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.
Bush Visits Gas Station that Sells Hydrogen Fuel for Cars
May 26, 2005 12:00 AM - Deb Riechmann, Associated Press
President Bush stared inquisitively down into the nozzle of a hydrogen fuel hose on Wednesday, then pumped the fuel into a blue compact car as he renewed his plea for Congress to pass a wide-ranging energy bill.`
Satellites Used to Aid Vanishing Guatemala Jaguars
May 24, 2005 12:00 AM - Frank Jack Daniel, Reuters
To the ancient Maya Indians who once built elaborate cities in the Guatemalan jungle, the jaguar's spotted pelt represented the stars in the night sky. Now the Western Hemisphere's biggest cat is being tracked from space.
Bush Says New EPA Chief will Put Science at Heart of Environmental Policy
May 24, 2005 12:00 AM - John Heilprin, Associated Press
President Bush, in a rare visit to the Environmental Protection Agency, pledged Monday that science would be at the heart of the nation's air, water and land policies.