The Obama administration is proposing a record fine for thousands of water pollution violations by coal mine operators in five Appalachian states.
River networks are not as static as they may appear, shifting and moving across a landscape over millions of years. Now, researchers have developed a mapping technique that measures how much a river network is changing, and in what direction it may be moving.
Researchers have developed two inexpensive adapters that enable a smartphone to capture high-quality images of the front and back of the eye. The adapters make it easy for anyone with minimal training to take a picture of the eye and share it securely with other health practitioners or store it in the patient’s electronic record.
Mussels can cause serious poisoning. Current toxicity checks cost $2,000 and take a week. But, a new method can provide an answer within a few hours and can cost as little as $35.
Scientists who study past pandemics, such as the 14th century Black Death that devastated much of Europe, might soon be turning to an innovative biological detection technology for some extra help.
A small filter the size of a contact lens could possibly make life easier for some of the estimated 500 million people worldwide who suffer from itching, sneezing and a runny nose as soon as the pollen season starts.
The radiation sensors were triggered, and the exhaust dampers slammed shut, at the federal government's only underground nuclear waste dump three weeks ago. Residents and officials voiced frustration at a town hall this week, saying the DOE and managers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant are leaving them in the dark about what's happening at the repository.
Flawed but colorful diamonds are among the most sensitive detectors of magnetic fields known today, allowing physicists to explore the minuscule magnetic fields in metals, exotic materials and even human tissue.
Using an inexpensive inkjet printer, electrical engineers produced microscopic structures that use light in metals to carry information. This new technique could be used to rapidly fabricate superfast components in electronic devices, make wireless technology faster or print magnetic materials.
Breast cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are twice as likely to survive the disease as women with low levels of this nutrient.
Scientists have identified a process in the Earth’s magnetosphere that reinforces its shielding effect, keeping incoming solar energy at bay.
Light can trigger coordinated, wavelike motions of atoms in atom-thin layers of crystal, scientists have shown. The waves, called phonon polaritons, are far shorter than light waves and can be "tuned" to particular frequencies and amplitudes by varying the number of layers of crystal.
A randomized placebo-controlled study suggests that higher levels of omega-3 DHA, the group of long-chain fatty acids found in algae and seafood, are associated with better sleep.
Researchers have developed a new technique that uses existing technology to allow researchers and natural resource managers to collect significantly more information on water quality to better inform policy decisions.
If fracking is to be a viable option for energy production, the industry must find a way to deal with the naturally occurring radioactive materials that are released in water as a byproduct of the process.
New models indicate how much added moisture would be needed for farming in a given area versus historical data to achieve various crop yields. These could aid in making expensive infrastructure investments by helping to determine their economic viability.