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Fracking flowback could pollute groundwater with heavy metals

The chemical makeup of wastewater generated by “hydrofracking” could cause the release of tiny particles in soils that often strongly bind heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating the environmental risks during accidental spills, Cornell University research

June 26, 2014

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How to eliminate the major tornado threat in Tornado Alley

The annually recurring devastating tornado attacks in US Tornado Alley raise an important question: Can we eliminate the major tornado threat in Tornado Alley? Some people may claim that such a question is beyond imagination as people are powerless in facing violent tor

June 24, 2014

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Study finds association between maternal exposure to agricultural pesticides

Pregnant women who lived in close proximity to fields and farms where chemical pesticides were applied experienced a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delay, a study by researchers with the UC Davis MIND Ins

June 23, 2014

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Earth's magnetic field showing signs of significant weakening

​The first set of high-resolution results from ESA’s three-satellite Swarm constellation reveals the most recent changes in the magnetic field that protects us from cosmic radiation and charged particles that bombard Earth. Magnetic field is in a permanent...

June 19, 2014

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Study finds evidence for CDC cover-up of link between autism and mercury in vaccines

A new study finds the CDC may have covered up the clear and present danger associated with mercury in vaccines.A controversial new study published in Biomed Research International titled, "Methodological Issues and Evidence of Malfeasance in Research

June 18, 2014

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Solar photons drive water off the moon

Research provides measurements for scientists searching for water in solar systemWater is thought to be embedded in the moon’s rocks or, if cold enough, “stuck” on their surfaces. It’s predominantly found at the poles. But scientists probably

June 17, 2014

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Cracks in Pluto's moon could indicate it once had an underground ocean

If the icy surface of Pluto's giant moon Charon is cracked, analysis of the fractures could reveal if its interior was warm, perhaps warm enough to have maintained a subterranean ocean of liquid water, according to a new NASA-funded study.Pluto is an extremely dista

June 14, 2014

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New evidence for oceans of water deep in the Earth

Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico report evidence for potentially oceans worth of water deep beneath the United States. Though not in the familiar liquid form -- the ingredients for water are bound up in rock deep in the Earth&rsq

June 14, 2014

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New research finds evidence of catastrophic collision of the proto-Earth with a Mars-sized body

According to the prevailing hypothesis, a Mars-sized body known as Theia smashed into Earth billions of years ago. Earth survived this giant impact but the fragments from the crash gradually coalesced into the Moon that we see today.When scientists first looked at

June 07, 2014

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Study finds Earth’s first mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions

A new research from Curtin University has shown that ancient volcanic eruptions in Australia some 510 million years ago significantly affected the climate, causing the first known mass extinction in the history of complex life.Associate Professo

June 04, 2014

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Geologic evidence of past tsunamis in California

An extensive sedimentary deposit formed by a tsunami in 1946 was recently discovered at Pillar Point Marsh near Half Moon Bay, California. While there were photos and eyewitness accounts of the tsunami and resulting damage at the time, finding the tangible evidence in t

May 21, 2014

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Intense tropical cyclones shifting poleward since 1980

Researchers find that the average latitude where tropical cyclones achieve maximum intensity has been shifting poleward since 1980.Over the past 30 years, the location where tropical cyclones reach maximum intensity has been shifting toward the poles in both the norther

May 15, 2014

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High-speed solar winds increase lightning strikes on Earth

Scientists have discovered new evidence to suggest that lightning on Earth is triggered not only by cosmic rays from space, but also by energetic particles from the Sun.University of Reading researchers found a link between increased thunderstorm activity on Earth and s

May 15, 2014

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Diamond planets more common than thought

Carbon-rich planets may be more common than previously thought, according to a new research by Yale University astronomers.Some of these planets, all located far beyond Earth's solar system, could contain vast deposits of graphite or diamonds, and their apparent abu

May 14, 2014

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Whales hear us more than we realize

Killer whales and other marine mammals likely hear sonar signals more than we've known. That's because commercially available sonar systems, which are designed to create signals beyond the range of hearing of such animals, also emit signals known to be with

May 09, 2014

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Sprites form at plasma irregularities in the lower ionosphere

Atmospheric sprites have been known for nearly a century, but their origins were a mystery. Now, a team of researchers has evidence that sprites form at plasma irregularities and may be useful in remote sensing of the lower ionosphere."We are trying to understand t

May 09, 2014

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Are we ready for contact with extraterrestrial intelligence?

The SETI project scientists are known for tracking possible extraterrestrial signals, but now they are also considering sending messages from Earth telling of our position. A researcher from the University of Cádiz (Spain) questions this idea in view of the resul

May 07, 2014