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Hydraulic fracturing rarely linked to felt seismic tremors: study

26 min ago from Physorg

New research suggests hydraulic fracturing and saltwater disposal has limited impact on seismic events.

Scientists study changes in the biodiversity of California's sandy beaches

27 min ago from Physorg

And to think it was all right there in her garage. A load of boxes pulled from biologist Dale Straughan's home yielded a veritable treasure trove for UC Santa Barbara...

Israel rejects mixed-gender prayer at Western Wall

46 min ago from UPI

Israel's government has rejected a plan to allow mixed-gender services at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem.

Tiger Woods unlikely to attend at TPC Potomac, 2017 Quicken Loans National

46 min ago from UPI

Tiger Woods has missed numerous tournaments over the past few seasons because of his ongoing back problems, and he wasn't going to play this week.

Study details evidence for past large earthquakes in the Eastern Tennessee seismic zone

57 min ago from Physorg

The Eastern Tennessee Seismic Zone (ETSZ), a zone of small earthquakes stretching from northeastern Alabama to southwestern Virginia, may have generated earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater within the last...

Amazon basin deforestation could disrupt distant rainforest by remote climate connection

1 hour ago from Science Daily

The ongoing deforestation around the fringes of the Amazon may have serious consequences for the untouched deeper parts of the rainforest. A new research study shows that it is not...

Rising Seas Could Result in 2 Billion Refugees by 2100

1 hour ago from Newswise - Scinews

In the year 2100, 2 billion people - about one-fifth of the world's population - could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on...

Microplastics from the washing machine

1 hour ago from Physorg

We know about the disastrous ways in which plastic affects the world's oceans. Billions of pieces of plastic are floating in the oceans. Their effects are also sufficiently well-known: marine...

Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize

1 hour ago from NY Times Science

Scientists are concerned over the cause of the rapid rise, which may indicate the world’s natural sponges that absorb carbon dioxide have changed.

10 million metric tonnes of fish catches dumped back into oceans: study

Fishing fleets dump about 10 per cent of the fish they catch back into the ocean in an "enormous waste" of low-value fish despite some progress in limiting discards in...

Biodiversity loss from deep-sea mining will be unavoidable

1 hour ago from Physorg

Biodiversity losses from deep-sea mining are unavoidable and possibly irrevocable, an international team of 15 marine scientists, resource economists and legal scholars argue in a letter published today in the...

Monitoring changes in wetland extent can help predict the rate of climate change

1 hour ago from Physorg

Monitoring changes to the amount of wetlands in regions where permafrost is thawing should be at the forefront of efforts to predict future rates of climate change, new research shows.

North West, Penelope Disick enjoy 'Moana'-themed birthday party

2 hours ago from UPI

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian celebrated their daughters' birthdays with Rob Kardashian, Larsa Pippen and Jaden Smith.

How the gas industry can help fight climate change in Siberia

2 hours ago from UPI

We can't stop methane from being released as permafrost melts, but could we capture the methane as it is released? The gas industry has the technology to do it.

NASA sees quick development of Hurricane Dora

2 hours ago from Physorg

The fourth tropical cyclone of the Eastern Pacific Ocean season formed on June 25 and by June 26 it was already a hurricane. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over Dora...

Deal signed between Britain's Tories, Northern Ireland's DUP

2 hours ago from UPI

The coalition of Britain's Conservative Party and Democratic Unionist Party will include $1.9 billion in spending for Northern Ireland, party leaders said.

Ohio concentrates effort to reduce harmful Lake Erie algae

2 hours ago from Physorg

Ohio's environmental regulators who have pledged to drastically cut what's feeding the harmful algae in Lake Erie will consolidate oversight of the work to make sure money is being well...

Blazing Fast Relief

2 hours ago from Science @ NASA

A NASA-supported tool is accelerating wildfire recovery Burned Area Emergency Response teams— they may be one of most important parts of wildfires that you’ve probably never heard of. As the last flames of...

What Are Sinkholes?

3 hours ago from Live Science

Sinkholes occur when the ground collapses gradually or suddenly due to dissolving bedrock, sometimes taking homes or cars with it.

Engineers use replica to pinpoint California dam repairs

3 hours ago from Physorg

Inside a cavernous northern Utah warehouse, hydraulic engineers send water rushing down a replica of a dam built out of wood, concrete and steel—trying to pinpoint what repairs will work...

The Electrochemical Society and Toyota North America Announce 2017-2018 Fellowship Winners for Projects in Green Energy Technology

3 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

The ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship Selection Committee has chosen three winners who will receive $50,000 fellowship awards each for projects in green energy technology. The awardees are Dr. Ahmet...

Microbes From Ships May Help Distinguish One Port From Another

3 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

Much the way every person has a unique microbial cloud around them, ships might also carry distinct microbial signatures. The key is testing the right waters--the bilge water from the...

Islamic State counterattacks west Mosul areas captured by Iraq

4 hours ago from UPI

Iraqi military officials said security forces on Monday repelled counterattacks launched by the Islamic State in previously captured areas of west Mosul.

Legislation Will Strengthen Coordination in the Gulf Region

4 hours ago from Newswise - Scinews

Senate Bill S. 1373 and House Bill H.R. 2923 would authorize the Gulf of Mexico Alliance as a regional coordinator for Gulf of Mexico ecological issues. This is similar to...

Camera-trap research paves the way for global monitoring networks

4 hours ago from Physorg

Biodiversity loss is one of the driving factors in ecosystem change, on par with climate change and human development. When one species, especially a large predator, disappears from an area,...

Scientists find clever way to help you de-clutter your home

4 hours ago from Physorg

If your attic is full of stuff you no longer use but can't bear to give away, a new study may offer you a simple solution.

Coastal Louisiana Is Sinking Faster Than Expected

4 hours ago from Live Science

New research shows that the worst-case scenarios of years past are now the average along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, as sea level rise, erosion, and subsidence eat away a...

Russia focused on Arctic oil developments

4 hours ago from UPI

The head of Russian oil company Rosneft said there were promising oil opportunities in the Arctic region, about a week after declaring a regional discovery.