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.
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.