Scientists Discover New Assassin Spiders
February 14, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press
Researchers scouring the remote forests of the African island nation of Madagascar have found that tiny assassin spiders, grotesque-looking bugs that prey on other spiders, are more diverse than previously thought.
Study Finds Higher Level of Exposure to Mercury
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Anton Caputo, San Antonio Express-News
A national study that tested samples of human hair for mercury suggests that as many as one in every seven women of childbearing age in Texas has been exposed to potentially dangerous levels of the substance.
U.S. Geological Survey to Study Fault Line
February 13, 2006 12:00 AM - Alicia Chang, Associated Press
Scientists plan to use $2 million in federal "seed money" to try to learn more about the southern San Andreas Fault, including a segment that has not ruptured in more than three centuries.
Expert Studies Moths at Carlsbad Caverns
February 10, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press
Moths, an important food for Carlsbad Caverns' famed bats, will be studied to find out what kinds of moths exist and how many there are at the park.
Less Snow in Rockies Slows Release of CO2 Emissions
February 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Patricia Reaney, Reuters
Rising temperatures and a decline in the amount of snow in the Rocky Mountains have slowed the release of carbon dioxide, the main gas blamed for global warming, from forest soil, researchers said on Wednesday.
Lawmaker Seeks Probe of Logging Study
February 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Jeff Barnard, Associated Press
Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., called for an investigation into why federal funding was suspended for a study that goes against White House-supported legislation to speed up logging after wildfires in national forests.
NIH Launches Genetics Project Examining Environmental Influences on Disease
February 9, 2006 12:00 AM - Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press
NIH is launching a major project to uncover genetic variations that make people vulnerable to some of the most common diseases, and then determine what in the environment -- pollution, behavior, diet -- pushes those people into full-blown illness.
Scientists Warn of Melting Ice in Arctic
February 8, 2006 12:00 AM - Dan Joling, Associated Press
Scientists on Monday painted a gloomy picture of the effects of global warming on the Arctic, warning of melting ocean ice, rising oceans, thawed permafrost and forests susceptible to bugs and fire.
MIT Scientists Tracking Fish With Sonar
February 6, 2006 12:00 AM - Associated Press
A group of Boston-area scientists has come up with what they say is a better way of tracking and estimating fish populations, which in turn could change the way fishery regulators manage the resource.
Pigeons Get Backpacks for Air Pollution Monitoring
February 2, 2006 12:00 AM - Reuters
A flock of pigeons fitted with mobile phone backpacks is to be used to monitor air pollution, New Scientist magazine reported on Wednesday.