Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant. The EPA and the U.S. DOJ announced the agreement involving the biotechnology company's Soda Springs facilities.
A hundred wood bison that will be the foundation for the first wild herd on U.S. soil in more...
What do butterflies, spiders and lobsters have in common? They are all surviving relatives of a...
On March 27, 1964, at 5:36 PM AST the most powerful recorded megathrust earthquake in North American history occurred. Falling on Good Friday, it lasted for four minutes and 38 seconds and had a moment magnitude of 9.2, making it the third strongest earthquake in recorded history.
A new study has revealed that the thickness of Antarctica’s floating ice shelves has recently decreased by as much as 18 percent in certain areas over nearly two decades, providing new insights on how the Antarctic ice sheet is responding to climate change.
The official global target of a 2 C temperature rise is “utterly inadequate” for protecting those at most risk from climate change, says a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, writing a commentary in the open access journal Climate Change Responses. The commentary presents a rare inside-view of a two-day discussion at the Lima Conference of the Parties.
It’s believed that wolves once roamed the southeastern U.S. before they were eliminated by overhunting and habitat loss. Now, the region has a new top dog, the coyote, which may fill the role once played by wolves.
How did the chicken cross the sea? No, that’s not a joke. A team has studied the mysterious ancestry of the feral chicken population that has overrun the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Their results may aid efforts to curtail the damage of invasive species in the future, and help improve the biosecurity of domestic chicken breeds.
Scientists have looked at the effect of low levels of manganese, a common industrial pollutant, on the behavior of honey bees. At levels considered safe for human food, the metal seemed to addle bees. The bees advanced through age-related work assignments faster than normal, yet completed fewer foraging trips than their sisters who were not exposed to manganese.
Water-borne algal blooms from farm fertilizer runoff can destroy aquatic life and clog rivers and lakes, but scientists are working on a way to clean up these environmental scourges and turn them into useful products. The algae could serve as a feedstock for biofuels, and the feedstock leftovers could be recycled back into farm soil nutrients.
The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge by industry groups and Republican-led states that want to roll back Obama administration environmental rules aimed at reducing power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.
Two separate studies have found that air pollution is linked to a higher risk of stroke, particularly in developing countries, and is associated with anxiety. Stroke is a leading cause of death and kills around 5 million people each year worldwide. Anxiety is the most common psychiatric disorder and globally affects around 16 percent of people at some point in life.
Chronic erosion dominates the sandy beaches of Hawaii, causing beach loss as it damages homes, infrastructure and critical habitat. Scientists have long understood that global sea level rise will affect the rate of coastal erosion. New research brings into clearer focus just how dramatically Hawaii beaches might change as sea level rises in the future.
Natural gas that is leaked into the atmosphere could speed global warming and climate change. Now, researchers are presenting new and different techniques to make atmospheric observations that are being used to locate, quantify and attribute sources of leaked methane emissions.
Kansas farmers are paying for genetic research to figure out exactly why some people struggle to digest wheat. The hard science is aimed at developing new varieties of wheat at a time when the gluten-free industry is worth nearly a billion dollars a year in the U.S. alone.
A frog in Ecuador's western Andean cloud forest changes skin texture in minutes, appearing to mimic the texture it sits on. The amphibian is believed to be the first known to have this shape-shifting capability.
Squid are the ultimate camouflage artists, blending almost flawlessly with their backgrounds so that unsuspecting prey can't detect them. Using a protein that's key to this process, scientists have designed "invisibility stickers" that could one day help soldiers disguise themselves, even when sought by enemies with tough-to-fool infrared cameras.
Strange creatures live in the deep sea, but few are odder than archaea, primitive single-celled microorganisms that go to great lengths to survive the most extreme environments on the planet. Now, scientists discovered something odder: a virus that seemingly infects methane-eating archaea living beneath the ocean’s floor. Stranger still, this virus selectively targets one of its own genes for mutation and, moreover, some archaea do too.
By crushing minerals between diamonds, a study has suggested the existence of an unknown layer inside Earth: part of the lower mantle where the rock gets three times stiffer. The discovery may explain a mystery: why slabs of Earth's sinking tectonic plates sometimes stall and thicken 930 miles underground.
Twenty-five years ago it was a military zone where occupying Soviet troops held exercises. Today it's a sanctuary inhabited by wild animals that scientists hope will improve biodiversity among local plants as well as save endangered species. A herd of 14 wild mares from Britain's Exmoor National Park were moved in January to the former Milovice military base, 22 miles northeast of Prague, the Czech capital.
The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs. A research arm of WHO has reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a result of convincing evidence the chemical produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.
Construction crews may someday use a plant molecule called lignin in their asphalt and sealant mixtures to help roads and roofs hold up better under various weather conditions. It also could make them more environmentally friendly.
Earlier this month, I wrote an editorial based on the release of a study that revealed stark differences between the general public and scientists on science-related issues. It received a lot of attention, garnering comments and sparking debate. Here are a few of the best comments and reaction to them.
African cattle infected with a lethal parasite that kills one million cows per year are less likely to die when co-infected with the parasite's milder cousin, according to a new study. The find suggests that "fighting fire with fire" is a strategy that might work against a range of parasitic diseases.
Recycling plastic works; additives to biodegrade plastic do not. A new study has shown that several additives that claim to break down polyethylene and polyethylene terephthalate simply don’t work in common disposal situations such as landfills or composting.
A new international study casts doubt on the leading theory of what causes ice ages around the world— changes in the way the Earth orbits the sun. The researchers found that glacier movement in the Southern Hemisphere is influenced primarily by sea surface temperature and atmospheric carbon dioxide rather than changes in the Earth's orbit, which are thought to drive the advance and retreat of ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere.
A team of researchers has shown that a short nap lasting about an hour can significantly improve memory performance. The study examined memory recall in 41 participants. The volunteers had to learn single words and word pairs. Once the learning phase was over, the participants were tested to determine how much information they could remember.
Lava tubes large enough to house cities could be structurally stable on the moon, according to a theoretical study. The volcanic features are an important target for future human space exploration because they could provide shelter from cosmic radiation, meteorite impacts and temperature extremes.
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