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Biological Selenium Removal: Solution To Pollution?

10 years ago from Science Daily

Unsafe levels of selenium, sometimes referred to as an "essential toxin," can be reduced by a microbiological treatment. With this method, microorganisms reduce selenate to the less-toxic elemental selenium, which...

Unusually hot temperatures slow plants' carbon uptake, scientists find

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Tall grasses exposed to an unusually warm year of weather lose some of their ability to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere the following year, according to a U.S. study...

Arctic Ice in "Death Spiral," Is Near Record Low

10 years ago from National Geographic

The sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean has shrunk to the second smallest area on record, despite 2008's "natural" summer conditions. The ice may disappear in the summer within a...

Fallow deer 'groans' attract female deer

10 years ago from UPI

NOTTINGHAM, England, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A British study has determined female fallow deer are attracted to the low timber and deep vibrations exhibited by dominant male deer

Small glaciers cause most ice loss

10 years ago from UPI

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've determined small glaciers, not large ones, account for most of Greenland's recent loss of ice caused by global...

A Cold Stare Can Make You Crave Some Heat

10 years ago from NY Times Science

Social iciness feels so cold to those on the receiving end that they will crave a hot drink, a new study has found.

Hurricane Ike's Last Minute Turn Dampens Blow

10 years ago from National Geographic

A late swerve by Hurricane Ike as it approached Texas Saturday spared Galveston from an expected 25-foot storm surge, meteorologists say. But Ike still delivered a punishing hit.

New Geomorphological Index Created For Studying Active Tectonics Of Mountains

10 years ago from Science Daily

To build a hospital, nuclear power station or a large dam you need to know the possible earthquake risks of the terrain. Now, researchers from the Universities of Granada and...

Better hams with space technology

10 years ago from Physorg

Space technology is now being used to help Spanish ham experts ensure that hams awarded the highly prized ‘jamon` label are worthy of the name. Technology used to measure the...

Saltwater Solution To Save Crops

10 years ago from Science Daily

Technology under development could offer new hope to farmers in drought-affected and marginal areas by enabling crops to grow using salty groundwater.

Scientists Point To Forests For Carbon Storage Solutions

10 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists who have determined how much carbon is stored annually in upper Midwest forests hope their findings will be used to accelerate global discussion about the strategy of managing forests...

Automated System Provides Early Warning Of Natural Disasters

10 years ago from Science Daily

When disaster threatens, the first hours are crucial. Researchers have developed an automated system to provide early detection, forecasting, and warning of natural disasters such as floods and wildfires.

Crop management strategies key to a healthy Gulf, planet

10 years ago from Biology News Net

Improved management of crops and perennials could go a long way toward alleviating the problem of hypoxia, which claims thousands of fish, shrimp and shellfish in the Gulf of Mexico...

Scientists dismiss whale poop reports

10 years ago from UPI

HAMPTON, Va., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A scientist says reports of so-called whale poop along Chesapeake Bay in Virginia were actually potato sponges washing ashore.

Grenada blames slow nutmeg production on male tree

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- The world's second-largest nutmeg industry is rebounding very slowly from a 2004 hurricane because Grenadian farmers unknowingly planted too many male trees, which do not produce as...

U.S. Makes 1st Antarctic Night Landing

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

A U.S. Air Force pilot has landed a plane in Antarctica in the dark for the first time using night-vision goggles, a feat that could lead to more supply flights...

Report: Greenland seeks to kill humpbacks

10 years ago from UPI

NUUK, Greenland, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Greenland wants to remove its whale hunt from the jurisdiction of the International Whaling Commission, documents obtained by the BBC show.

Group: Global warming could cost Ohio its buckeyes

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- It's not the best-researched global-warming theory, but it could be the most horrifying to certain fans of college football: Environmentalists said Friday that climate change might push the...

Deep pit aimed at saving beaches

10 years ago from UPI

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Officials in Florida's Broward County want to blast a 7-acre sand hole into the ocean floor to help save the county's...

Ike Underscores Foolishness of Building on Barrier Islands

10 years ago from Live Science

Barrier islands, some of the most dynamic landforms on Earth, are particularly vulnerable to storms.

Spooky Hurricane Science

10 years ago from Science @ NASA

To improve hurricane forecasting, NASA engineers are spending time in a spooky room where 'no one can hear you scream.'

Potentially toxic algae blooms hit Interior B.C. lakes

10 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

Some residents in B.C.'s Central Interior are being told to avoid drinking or bathing in their tap water following an outbreak of potentially toxic algae blooms.

Two Congressmen Honored with USGS Coalition Leadership Award

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Representatives Norman Dicks (D-WA) and Ralph Regula (R-OH) will be presented with the first USGS Coalition Leadership Award on Monday evening, September 15, 2008. The USGS Coalition is an alliance...

Permafrost carbon content double the old estimates

10 years ago from Physorg

New research indicates that the amount of frozen organic carbon locked away in the world`s permafrost regions - a major potential source of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane...

Record breaking underwater camera to be showcased to public

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A revolutionary underwater camera, which has plunged to record breaking depths below the surface of the North Sea, will be showcased to members of the public at a...

Climate change could devastate Philippines: NASA scientist

10 years ago from Physorg

Climate change could have a devastating impact on the Philippines, leading to widespread destruction of the country's flora and fauna and flooding the capital Manila, a NASA scientist warned here...

The perfect surfactant

10 years ago from Chemistry World

Water droplets can be used as microvessels for biological assays thanks to a new surfactant developed by scientists in Europe and the US

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Phantom Fighters, Deadly Floods, More

10 years ago from National Geographic

A bear-bones attraction, a frozen fighter jet, the new September 11 memorial, and more are featured in our picks of the week's news photos.