Australian floods help ease the 'Big Dry'

For Australian farmers who have struggled to make a living in southern Queensland as their crops died and their dams ran empty during years of drought, recent floods have helped ease the "Big Dry".

Energy crops impact environmental quality

Crop residues, perennial warm season grasses, and short-rotation woody crops are potential biomass sources for cellulosic ethanol production. While most research is focused on the conversion of cellulosic feeedstocks into ...

Chinese ship leaks oil in Great Barrier Reef zone

A Chinese coal carrier leaking oil in Australia's environmentally sensitive Great Barrier Reef Marine Park after running aground, could be in danger of breaking up, authorities warned Sunday.

Detecting defects with wind and water

(PhysOrg.com) -- Bridges, aircraft and wind turbines are in constant movement. Natural forces and pedestrians all create vibrations. Previously, time-consuming tests were needed to determine how building components would ...

Russian spacecraft docks at orbiting station

(AP) -- A Russian space official says a Soyuz craft carrying an American and two Russian astronauts has docked successfully at the International Space Station.