Sci/tech

Panelists Decry Bush Science Policies
February 23, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Recer, Associated Press

The voice of science is being stifled in the Bush administration, with fewer scientists heard in policy discussions and money for research and advanced training being cut, according to panelists at a national science meeting.

Global Warming Could Worsen US Pollution, Report Says
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

Global warming could stifle cleansing summer winds across parts of the northern United States over the next 50 years and worsen air pollution, U.S. researchers said Saturday.

Scientific Influence Wanes, Research Funding Weakened in Bush Administration, Experts Say
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Recer, Associated Press

The voice of science is being stifled in the Bush administration, with fewer scientists heard in policy discussions and money for research and advanced training being cut, according to panelists at a national science meeting.

Columbus, Ohio-Based Plastics Firm Finds New Use for Corn
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Phil Porter, The Columbus Dispatch

A year ago, Plastic Suppliers, which makes the film used in food labels and envelope windows, faced the same problem that dogs most American manufacturers: intense foreign competition.

Low-cost Technology for Environment-Friendly Plastic Developed
February 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Osaka Gas Co. said Friday it and an ally have developed a low-cost manufacturing technology for a new environmentally friendly but highly heat-resistant plastic that can be recycled with a special type of bacteria.

New Global Network Aims for Tsunami Warning System
February 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A global tsunami warning system to get critical information to people in the path of the potentially deadly waves was approved Wednesday as a top priority for the world's climate experts.

U.S. Cities Eye Ocean Waves for Power Supplies
February 15, 2005 12:00 AM - Leonard Anderson and Timothy Gardner, Reuters

Since ancient times poets have revered the power of the seas. Now energy companies and coastal cities like New York and San Francisco are aiming to tap ocean waves and tidal currents as abundant sources of electricity.

Asia Quake, Tsunami Moved Islands, Shortened Days
February 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Jim Loney, Reuters

The massive earthquake that triggered the Asian tsunami wobbled the earth on its axis, forced cartographers back to the drawing board and changed time by a fraction, but there's no need to adjust your clocks.

2005 Could Be Warmest Year Recorded, Says NASA
February 11, 2005 12:00 AM - Timothy Gardner, Reuters

A weak El Nino and human-made greenhouse gases could make 2005 the warmest year since records started being kept in the late 1800s, NASA scientists said this week.

California Considers Ban on Pet Cloning
February 10, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters

A California lawmaker said Wednesday he would introduce a bill this week to ban sales of cloned pets, a move that could end a California company's plans to replicate beloved domestic animals.

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