Category: Science

Yet Another Chevron Oil Pipeline Spills, Killing Native Wildlife

On March 5, a damaged pipeline of Chevron Corporation leaked 4,800 gallons of oil into an intermittent stream, killing several animals. A Chevron consultant first spotted the broken pipeline on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land near the town of Rangely in northwestern Colorado. Immediately following the incident, the pipeline was shut down, and remnants of oil saturated the dried ravine and engulfed the surrounding wildlife habitat. The oil traveled two miles downstream before being blocked by a preventative dam, which captured the spillage and stopped further damage. Several mice and two small birds were found dead at the...

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This New Sponge Can Actually Clean Up Oil Spills

Oil spills are catastrophic events, wreaking havoc on the environment and putting marine ecosystems in peril by killing plants and animals at every step in the food chain. Even animals lucky enough to survive being smothered by oil can have long-lasting health effects, and some habitats may never fully recover. It goes without saying that oil spill clean-up efforts are of emergency level importance, and require round-the-clock recovery efforts by professionals. Luckily for them, they just got a new tool to use in their artillery against these man-made disasters. A sponge. Ok, it’s not just a sponge. It is...

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Study Finds Fracking Caused 6,600 Oil Spills in Only Four States

Fracking is causing more toxic, chemical-laden water to spill into our earth than previously estimated by the EPA, a new study found. The study, which was conducted from 2004-2015 by researchers from Duke University, looked at the frequency and size of oil and gas spills in four states—Colorado, New Mexico, North Dakota and Pennsylvania—and found that fracking caused 6,647 spills in 10 years. The researchers created an interactive map to plot the spills. North Dakota had the most spills (4,453 incidents), followed by Pennsylvania (1,293 incidents), Colorado (475 incidents), and New Mexico (426 incidents). “Given the rapid recent development of...

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“No-kill” Meat is Getting Cheaper – and Could be Coming to Stores Soon

Who says you have to kill animals to eat meat? Researchers have started growing meat from stem cells in an attempt to meet growing demand. If you’re interested, you won’t have to wait long. A Dutch team grew the first burger in 2013 and the “no-kill” meat may be available in stores as early as 2020. That first burger cost a pretty penny – over $300,000. Since then, however, several biotechnology startups have entered the market and improved the process, lowering costs. Now, the same quarter pounder would only cost about $11, or $40 for a pound, according to Next Big Future. “There is...

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Human ‘Stuff’ Weighs 60,000 Times More than Actual Humans

Human-made stuff on Earth is now estimated to be more than 60,000 times as heavy as actual humans. This human-made “technosphere” is made up of anything and everything humans produce—from buildings & iPhones to the impressive amount of trash people make. According to a recent report published in the Anthropocene Review, the technosphere weighs 30 trillion tons. It is more diverse than our planet’s actual biosphere. And if divided across the Earth, there would be a mass of more than 50 kilos of it for every square meter of the Earth’s surface. There are over six billion people living...

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Study – Americans Think They Eat Right, but Nearly all Are Nutrient Deprived

Americans might think they have healthy eating patterns, but a new study by ORC International, on behalf of supplement producer MegaFood, disproves this perception. According to the study, 62% of Americans fail to eat the minimum recommended amount of fruits and vegetables daily — and according to another survey by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 30 million Americans fail to meet the required intake of B vitamins. The Government Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion confirms these findings. The majority of Americans do not eat enough produce, calcium-rich food or whole grains, but do eat excessive amounts...

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This Group is Turning Scientists into Politicians to Combat Trump Agenda

Donald Trump has become the 45th president. For many, it’s difficult to stomach. Over the course of the presidential primaries and after the election, Americans saw a darker side of society. While all of the controversies, name calling, and starkly contrasting views may leave some wondering what to believe, groups like 314 Action remind us that we can’t lose sight of the hard facts. The recently formed non-profit, which gets its name from the commonly reoccurring ratio Pi, or 3.14, strives to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in the states, advocate for scientifically driven policy, and encourage people...

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#DataRefuge – Scientists Race to Save Climate Research Fearing Trump Will Delete It

In fear of an administration that could dismantle gains made to combat climate change, efforts are underway to preserve climate data stored by the federal government. Scientists and volunteers have begun a frantic move to archive this data before Donald Trump takes office. It was a tweet from “climate hawk” Eric Holthaus that started the movement.   Scientists: Do you have a US .gov climate database that you don’t want to see disappear? Add it here:https://t.co/IEN8OUc4Tr Please share — Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) December 11, 2016 Hundreds have answered his call. Decades of climate data on weather patterns, forest fires, carbon...

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