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2008-08-13 21:00:15

The U.S. Navy has agreed to restrict the use of sonar during its training exercises as part of a deal with environmental groups, officials said. The groups argue the use of low-frequency active sonar harms whales and other creatures, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. The agreement, which was approved by a federal judge in San Francisco, affects the use of sonar in the Pacific Ocean, which is home to whale breeding grounds, The Navy has said it is necessary to use sonar as a part...

2008-08-13 21:00:15

By TONY PERRY By Tony Perry Los Angeles Times The Navy will restrict the use of low-frequency active sonar during training in the Pacific Ocean to prevent possible harm to whales and other creatures, under an agreement reached with environmental groups Tuesday. The accord, approved by a federal court in San Francisco, would restrict the use of a type of sonar in areas in the Pacific Ocean that are known to be whale breeding grounds and key habitat, such as the Humpback Whale National...

2008-08-13 15:00:57

To: TECHNOLOGY EDITORS Contact: George Grant, +1-206-812-3021, George.grant@blueviewtech.com Source: BlueView Technologies, Inc. SEATTLE, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- BlueView Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of miniature multibeam imaging sonar, announced that the company has been awarded a Federal Supply Schedule contract by the General Services Administration (GSA). GSA is a centralized federal procurement agency that serves to improve government efficiency and help federal...

2008-07-13 03:00:20

By Kate Wiltrout, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 13--NORFOLK -- Helicopter crews would search the Chesapeake Bay for simulated mines and fighter jet squadrons would reduce the number of explosives they drop off the coasts of Virginia and North Carolina under a revised training plan the Navy is considering. Both changes are part of the Navy's comprehensive review of its training tactics in the Virginia Capes area, which covers a swath of the Atlantic Ocean between Delaware and...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By Pamela Powers, The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis. Jul. 11--MENOMONIE -- A high-tech fish locator has become part of the Menomonie Fire Department's arsenal of equipment to rescue people in water or retrieve drowning victims. The Humminbird Side Imaging Sonar unit, which has been mounted on the department's rescue boat, is capable of scanning a 720-foot-wide swath of water at any depth with a single pass of the boat. It has a nearly 11-inch screen showing in great detail anything...

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2008-06-27 13:30:00

The U.S. Navy has adopted a new plan Thursday to train in waters near Hawaii. The plan would allow for more frequent exercises while limiting the potentially harmful effects of its sonar on marine mammals. The plan was created following completion of environmental studies that found the exercises were in compliance with federal law. Similar studies are being conducted for training in waters off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, California and elsewhere. According to environmentalists,...

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2008-06-27 09:32:14

Bats' vocal sonar does more than locate objects; it cues memory and assists flight Not many people think about what it's like to be a bat, but for those who do, it's enlightening and potentially groundbreaking for understanding aspects of the human brain and nervous system. Cynthia Moss, a member of the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science program at the University of Maryland, College Park, Md., is one of few researchers who spend time trying to get into the heads of bats. Her new research...

2008-06-24 09:02:46

By Eileen Sullivan Associated Press WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court said Monday it won't stand in the way as the U.S. extends its security fence hundreds of miles along the border with Mexico, allowing building to proceed full-speed despite claims that it harms the environment and animals who live in the area. In a second case mixing national security and the environment -- and a second dose of potentially good news for the Bush administration -- the justices agreed to consider an...

2008-06-24 06:02:31

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a dispute over the Navy's sonar training exercises off the Southern California coast. Environmentalists say the exercises threaten dolphins, whales and other marine mammals. The case presents an important test of competing environmental and military interests. It began when the Navy did not prepare the required environmental-impact report for anti-submarine exercises scheduled for 2007-09 to train strike groups for...

2008-06-24 02:29:45

WASHINGTON _ The Supreme Court will settle a fight that pits Southern California dolphins against the U.S. military. In a closely watched case involving national security and the natural environment, the court agreed to review restrictions on the Navy's use of sonar off the California coast. The Bush administration contends that the sonar rules, meant to protect marine mammals, hinder military preparedness. "The chief of naval operations determined ... that those restrictions unacceptably...