Sci/tech

Nuclear Power Plants Turning to Dry Casks for Storing Used Fuel
March 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Erica Werner, Associated Press

About 40 percent of the nation's nuclear power plants have begun moving spent fuel out of cooling pools and into massive dry casks, embracing a storage approach that a National Academy of Sciences panel said offers safety advantages.

Scientists Debate Quake Vs. Aftershock
March 29, 2005 12:00 AM - Joseph B. Verrengia, Associated Press

Earthquake or aftershock? For thousands of Indonesians digging out from the latest devastating geologic jolt, the question is academic. Monday's earthquake was a catastrophic exclamation point on what has been a harrowing three months on Sumatra and surrounding islands.

EPA Work on Sensors for Detecting Bioterrorism Attack Faulted
March 25, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Cities are not getting all the protections President Bush ordered last year to detect a biological terrorism attack, the Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog said Thursday.

Agency Admits Using Faulty Data on Endangered Florida Panthers
March 22, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press

Criticized by a whistle-blower, the Fish and Wildlife Service conceded Monday that it bungled some of the science used in protecting Florida's endangered panthers.

Tsunami Victims, Iraqis Get Taste of Recycled Water Targeted for Space
March 21, 2005 12:00 AM - Jeffrey McMurray, Associated Press

There are plenty of wells in Iraq, but the dead animals dumped there when Saddam Hussein was in power have contaminated them. There are plenty of streams in southeast Asia, but the recent tsunami polluted them with salt from the ocean.

Report Says Navy Sonar Likely Made Orcas Flee
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

Sonar pulsing from a Navy guided-missile destroyer during training exercises near the San Juan Islands two years ago was likely loud enough to send killer whales fleeing, according to a government agency report.

Study Links Mercury from Power Plants to Autism
March 18, 2005 12:00 AM - Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle

After years of debate about whether a nationwide explosion in autism is related to a mercury-based preservative used in vaccines, Texas researchers have found a new suspect: mercury from coal-burning power plants.

Experimental Flock Loses Whooping Crane
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

An experimental flock of whooping cranes has lost one of its youngest members to a Florida bobcat but could be on the verge of producing chicks in the wild for the first time.

Stress May Bring Sumatra Quake, Experts Say
March 17, 2005 12:00 AM - Associated Press

A buildup of stress on faults in Sumatra is likely to trigger another large earthquake -- and potentially another tsunami -- in the Indian Ocean region, seismologists say.

Transporting Food Can Cost the Earth
March 16, 2005 12:00 AM - Dr. David Suzuki, an op/ed

When it comes to food, buying local has been the mantra of environmental groups for years. After all, it's pretty easy to conclude that transporting fruits and vegetables from one side of the globe to the other isn't very good for the planet.

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