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Rocky New Planets Prove Planet-Hunting Technique and Other Stories

Weekend fishing trips may be contributing to one-quarter of the catch of threatened marine fish, a new study finds. U.S. Fisheries managers previously thought that recreational fishers caught just 2 percent of all fish taken from the sea. They based this conclusion on an online database compiled by the National Marine Fisheries Service. >> Read the Full Article

San Diegan first to buy new gas-electric SUV

Yesterday, Bill Hammons became the first person in the country to own an Escape Hybrid, Ford's first foray into the much-hyped technology, which uses a combination gas-electric system to power the vehicle. >> Read the Full Article

Leak closes lanes in new Boston interstate tunnel project

Water gushed into the Central Artery's northbound tunnel for hours yesterday from a small breach in the eastern wall, backing up afternoon rush-hour traffic for miles and leaving Big Dig officials at a loss to explain where the water was coming from and what had caused the leak. >> Read the Full Article

Umatilla, Oregon safety breach stalls burn of chemical weapons agent

Crews have temporarily quit burning chemical weapons at Umatilla's newly started incinerator after two workers walked through the wrong door -- into a room called the Toxic Cubicle. >> Read the Full Article

Expect the Unexpected in Antarctica

Rosemarie Keough almost died taking a penguin's picture. Camped on Antarctic sea ice with a small expedition of adventurers and photographers, she loaded film into three cameras and hiked a half-mile in a snowstorm to capture a colony of emperor penguins. >> Read the Full Article

Hydroponic Sea Oats Grown in Florida Panhandle to Save Energy

Thousands of sea oats, so vital for preventing coastal erosion, are being raised in this rural Florida Panhandle community more than 30 miles from the nearest beach and without a speck of sand. >> Read the Full Article

If There Ever Was a Time for Composting, It Is Now

If there ever was a time for composting, it is now. Backyards are overflowing with old plant material, stuff once foolishly called "garbage:" old stems, leaves, and flowers from the garden; kitchen trimmings; leaves from trees. >> Read the Full Article

Resistant Bacteria and Mercury Threaten the Great Lakes and Human Health, Report Says

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, airborne mercury, and urban sprawl are threatening the health of the Great Lakes and millions of people who live around them, a report to the Canadian and U.S. governments concluded this week. >> Read the Full Article

Only in Nevada Is Bush's Record on Environment Likely to Be a Decisive Issue

For environmentalists hoping to turn anger at President Bush into electoral votes for John Kerry, the biggest and perhaps only field of dreams is a nuclear waste dump site in Nevada. >> Read the Full Article

Dark Future for White Animals in Arctic

Ideal for an Ice Age, white fur used as camouflage by animals from polar bears to Arctic foxes may be going out of fashion because of global warming. >> Read the Full Article