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Highest-resolution observations reveal complexity of 2012 Sumatra earthquake

July 19, 2012 2:25 pm | by Kimm Fesenmaier | News | Comments

The powerful magnitude-8.6 earthquake that shook Sumatra on April 11, 2012, was a seismic standout for many reasons, not the least of which is that it was larger than scientists thought an earthquake of its type could ever be. Now, researchers from the California Institute of Technology report on their findings from the first high-resolution observations of the underwater temblor, they point out that the earthquake was also unusually complex

Funding cut imperils undersea lab off Fla. Keys

July 19, 2012 1:40 pm | by JENNIFER KAY - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

IN THE OCEAN OFF KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Ocean explorer Sylvia Earle sported one Rolex dive watch on each wrist as she slipped beneath the balmy waters of the Florida Keys for a weeklong stay at an undersea research lab where marine biologists have kept constant watch on a coral reef.In 1970, Rolex...

Long Island Capital Alliance Announces Cyber Security Capital Forum in Partnership With LISTnet and LIFT

July 19, 2012 7:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Long Island Capital Alliance ("LICA"), the leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization serving regional companies, today announced that it will be holding a Cyber Security Capital Forum on September 14. The capital forum will be held in partnership with the...

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New carbon accounting method to reduce nitrogen fertilizer use

July 18, 2012 7:27 pm | News | Comments

In 2011, corn was planted on more than 92 million acres in the U.S. Because corn is a nitrogen-loving plant, farmers must use synthetic nitrogen fertilizer to their fields every year to achieve their crop target. However, nitrogen is hard to contain and can negatively affect the environment. Researchers have come up with a solution, however, and it’s tied to the relationship between nitrates and nitrous oxide emissions.

Researchers find tobacco protein enhances crop immune systems

July 18, 2012 3:52 pm | by ResearchSEA | News | Comments

A study led by Associate Prof. Kenji Nakahara at Hokkaido University in Japan has found?a component in tobacco that makes crop immune systems more resistant to viral attacks.

Battelle Wins $102M NIAID Biodefense Research Contract

July 18, 2012 6:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Battelle has won a single-source award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health for evaluation and testing services for vaccines and other biologics for infectious diseases. The work, worth as much as $102.5 million for 10 years, will be...

Researchers calculate global health impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

July 18, 2012 3:50 am | by Max McClure, Stanford University | News | Comments

In the first detailed analysis of the Fukushima nuclear diaster's global health effects, Stanford University researchers estimate the number of deaths and cases of cancer worldwide resulting from the release of radiation.

Douglas Elected to Battelle's Board of Directors

July 17, 2012 10:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Battelle, the world's leading independent scientific research and technology development organization, today announced the immediate election of noted scientist and business leader Frank L. Douglas, Ph.D., M.D., to its Board of Directors, which comprises some of the nation's...

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Generation X is surprisingly unconcerned about climate change

July 17, 2012 6:08 am | News | Comments

As the nation suffers through a summer of record-shattering heat, a University of Michigan report finds that Generation X is lukewarm about climate change—uninformed about the causes and unconcerned about the potential dangers.

Vt. woman loses health, home to post-Irene mold

July 16, 2012 6:40 am | by DAVE GRAM - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

It was bad enough when Tropical Storm Irene sent the Dog River in Vermont spilling over its banks, filling Chandar Hall's basement, destroying the stairs and back door, toppling her oil tank and destroying thousands of dollars' worth of stored books and clothing.But since the storm more than 10...

Stroz Friedberg Unveils New Chicago Office and Leadership

July 16, 2012 4:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stroz Friedberg LLC, a global digital risk management and investigations firm, announced the opening of a new office in Chicago; expanding the firm's global presence to 10 locations. David Glockner, former Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office (USAO), Northern District of...

Caution needed with new greenhouse gas emission standards

July 16, 2012 3:50 am | News | Comments

Policy makers need to be cautious in setting new 'low-carbon' standards for greenhouse gas emissions for oil sands-derived fuels as well as fuels from conventional crude oils University of Calgary and University of Toronto researchers say. The researchers, using for the first time confidential data from actual oil sands operations, did a 'well-to-wheel' lifecycle analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels produced by Alberta oil sands operations compared with conventional crude oils.

