Friday, May 22, 2015

Science

As telescope opposition boils over, some Native Hawaiians see science education opportunity

HONOLULU — Before going up to Mauna Kea’s summit on Hawaii’s Big Island, Heather Kaluna makes an offering to Poliahu, the snow goddess of the mountain. She holds it sacred, as do other Native Hawaiians.

Scientists using experimental putty treatment to contain Kauai coral black band disease

HONOLULU — Black band coral disease is affecting nearly half of the reef sites researchers have surveyed in waters off Kauai, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said.

No mercy at Mercury: NASA spacecraft to plunge from orbit and slam into planet Thursday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s Mercury-orbiting spacecraft, Messenger, is going out with a bang this week, adding a hefty crater to the little planet closest to the sun.

An explanation of how wild birds likely brought, spread bird flu to commercial flocks

DES MOINES, Iowa — Wild birds are believed to be behind the first major widespread outbreak of bird flu in the United States. The H5N2 virus has cost Midwestern turkey and chicken producers almost 13 million birds since early March, including several new cases announced in Iowa on Monday.

Scientists more convinced than ever of a link between small quakes and oil and gas drilling

LOS ANGELES — With the evidence coming in from one study after another, scientists are now more certain than ever that oil and gas drilling is causing hundreds upon hundreds of earthquakes across the U.S.

You’ve heard of the pocket fisherman? Biologists find rare pocket shark and he’s pretty cute

WASHINGTON — Surprised scientists have fished a tiny, extraordinarily rare shark — called a pocket shark — out of the Gulf of Mexico.
The dead specimen is only the second of its species ever found. The only other was found off the coast of Peru in the Pacific Ocean 36 years ago.

Mammoth Park? Extinct beast’s genome decoded, possible step in reviving species

TORONTO — Scientists have sequenced the near-complete genomes of two woolly mammoths that lived 40,000 years apart in different areas of Siberia, providing new insights into the species’ evolution and eventual extinction at the close of the Ice Age.

Scientists: More than 143 million Americans in mainland states live in quake-prone areas

LOS ANGELES — More than 143 million people in the mainland states now live on shaky ground, earthquake scientists say.
That’s because more people have moved into the quake-prone West Coast and some quake zones were recently expanded, according to researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Federal agency proposes removing most of world’s humpback whales from endangered species list

HONOLULU — The federal government on Monday proposed removing most of the world’s humpback whales from the endangered species list, saying the massive mammals have rebounded after 45 years of protection and restoration efforts.

Minnesota reports 2 more bird flu cases, state vet says wild birds pose a challenge

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Keeping wild waterfowl from spreading bird flu to Minnesota turkey farms won’t be easy, the state veterinarian said as officials announced the sixth and seventh cases of the disease in the country’s top turkey-producing state.

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