EarthNews Radio: Museums
July 25, 2005 12:00 AM - Paul Geary, ENN
Museums are incredible resources for scientists to study and research, but also for the general public to study, research, and explore.
Hawaiian Caterpillar Has Unique Taste
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press
A type of caterpillar with a taste for escargot rather than the normal vegetable diet has been discovered in Hawaii. The caterpillar is the first ever observed to eat any kind of mollusk, researchers report in Friday's issue of the journal Science.
Senators Demand More Information on MTBE and Possible Cancer Risk
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press
Twenty-one senators asked the Environmental Protection Agency for more information Thursday about an internal paper that reportedly concludes that the gasoline additive MTBE may cause cancer.
Program Seeks Help Finding Dragonflies
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - William Kates, Associated Press
The New York Dragonfly and Damselfly Atlas will map dragonfly and damselfly distribution across the state, highlight regions with exceptional diversity, and further the conservation of imperiled species, said Henry Tepper, state director for The Nature Conservancy, which sponsors the nature heritage program along with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
California Adopts Emissions System for Big Trucks
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Engine manufacturers must install computer systems on big-rig trucks operating in California to diagnose and warn drivers of emission problems, according to an order issued by state air quality regulators Thursday. The order by the California Air Resources Board is the first such regulation in the United States for heavy-duty trucks.
Scientists Plan to Reintroduce Gray Whales off UK
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Reuters
Squadrons of Gray whales could be winging their way across the Atlantic within a decade to restock British waters under plans put forward by two conservation scientists. Andrew Ramsey and Owen Nevin of the University of Lancaster's School of Natural Resources in northern England floated the idea at a meeting in Brazil earlier this week.
U.S. Senate Panel Begins Work on Greenhouse Gas Cuts
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Chris Baltimore, Reuters
A senior Senate Republican said Thursday he will pursue legislation that may eventually require U.S. industry to cut gases linked to global warming, a view sharply at odds with the White House and many other Republicans. However, crafting legislation that would reduce emissions without being too costly to the U.S. economy will not be easy, said Pete Domenici, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.
Expert Questions Existence of Woodpecker
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Caryn Rousseau, Associated Press
An expert on the ivory-billed woodpecker is questioning evidence that purportedly shows the rare bird, once thought to be extinct, in the swamps of southeast Arkansas. Jerome A. Jackson, a zoologist at Florida Gulf Coast University, is challenging a blurry video cited by other scientists as showing a clip of one bird, saying the four-second image does "no more than suggest the possibility" that the bird still exists.
Self-Cleaning Building Materials a Possible Weapon in Fight against Smog
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Karl Ritter, Associated Press
From catalytic converters to alternative fuels, the fight against big-city smog has for years been fought inside combustion engines and exhaust pipes. Now, scientists are taking the fight to the streets by developing "smart" building materials designed to clean the air with a little help from the elements.
Lead, Tobacco Exposure Down in U.S., Survey Finds
July 22, 2005 12:00 AM - Maggie Fox, Reuters
Levels of lead have dropped dramatically, exposure to second-hand smoke is down and most women are not burdened by unsafe levels of mercury, according to the latest U.S. government survey on chemical exposures.