Federal panel supports Kansas biosecurity lab project

July 15, 2012 2:20 pm | by John Milburn, Associated Press | News | Comments

A government-backed committee of the National Research Council issued a report Friday saying the United States would have adequate biosecurity protections even if plans for a proposed $1.14 billion lab in Kansas are scaled back.

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Lankford hosts congressional hearing in Okla.

July 13, 2012 2:41 pm | by SEAN MURPHY - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulations on the oil and gas industry, particularly for hydraulic fracturing, are slowing a potential nationwide economic boom and keeping the country from gaining greater energy independence, Oklahoma producers told congressional leaders on Friday.Several officials with ties to the...

Nuclear weapons' surprising contribution to climate science

July 13, 2012 8:47 am | News | Comments

Nuclear weapons testing may at first glance appear to have little connection with climate change research. But key Cold War research laboratories and the science used to track radioactivity and model nuclear bomb blasts have today been repurposed by climate scientists.

Can fracking pollute water? Study tries to answer

July 13, 2012 3:51 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

A drilling company in southwestern Pennsylvania has given researchers at National Energy Technology Laboratory access to a commercial drilling site, a move that may provide some of the first solid answers to a controversial question: Can gas drilling fluids migrate and pose a threat to drinking water?

Technique helps forecasters see past clouds

July 11, 2012 3:50 am | by Gary Galluzzo | News | Comments

Until now, scientists who study air pollution using satellite imagery have been limited by weather. Clouds, in particular, provide much less information than a sunny day. A new method has been developd to help satellites "see" through the clouds and better estimate the concentration of pollutants, such as soot.

Study: Natural gas “much-needed tool” in climate battle

July 10, 2012 2:54 pm | News | Comments

The conclusion of a new study by Cornell University Professor Lawrence M. Cathles shows that, no matter the timeframe considered, substituting natural gas energy for all coal and some oil production provides about 40% of the global warming benefit that a complete switch to low-carbon sources would deliver. And, it would be a far quicker option than going to sources like nuclear or solar.

U.S. scientist: Ocean acidity major threat to reefs

July 10, 2012 3:52 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

On Monday, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that oceans' rising acid levels have emerged as one of the biggest threats to coral reefs. Acid acts as the "osteoporosis of the sea,” he said, and threatens everything from food security to tourism to livelihoods.

Scientists discover trigger for immense Atlantic plankton bloom

July 9, 2012 6:58 am | News | Comments

In what's known as the North Atlantic Bloom, an immense number of phytoplankton burst into color, first "greening" then "whitening" the sea as one species follows another. According to recent research, whirlpools, or eddies, swirl across the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean,  sustaining phytoplankton and acting as a biological pump. An important question is how this might change in the future.

More public schools splitting up boys, girls

July 8, 2012 10:40 am | by HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Robin Gilbert didn't set out to confront gender stereotypes when she split up the boys and girls at her elementary school in rural southwestern Idaho.But that's exactly what happened, with her Middleton Heights Elementary now among dozens of public schools nationwide being targeted by the...

NASA satellites examine powerful summer derecho

July 6, 2012 8:21 am | News | Comments

As a powerful summertime storm, known as a derecho, moved from Illinois to the Mid-Atlantic states on June 29, expanding and bringing high levels of destruction with it, NASA and other satellites provided a look at various factors involved in the event, its progression and its aftermath.

See, feel, hear and control your environment, virtually

July 4, 2012 4:02 pm | by ResearchSEA | News | Comments

A*STAR scientists transform vast amounts of data into applications and systems that are able to analyse crowd behaviour, allow remote energy management or even tell where some of the windiest spots in the city centre are.

Stunning images of Earth from SHIZUKU satellite

July 4, 2012 4:01 pm | by ResearchSEA | News | Comments

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released some observation images on the Earth acquired by the Global Change Observation Mission 1st ? Water ?SHIZUKU? (GCOM-W1).

New tests revive debate over Arafat death

July 4, 2012 12:41 pm | by JOSEF FEDERMAN - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The discovery of traces of a radioactive agent on clothing reportedly worn by Yasser Arafat in his final days reignited a cauldron of conspiracy theories Wednesday about the mysterious death of the longtime Palestinian leader.Arafat's widow, who ordered the tests by a Swiss lab, called for her...

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