Settlers Eyed in Australia Extinctions
December 26, 2006 12:00 AM - Rod McGuirk, Associated Press
Australia's giant prehistoric animals, including 10-foot-tall kangaroos and wombat-like creatures as big as a rhinoceros, were likely wiped out by aboriginal settlers, not climate change, a researcher said Tuesday.
Scientists Rebut Big Easy Channel Report
December 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Cain Burdeau, Associated Press
A group of scientists accused the Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday of endangering the city's future by failing to take steps to immediately close a shipping channel blamed for widespread flooding during Hurricane Katrina.
Japan Researchers Film Live Giant Squid
December 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Eric Talmadge, Associated Press
A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live -- possibly for the first time -- and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday.
Indian, Chinese Team to Map Glacier Melt
December 22, 2006 12:00 AM - Gavin Rabionwitz, Associated Press
A joint Indian-Chinese team plans to chart remote Himalayan glaciers that scientists fear are rapidly melting because of global warming, threatening the great rivers that give life to one of South Asia's most fertile regions.
Virgin Dragon Prepares to Give Birth
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Maria Cheng, Associated Press
In an evolutionary twist, Flora the Komodo dragon has managed to become pregnant all on her own without any male help. She is carrying seven baby Komodo dragons.
Report Says Tides Affect Speed of Antarctic Ice Slide
December 21, 2006 12:00 AM - Alister Doyle, Reuters
Tides affect the speed at which an Antarctic ice sheet bigger than the Netherlands is sliding towards the sea, adding a surprise piece to a puzzle about ocean levels and global warming, a study showed on Wednesday.
Octopus Study Shows Way to Save Fish Stocks
December 19, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters
Protecting marine areas for even relatively brief periods can significantly restore depleted fish stocks, scientists said on Monday, citing a study of octopus catches in Madagascar.
South Korean Team Produces Three Cloned Dogs
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters
A team of South Korean scientists once led by disgraced stem-cell researcher Hwang Woo-suk said on Monday they had produced three cloned copies of a female Afghan hound.
Biologists Hunt Invasive Pythons in Florida
December 18, 2006 12:00 AM - Todd Lewan, Associated Press
Critters that pythons find most delectable -- raccoons, possums, muskrats and native cotton rats -- are already under attack, as are birds such as the house wren, pied-billed grebe, white ibis and limpkin.
Scientist Says New Data Backs Sulphur Climate Plan
December 15, 2006 12:00 AM - Ari Rabinovitch, Reuters
Nobel Prize laureate Paul Crutzen says he has new data supporting his controversial theory that injecting the common pollutant sulphur into the atmosphere would cancel out the greenhouse effect.