Environment

  1. Environment

    Atomic ant sand

    Robb Hermes asked for sand ants to get samples of Trinitite, a material created in the test blasts of the first atomic bomb.

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  2. Chemistry

    High methane in drinking water near fracking sites

    Well construction and geology may both play a role in pollution.

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  3. Coves del Drac
    Earth

    Cave detective hunts for clues to past sea level

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  4. Environment

    Big drain on groundwater

    Overuse of freshwater supplies poses risks.

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  5. Environment

    Elevated carbon dioxide may impair reasoning

    Insufficient ventilation allows exhaled gas to build up indoors, diminishing decision-making abilities.

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  6. Animals

    Classic sooty-moth tale bolstered by new results

    A scientist’s six-year backyard experiment strengthens the scenario for evolutionary changes due to industrial pollution.

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  7. Science & Society

    Methane from BP spill goes missing

    Latest sampling suggests either that microbes have already devoured the most abundant hydrocarbon produced by the leak — or that researchers have simply lost track of it.

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  8. Environment

    Gases dominate Gulf’s subsea plumes

    Shipboard experiments in June show that natural gas dominates the Gulf oil plumes and that its components are the favorite choice of microbes.

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  9. Environment

    Destination brain

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  10. Chemistry

    Concerns over bisphenol A continue to grow

    Recent research finds that the hormone mimic may be more prevalent and more harmful than previously thought, highlighting why BPA is a growing worry for policy makers.

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  11. Ecosystems

    Aspiring to Save the Planet

    The failure of the G-8 Summit to put some teeth in greenhouse-gas limits suggests it may be time for a global climate czar.

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  12. Environment

    Down with Carbon

    Scientists are exploring strategies for capturing carbon dioxide and storing it safely away in order to limit the levels of that greenhouse gas in the atmosphere.

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