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BP sprays more chemicals into main Gulf oil leak

8 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- A remote-controlled submarine shot a chemical dispersant into the maw of a massive undersea oil leak Monday, further evidence that authorities expect the gusher to keep erupting...

US oil spill testing ground for dispersants

8 years ago from Chemistry World

The possibility of using surfactants to treat oil on the ocean floor, at the source of the leak in BP’s well in the Gulf, is being tested

Wash away your doubts when you wash your hands

8 years ago from

Washing your hands 'wipes the slate clean,' removing doubts about recent choices. That's the key finding of a University of Michigan study published in the current (May 7) issue of...

Tape Exposes Rich-Poor Tussle in Copenhagen

8 years ago from NY Times Science

A German paper releases recordings disclosing the turbulent final hours in Copenhagen as world leaders debated a climate accord.

Video: Tidwell: US Energy Policy To Blame For Spill

8 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Clean energy advocate Mike Tidwell says the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is directly related to America's addiction to oil.

Little Progress on New Treaty at Climate Meeting

8 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Despite Some Movement, Tougher Issues Put Off for Another Day

Nuke reactor cores simulated on iPhones

8 years ago from UPI

SALT LAKE CITY, May 6 (UPI) -- University of Utah scientists say they're using an iPhone application they designed to display medical scans to view simulations of nuclear reactor...

From Air, BP’s Chief Sees Progress in Containing Spill

8 years ago from NY Times Science

A 98-ton steel box standing four stories tall will soon be lowered to the ocean floor. The goal is to redirect the oil to a drill ship.

Aseismic slip as a barrier to earthquake propagation

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On August 15, 2007, a magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck in Central Peru, killing more than 500 people - primarily in the town of Pisco, which was heavily damaged by the...

Supply chain professor: 'Oil spill, flooding create perfect storm' for commerce, shipping

8 years ago from

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and epic flooding in Tennessee have created a 'perfect storm' for businesses that rely on an efficient supply chain, according to a...

Climate change and mountain building led to mammal diversity patterns

8 years ago from

Travel from the tropics to the poles, and you'll notice that the diversity of mammals declines with distance from the equator. Move from lowland to mountains, and you'll see diversity...

World's biggest beaver dam discovered in northern Canada

8 years ago from Physorg

A Canadian ecologist has discovered the world's largest beaver dam in a remote area of northern Alberta, an animal-made structure so large it is visible from space.

Beetle-infested forests pose water threat

8 years ago from UPI

DENVER, May 5 (UPI) -- U.S. forest managers say threats to watersheds from fire-prone dying forests are so severe they need help from local water utilities, ski resorts and...

Fraudulent recyclers allegedly shipped in cans and bottles from out of state

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

A ring of recycling thieves trucked cans and bottles filled with sand to increase their weight from Arizona to California, prosecutors said Wednesday.

SwRI researchers design and build gas bearing test rig

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- Researchers at Southwest Research Institute have designed and built a 60,000 rpm gas bearing test rig to test the rotordynamic stability of gas bearings.

Breaking Up Can Be Hard

8 years ago from Physorg

Laura Townsend '10 eases a soggy lump of concrete out from what looks like a gigantic pizza oven. "Come on, whoa! -- This bad boy is going to fall apart,"...

Whatever Happened to the Ozone Hole?

8 years ago from National Geographic

Twenty-five years later, the lingering "hole" over Antarctica is close to closing—but that may not be entirely a good thing.

Rising seas, raising hopes

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- By the end of this century, sea levels in the Netherlands may rise more than 4 feet, a troubling prospect in a country where 70 percent of GNP...

Four-month freeze on apartment rents proposed by L.A. City Council committee

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

After roughly 90 minutes of angry testimony from tenants and landlords, a Los Angeles City Council committee called Wednesday for a four-month prohibition on rent increases at an estimated 630,000...

Max Palevsky, art collector and computer technology pioneer, dies at 85

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

Max Palevsky, an immigrant's son who made a fortune in the early days of the computer industry, then used his millions to build notable art collections and finance liberal campaigns,...

L.A. River project in Glendale clears final hurdle

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

The Glendale Narrows Riverwalk project includes a half-mile paved path along the Los Angeles River channel. Construction is expected to start in July and take less than a year to...

On Our Radar: Shunning "Drill, Baby, Drill'

8 years ago from NY Times Science

Republican leaders distance themselves from the "Drill, baby, drill" catch phrase.

Seismology: The biggest one

8 years ago from News @ Nature

Fifty years ago this month, a massive earthquake in Chile broke new ground in seismic science. Roff Smith looks back at the largest quake ever recorded.

African monsoon research to shift focus

8 years ago from SciDev

A plan for the next decade's research on the African monsoon aims to address climate change and the needs of local people.

Q&A: For Oceans, 'Another Big Headache'

8 years ago from NY Times Science

The oceanographer Sylvia Earle says the spill has damaged an already-stressed ecosystem.

Slideshow: VORTEX2: The great tornado chase

8 years ago from MSNBC: Science

A high-tech study aims to chase down tornadoes and surround them with an unprecedented fleet of cutting-edge tools in order to examine in detail how tornadoes form and the patterns...

Following Scientists Into the Field

8 years ago from NY Times Science

It is the end of the rainy season now in Madagascar, which means it's a good time for chameleons. They like it wet and warm. And that means it's...

Going to the Mountain

8 years ago from NY Times Science

We finally left Tana on May 2, fully loaded with all our equipment and supplies. Herpetologists love the rain, as it keeps the frogs and reptiles active, but the cost...