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Coral cores show sea history

8 years ago from Science Alert

A research team has raised cores of coral from the Great Barrier Reef to look at how sea level has changed – and it doesn’t look smooth.

Decontaminating dangerous drywall

8 years ago from

A nanomaterial originally developed to fight toxic waste is now helping reduce debilitating fumes in homes with corrosive drywall...

New theory of why midcontinent faults produce earthquakes

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A new theory developed at Purdue University may solve the mystery of why the New Madrid fault, which lies in the middle of the continent and not along a tectonic...

Survey says biodiversity down at Chernobyl

8 years ago from UPI

PRIPYAT, Russia, July 30 (UPI) -- Researchers say a wildlife census in the exclusion zone surrounding the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Russia shows animal populations are...

'Winter tire' boot aims to thwart icy falls

8 years ago from CBC: Health

Despite the summer weather outside, researchers at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute are donning parkas and heading into a frigid lab to design a winter boot that helps prevent slips and...

Chile prepares for possible quake

Chilean authorities begin to prepare for a possible earthquake that could strike the north of the country "at any time", say scientists.

Water a basic right, U.N. says

8 years ago from UPI

UNITED NATIONS, July 30 (UPI) -- Access to clean drinking water and sanitation is a basic human right, the U.N. General Assembly said in a symbolic resolution. ...

IceCube drillers train for final Antarctic season

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- The sweltering Wisconsin summer is a far cry from conditions at the South Pole, but ice drillers from around the United States will gather next week in Stoughton...

Research Could Improve Leather Tanning

8 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

South Dakota State University research funded in part by the Environmental Protection Agency could lead to a cleaner, greener leather tanning industry.

Louisiana reopens fishing grounds after spill closure

8 years ago from Physorg

Louisiana has reopened wide swaths of state fishing grounds that were closed in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill after seafood testing, the state said.

Fishless Lake in Adirondacks Shows Signs of Recovery

8 years ago from Live Science

Acid rain killed the fish, but ecosystems could thrive again.

Galapagos Islands removed from threat list

8 years ago from UPI

BRASILIA, Brazil, July 30 (UPI) -- The government of Ecuador is to thank for conservation efforts that resulted in the removal of the Galapagos Islands from a sensitive list,...

Tweaking technology for the bottom four billion

8 years ago from SciDev

With a bit of imagination, technologies can be made cheap enough for the poor, but investors are needed, finds Kafil Yamin.

Clean Your Plate, Save Energy

8 years ago from C&EN

Conservation: The U.S. wastes as much energy in tossed-out food as Sweden consumes in a year.

Scientists test cutting-edge technology for underwater mapping at Tahoe basin

8 years ago from Physorg

A borrowed boat, a small mountain lake and the inaugural run of a half-a-million dollar state-of-the-art multi-beam sonar system made history this month with the successful high-definition mapping of the...

Grim task of China oil clean-up

China is struggling with an arduous clean up after the country's worst oil spill, with grim conditions for those involved.

Ruptured Earth -- in the aftermath of the Chilean earthquake

8 years ago from Physorg

On 27 February 2010, a gargantuan 8.8 earthquake struck south-central Chile, the fifth largest event ever recorded by modern seismology.

Mass coral bleaching closes dive sites, threatens future of world's most diverse marine region

8 years ago from

Mass coral bleaching caused by global warming is threatening the health of the Coral Triangle, a vast marine region that is home to 76% of all known corals in the...

Study finds black carbon implicated in global warming

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Increasing the ratio of black carbon to sulphate in the atmosphere increases climate warming, suggests a study conducted by a University of Iowa professor and his colleagues and published in...

Japanese rescue-bot can sniff out disaster survivors (w/ Video)

8 years ago from Physorg

Japanese emergency services are to trial a small tank-like rescue robot that can search rubble for survivors and deliver water, food or cellphones in disaster zones.

Oil spill waste raises concerns in the gulf

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

BP has hauled more than 35,000 tons of solid waste to regional landfills. But one Mississippi county, worried about safety, has stopped it. ...

Gulf of Mexico Has Long Been a Sink of Pollution

8 years ago from NY Times Science

The gulf has been suffering for decades before the rig explosion, with the oil industry, farming and lax oversight contributing to a dead zone in the gulf.

A final solution to gulf oil leak may be at hand

8 years ago from LA Times - Science

The 'static kill' operation to plug the well for good could begin as early as Sunday. One expert puts its chances of success at 'close to 100%.' ...

Plumes Finger Oil Spill

8 years ago from C&EN

Geochemistry: BP leak is behind undersea oil plumes, isotopic analyses confirm.

Lessons From Two Important Climate Forecasts

8 years ago from NY Times Science

A great climate scientist is defined by his successful forecast of warming and his acceptance that another forecast was flawed.

What Will Happen During the Next 100 Days of the Oil Spill?

8 years ago from Live Science

What Will Happen During the Next 100 Days of the Gulf Oil Spill?

Huge Chilean Earthquake Raised Country's Coast

8 years ago from Live Science

The temblor also moved cities and sank inland areas.

Ontario tackles ER wait times with $45M more

8 years ago from CBC: Health

The Ontario government is expanding its effort to reduce emergency-room wait times across the province.