Sci/tech

Arizona Officials May Import Endangered Owls
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Ananda Shorey, Associated Press

Wildlife officials are considering importing endangered owls from Mexico to boost the dwindling population in Arizona. To protect endangered cactus ferruginous pygmy owls, development already has been slowed or altered on thousands of acres of old-growth, ironwood-saguaro forest.

WWF Says Japan Scientific Whaling a Sham
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Japan should stop harpooning whales for scientific research, the WWF environmental group said on Monday in a report denouncing the slaughter as a cover-up for commercial sales of the mammals' meat.

Farmer Cuts Herbicide Bill by Adding Soybean Oil to His Weed Killers
June 14, 2005 12:00 AM - Christine Des Garennes, The News-Gazette

At first, Gene Hood was skeptical. A friend and fellow farmer in Indiana was adding soybean oil to his herbicides. By doing so, he was able to cut back on the amount of weed killers he sprayed on his fields.

California Forest Cameras Snoop on Wildlife
June 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A 30-acre patch of forest near Idyllwild has been outfitted with robotic cameras and other high-tech gadgets that spy on wildlife, trees and even roots as part of a pioneering effort by scientists to take nature's pulse.

Researchers Say New Deep Sea Rules Needed
June 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Nick Wadmans, Associated Press

Leaps in technology have made the darkest reaches of the sea much easier to explore, necessitating new rules to govern the precious resources of the deep, researchers said in a report.

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.

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