Science & Technology

Passadena, California – This audio diary is part of the Powerful Signals Radio Series. Tracy Drain is an engineer who helped build the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Today we follow Tracy as she waits for the orbiter to reach the red planet. (9:42) For more information, visit the Women In Science On The Air! website at www.womeninscience.org. Powerful Signals: Transforming the Role of Women and Girls In Science and Engineering was made possible by support from the National Science Foundation.

Plattsburgh, NY – The Bush administration proposed new rules affecting the country's national forests yesterday. Opponents of the proposal say regulations against logging in national forests are being swept aside. There is a national forest in Vermont, and while environmentalists are concerned, Vermont officials don't think the new rule will have much impact here..

Kingston, NY – A rainy spring and summer not only dampened some people's plans, but their Hudson Valley homes as well. Now some county health officials say they are fielding a larger-than-usual volume of calls about mold. More from Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne.

Albany, NY – Governor Pataki and the governors of nine other Northeastern states have pledged to develop a regional strategy to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Environmentalists note that as important as the move is for the ecosystem, its even more significant in sending Washington a message. More from North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

Albany, NY – A new report by the National Wildlife Federation says the levels of Mercury found in rainwater tested in 12 states, including New York, are at "alarming levels". WAMC's Brian Shields reports.

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