Archive for June, 2008

Legalize Whaling (a Little), Some Conservationists Say

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 26, 2008   View Article

Could a little legalized commercial whale hunting actually help save the animals? That’s one idea floating around this year’s meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Santiago, Chile.

The still unofficial proposal involves backing off a 22-year-old moratorium that bans all but a small amount of whaling for scientific and sustenance purposes.

Major Lion Die-Offs Linked to Climate Change

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 25, 2008   View Article

Droughts and downpours exacerbated by climate change allowed two diseases to converge and wipe out large numbers of African lions in 1994 and 2001, according to a new study.

Voter Decision Affected by Polling Place, Study Finds

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 23, 2008   View Article

Politicos take note: Where people are assigned to vote can influence how they vote.

Researchers in a new study found voters were more likely to approve a school-funding initiative if they were assigned to cast their ballot at a school.

Technology overload? Experts offer advice on coping

Publication: MSN Tech & Gadgets   Date: June 18, 2008   View Article

The sun’s out. You decide to log off and go to the park. Upon arrival, you subconsciously check for the smart phone that’s always in your pocket. It’s not there. Now what?

According to a recent report, 68 percent of us would feel disoriented and nervous, a phenomenon labeled “disconnect anxiety.” Instead of relishing the break, we freak out.

Mass Extinctions Due to Sea Level Changes, Study Says

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 17, 2008   View Article

The rise and fall of the seas may have a more lethal toll on Earth’s life than asteroids and supervolcanoes, according to a new study.

Over the past 540 million years, every increase in the rate of extinctions—including the five so-called mass extinctions—has been linked to environmental changes wrought by changing sea levels, the study says.

Top 10 energy alternatives

Publication: MSNBC.com   Date: June 5, 2008   View Article

Four dollars for a gallon of gas? Experts say rising fuel prices reflect a combination of squeezed oil supplies, soaring international demand and market speculation. As a result, alternative forms of energy are getting a serious look – not only to ease the price squeeze, but also to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. Learn about the top 10 options.

Andes Mountains Jumped Like a Cork

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: June 5, 2008   View Article

After millions of years of slowly being squeezed, warped, and folded higher, the central Andes suddenly shot toward the stars in a geological blink of the eye, according to a new study.

The growth spurt came after chunks of dense, deep rock that anchored the South American mountain range suddenly plopped deeper into the mantle, freeing the buoyant crust to pop up like a cork unleashed from a lead weight.

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