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Photo: Europe Bans Bee-Harming Pesticides; US Keeps Spraying Europe Bans Bee-Harming Pesticides; US Keeps Spraying
Mother Jones - Fri May 3, 2013
On Monday, the European Commission voted to place a two-year moratorium on most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides, which are a widely used class of chemicals suspected of contributing to a severe global decline in honeybee health. More»

6 underground Hanford nuclear tanks leaking
Associated Press - Fri Feb 22, 2013
YAKIMA, Washington - Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the nation's most contaminated nuclear site are leaking, federal and state officials said Friday. More»

Photo: Subatomic calculations indicate finite lifespan for universe Subatomic calculations indicate finite lifespan for universe
Reuters - Tue Feb 19, 2013
BOSTON - Scientists are still sorting out the details of last year's discovery of the Higgs boson particle, but add up the numbers and it's not looking good for the future of the universe, scientists said Monday. More»

Photo: Mother's fish, mercury intake tied to kids' ADHD risk Mother's fish, mercury intake tied to kids' ADHD risk
Reuters - Tue Oct 9, 2012
Children's risk of developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later in life may be tied to how much fish their mothers ate while pregnant, according to a US study. More»

Photo: Buddhist statue found by Nazis made from meteorite Buddhist statue found by Nazis made from meteorite
Associated Press - Sun Sep 30, 2012
BERLIN - An ancient Buddhist statue that a Nazi expedition brought back from Tibet shortly before World War II was carved from a meteorite that crashed on Earth thousands of years ago. More»

Photo: Mysterious Louisiana Sinkhole Raises Concerns of Explosions and Radiation Mysterious Louisiana Sinkhole Raises Concerns of Explosions and Radiation
ABC - Tue Aug 14, 2012
A nearly 400-foot deep sinkhole in Louisiana has swallowed all of the trees in its area and enacted a mandatory evacuation order for about 150 residences for fear of potential radiation and explosions. More»

Photo: Higgs boson-like particle discovery claimed at LHC Higgs boson-like particle discovery claimed at LHC
BBC - Wed Jul 4, 2012
Cern scientists reporting from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson. More»

Photo: Scientists make blue strawberries by splicing them with fish genes Scientists make blue strawberries by splicing them with fish genes
Natural News Buzz - Tue Jun 19, 2012
Scientists are genetically modifying strawberries in order to allow them to resist freezing temperatures better. More»

Photo: The Moon's Peculiar Dust Gets More Peculiar Still The Moon's Peculiar Dust Gets More Peculiar Still
Time - Tue Jun 19, 2012
The moon has never had all that much: It doesn't have atmosphere, it doesn't have water and it sure doesn't have life. More»

Photo: Arctic Microbe Hunt Could Aid Search for Alien Life Arctic Microbe Hunt Could Aid Search for Alien Life
Space.com - Tue May 29, 2012
Microbes living at the edges of Arctic ice sheets could help researchers pinpoint evidence for similar microorganisms that may have evolved on Mars, Jupiter's moon Europa or Saturn's moon Enceladus, researchers say. More»

Photo: Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US
Associated Press - Tue May 29, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away - the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance. More»

Photo: 'Monolith' Object on Mars? You Could Call It That 'Monolith' Object on Mars? You Could Call It That
Live Science - Thu Apr 12, 2012
Amateur stargazers have discovered an intriguing object jutting out from the surface of Mars. More»

Photo: Richard Muller, Global Warming Skeptic, Now Agrees Climate Change Is Real Richard Muller, Global Warming Skeptic, Now Agrees Climate Change Is Real
Huffington Post - Sat Oct 29, 2011
WASHINGTON - A prominent physicist and skeptic of global warming spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. More»

Photo: Scientists: Particles appear to travel faster than light Scientists: Particles appear to travel faster than light
CNN - Thu Sep 22, 2011
Scientists in Switzerland say an experiment appears to show that tiny particles traveled faster than the speed of light - a result that would seem to defy the laws of nature. More»

Photo: 'God particle' goes missing: Higgs boson 'may not exist' say Hadron Collider scientists 'God particle' goes missing: Higgs boson 'may not exist' say Hadron Collider scientists
The Daily Mail - Wed Sep 14, 2011
Signals reported in July seemed to indicate that the Higgs boson - a long-theorised particle seen as a missing link in our current understanding of physics - might have been detected among data the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. More»

