spewing lava and ash clouds that had some residents who remained in their homes Wednesday casting nervous glances at the peak.

Survey Concludes Scientific Misbehavior Is Common
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press

It's not the stuff of headlines, like fraud. But more mundane misbehavior by scientists is common enough that it may pose an even greater threat to the integrity of science, a new report asserts.

Bush Administration Defends Former Oil Industry Advocate Who Changed Climate Reports
June 9, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press

The Bush administration said Wednesday that changes made in government reports on global warming by a former oil industry advocate were part of a normal interagency review and did not violate a pledge to base environmental policy on sound science.

Researchers Look at Role of Fish in Coal-Bed Methane Debate
June 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Becky Bohrer, Associated Press

Ever since developers learned how to tap coal seams in the Powder River Basin for natural gas, they've struggled with what to do with the brackish groundwater that comes out first. A fish may be the answer.

Permafrost May Be Shrinking Arctic Lakes
June 6, 2005 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press

Arctic lakes are shrinking, and melting permafrost brought on by higher temperatures may be the reason, according to a research paper.

Experts Are Listening to Grand Canyon
June 3, 2005 12:00 AM - Michelle Roberts, Associated Press

Mounted at about ear level on tripods, microphones are capturing the sound of quiet at the Grand Canyon. The four microphones are attached to sound level meters and computers that will later screen out all manmade sounds, such as the chatter of hikers, the rumble of cars and the buzz of sightseeing planes and helicopters.

Wet Winter Triggered California Landslide, Expert Says
June 2, 2005 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press

Accumulated rainfall from an unusually wet winter most likely triggered Wednesday's landslide that destroyed 18 luxury hillside homes in Orange County's Laguna Beach, scientists say.

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.

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