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Penguins Ride Air Force Jet to South Atlantic

10 years ago from Live Science

More than 370 penguins that mysteriously washed up on Brazil's equatorial beaches were flown south on a huge air force cargo plane.

Potentially Toxic Flame Retardants Highest In California Households

10 years ago from Science Daily

In what may be an unintended consequence of efforts to make furniture safer and less flammable, residents of California have blood levels of potentially toxic flame retardants called PBDEs at...

Feature: Profile - Australia’s new Chief Scientist, Penny Sackett

10 years ago from Science Alert

Only days after being announced as chief scientist, Professor Penny D Sackett has made it clear she intends to keep the role as independent from government as possible.

Arctic Sea Ice Annual Freeze-up Underway

10 years ago from Science Daily

After reaching the second-lowest extent ever recorded last month, sea ice in the Arctic has begun to refreeze in the face of autumn temperatures, closing both the Northern Sea Route...

Gas From The Past Gives Scientists New Insights Into Climate And The Oceans

10 years ago from Science Daily

In recent years, public discussion of climate change has included concerns that increased levels of carbon dioxide will contribute to global warming, which in turn may change the circulation in...

Type Of Plankton -- Food Source For Many Fish -- Has Ability To Survive Climate Change

10 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have found that the main source of food for many fish -- including cod -- in the North Atlantic appears to adapt in order to survive climate change. Billions...

Tainted Cadbury chocolate found in Hong Kong

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Hong Kong said Sunday it found two Cadbury chocolate products contained considerably more of the industrial chemical melamine than the city's legal limit in a growing scandal...

Tectonic fragment linked to Tokyo's quake peril: scientists

10 years ago from Physorg

A massive slab of rock lurking beneath the Kanto Plain on the central Japanese island of Honshu is a major source of the earthquake threat that dogs Tokyo, scientists said...

AP Investigation: Ike environmental toll apparent

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Hurricane Ike's winds and massive waves destroyed oil platforms, tossed storage tanks and punctured pipelines. The environmental damage only now is becoming apparent: At least a half...

Venus flytraps caught in shrinking natural habitat

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Laura Gadd pauses at the edge of a pristine savanna, delicately lifting her feet to avoid trampling any venus flytraps hidden underfoot.

Ancient Peru pyramid spotted by satellite

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

A new remote sensing technology has peeled away layers of mud and rock near Peru's Cahuachi desert to reveal an ancient adobe pyramid, Italian researchers announced on Friday at a...

Seas turn to acid as they soak up CO2

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Waters near Naples have seen plant and fish biodiversity drop by 30% due to 'ocean acidification'

Sunspots Are Fewest Since 1954, but Significance Is Unclear

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Scientists are not sure why sunspot activity is so minimal, and the episode is even playing into the global warming debate.

Scientist: Acid ocean hurts oysters

10 years ago from UPI

SYDNEY, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- An Australian marine biologist says the increasing acidity of seawater is making the country's most prized oyster less fertile.

Experts: Better plan needed for biofuels

10 years ago from UPI

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Oct. 4 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers said more research is needed to help the next generation of biofuels avoid the pitfalls of corn ethanol.

Turning Freshwater Farm Ponds Into Crab Farms

10 years ago from Science Daily

Biologist are working to grow and harvest blue crabs from freshwater ponds, instead of from the sea.

Identifying the dripping taps of climate change

10 years ago from News @ Nature

Seeking out the subtle effects of carbon dioxide can lead to some bizarre conclusions, says Philip Ball.

Ontario's chief coroner commits to new complaints system

10 years ago from CBC: Health

Ontario's chief coroner has said setting up a new complaints process at his office will be a top priority, following a recommendation from the Goudge report released this week.

Conservation group disputes Alberta's 'stable' grizzly bear numbers

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

The number of grizzly bears in southwest Alberta is holding firm, according to new figures released Friday, but a conservation group warns grizzlies "are in real trouble."

Vietnam finds tainted products from China

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Vietnam's health ministry has discovered the industrial chemical melamine in 18 food products imported from China and three other countries and has ordered them recalled and destroyed,...

Which grass is greener to power the bioenergy era?

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- Talk about a field of dreams. Cornell bioenergy plant experts are learning which field grasses are the best candidates for "dedicated energy" crops in the Northeast, considering the...

Hurricane leaves dirty water behind

10 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers said Hurricane Ike had a profound impact on Lake Michigan, more than 1,000 miles from where it made landfall.

Sunken WWII Sub Found

10 years ago from Live Science

Navy confirms wreckage found off Aleution Islands is sunken WWII sub.

Greens welcome new climate dept

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Green groups welcome the creation of a new energy and climate department in Gordon Brown's government reshuffle.

Similarity Of Urban Flora: Plants In Towns And Cities Are More Closely Related Than Those In The Countryside

10 years ago from Science Daily

More plant species grow in German towns and cities than in the countryside, but those in towns and cities are more closely related and are often functionally similar. This makes...

Reducing Work Commutes Not Easy In Some Cities, Study Suggests

10 years ago from Science Daily

Shorter work commutes are one way to reduce gasoline consumption, but a new study finds that not all cities are equal in how easy it would be to achieve that...

UK urged to fund climate project

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Industry calls on the UK government to invest more in Kopernikus, the world's biggest environmental monitoring project.

Story Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, October 2008

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

1) Burnt bacon could become a thing of the past with new cookware that uses a patented graphite foam developed at ORNL; 2) Radiation detection monitors at more than a...