Photo: Journal editor resigns over problematic climate paper Journal editor resigns over problematic climate paper
BBC - Thu Sep 1, 2011
The editor of a science journal has resigned after admitting that a recent paper casting doubt on man-made climate change should not have been published. More»

Photo: Federal researchers declare eastern cougar extinct Federal researchers declare eastern cougar extinct
Associated Press - Tue Mar 1, 2011
The US Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday declared the eastern cougar to be extinct, confirming a widely held belief among wildlife biologists that native populations of the big cat were wiped out by man a century ago. More»

Photo: Einstein was right - honey bee collapse threatens global food security Einstein was right - honey bee collapse threatens global food security
Telegraph, UK - Sun Feb 6, 2011
The bee crisis has been treated as a niche concern until now, but as the UN's index of food prices hits an all time-high, it is becoming urgent to know whether the plight of the honey bee risks further exhausting our food security. More»

Photo: New Zealand earthquake rips a new fault line across the world New Zealand earthquake rips a new fault line across the world
The Daily Mail - Sat Sep 4, 2010
New Zealand's powerful earthquake that smashed buildings, cracked roads and twisted railway lines around Christchurch ripped a new 11ft wide fault line in the earth's surface, a geologist said today. More»

Photo: Human race 'must colonise space or face extinction', warns Stephen Hawking Human race 'must colonise space or face extinction', warns Stephen Hawking
The Daily Mail - Sun Aug 8, 2010
Stephen Hawking has warned that unless the human race colonises space within the next two centuries it will disappear forever. More»

Photo: Plankton, base of ocean food web, in big decline Plankton, base of ocean food web, in big decline
Associated Press - Thu Jul 29, 2010
WASHINGTON - Despite their tiny size, plant plankton found in the world's oceans are crucial to much of life on Earth. More»

Photo: Doomsday: How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a 'world-killing' event' Doomsday: How BP Gulf disaster may have triggered a 'world-killing' event'
Helium - Wed Jul 14, 2010
Ominous reports are leaking past the BP Gulf salvage operation news blackout that the disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico may be about to reach biblical proportions. More»

Photo: Plants 'can think and remember' Plants 'can think and remember'
BBC - Wed Jul 14, 2010
Plants are able to "remember" and "react" to information contained in light, according to researchers. More»

Photo: Leafy Green Coherence: Quantum Physics Fuels Photosynthesis Leafy Green Coherence: Quantum Physics Fuels Photosynthesis
Wired - Wed Jul 7, 2010
Not so long ago, quantum physics at room temperature was found mostly in classroom discussions or over science-geek cocktails. More»

Photo: Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking Don't talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking
Times Online, UK - Sat Apr 24, 2010
The aliens are out there and Earth had better watch out, at least according to Stephen Hawking. More»

Photo: World Oil Reserves at 'Tipping Point' World Oil Reserves at 'Tipping Point'
Science Daily - Sat Mar 27, 2010
The world's capacity to meet projected future oil demand is at a tipping point, according to research by the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University. More»

Disputed isle in Bay of Bengal disappears into sea
Associated Press - Tue Mar 23, 2010
NEW DELHI - For nearly 30 years, India and Bangladesh have argued over control of a tiny rock island in the Bay of Bengal. More»

Photo: Psychopaths' Brains Are Wired Differently Psychopaths' Brains Are Wired Differently
Science Daily - Sun Mar 14, 2010
The brains of psychopaths appear to be wired to keep seeking a reward at any cost, new research from Vanderbilt University finds. More»

Vermont Nuclear Plant Lies to Regulators about Radioactive Water
WPTZ-TV - Thu Jan 14, 2010
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Political leaders of every stripe sharply criticized executives at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant Friday over new revelations they have repeatedly misled regulators about key systems at the site. More»

Photo: Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Radioactive Longer Than Expected Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Radioactive Longer Than Expected
Wired - Thu Dec 17, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO - Chernobyl, the worst nuclear accident in history, created an inadvertent laboratory to study the impacts of radiation - and more than twenty years later, the site still holds surprises. More»

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