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Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2004

...en-based economy. Of more immediate concern is the hazard these deposits pose to gas and oil drilling operations in deep marine and onshore Arctic settings. Gas kicks, blowouts and fires result when workers penetrate pockets of gas hydrates. Another concern is the effect discharge of methane might have on g...

Two billion vulnerable to floods by 2050; number expected to double or more in two generations

...te the situation. The greatest potential flood hazard is in Asia. Every year for the past two decades, more than 400 million people on average have been directly exposed to a flood. Between 1987 and 1997, 44% of all flood disasters worldwide affected Asia, claiming 228,000 lives (roughly 93% of all fl...

Only half of recalled meat and poultry is recovered, study finds

...ost serious, to Class III), as well as the type of hazard -- biological, physical or chemical. They also considered whether the product came from a large, small or very small plant. They found that during this five-year period, 74 percent of the recalls were classified as Class I, the most serious threat to...

Better techniques needed to predict earthquake hazards, UC study finds

...found wide discrepancies between their own seismic hazard estimates for the three campuses and those produce...s in the current state of the practice for seismic hazard assessment," said Ralph Archuleta, professor of seismology at UCSB, "is that we have very little dat...

Researchers probe link between nanotechnology and health

...ngs that are unimaginably small, may pose a health hazard and should be investigated further, warns a University of Rochester scientist and worldwide expert in the field, who received a $5.5 million grant to conduct such research. Gnter Oberdrster, Ph.D., professor of Toxicology in Environmental Medicine a...

Purdue scientists: To stop cancer, keep your Icmt away from your Ras

...ion, it does its job incorrectly, and it becomes a hazard to the body. Our work with Icmt might lead to therapies that could stop errant Ras from causing tumors to progress." The research was conducted by an interdisciplinary team from two Purdue departments. Co-directing the team are Christine A. Hrycyn...

Mathematical rule said to be widely and wrongly used to forecast future beach erosion

...f the research journal Science . "Models can be a hazard to society, and this is certainly an example of such," wrote Orrin Pilkey of Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, and J. Andrew Cooper of the Coastal Research Group at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland,...

Challenging shrubland fire management

...torical fire patterns and quantitative measures of hazard therefore refute the common assumption that fire p...a Ynez Mountains, showed a marked increase in fire hazard as the fuel, the plants, grew older. These results may be due to regional differences. Despite foeh...

From neighborhoods to globe, NASA looks at land

...ricultural forecasting, water resource management, hazard mitigation and more. The LIS uses several land surface models, which are typically run on computerscapable of billions of calculations per second. These models contain precipitation and radiation observations, near-real time meteorological informati...

Diet may improve cognition, slow aging, and help protect against cosmic radiation

...cles facing a future manned mission to Mars is the hazard that an extended, three-years-long space flight poses to the human nervous system. Highly radioactive, subatomic particles known as cosmic rays can cause severe damage to an astronaut's brain and central nervous system. To see if antioxidants might p...

World's most alkaline life forms found near Chicago

...is currently a mystery, says Roadcap. "I'd hate to hazard a guess," he said, regarding their origins. One possibility is that local bacteria adapted to the extreme environment over the last century. Another possibility is that they somehow got imported. As for whether the unexpected microbial community has...

Science Picksleads, feeds and story seeds (July 2003)

...ern shoreline of the Gulf of Alaska. The greatest hazard posed by eruptions is airborne ash.. Volcanic ash consists of tiny jagged particles of rocks, minerals and natural glass; it is abrasive, mildly corrosive, and conducts electricity when wet. And because of the size and frequency of their eruptions, A...

Lead-based paint is poisoning albatross chicks at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge

...d paint from deteriorating buildings still poses a hazard to wildlife on Midway Atoll, despite extensive environmental remediation efforts undertaken as part of the conversion of the site from a military base to a national wildlife refuge. A new study by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cr...

July 4 fireworks: Why they're brighter than ever

...e possibility of injuries isn't the only potential hazard associated with fireworks, Conkling says. Perchlorates, the salts of strong oxidizers used to create vivid colors in the fireworks, may be contributing to environmental problems at manufacturing and disposal sites. However, he adds, when ignited dur...

Science Picks--Leads, Feeds and Story Seeds (April 2003)

...kes in the past 11,000 years raising the expected hazard for the City of Angels significantly higher than previously thought. And while it might seem a rare occurrence, a large earthquake every 2,000 years is relatively frequent at least geologically speaking. In the 1970's when many buildings were buil...

January GEOLOGY and GSA TODAY media highlights

...fshore Portugal (36N38N): Implications for seismic hazard assessment along the southwest Iberian Margin. Eu... and may pose a significant earthquake and tsunami hazard to the coasts of Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. Life after snowball: The oldest complex Ediacaran fo...

Science picksLeads, feeds and story seeds (December 2002)

...have just revised and updated the national seismic hazard maps that provide information essential to seismic...d is high; blue is low) as to the level of seismic hazard are now available at http://geohazards.cr.usgs.gov/eq/ . In the upcoming weeks, other features pr...

$3.2 million project to document dioxin levels in Houston ship channel

...xins are a potential environmental pollutant and a hazard to human health," says Dr. Donald A. Fox, a professor in the UH College of Optometry with a Ph.D. in environmental toxicology. Fox, an active member of the Society of Toxicology and an expert in developmental toxicology and neurotoxicology, notes th...

Cell phones don't cause cancer, rat study finds

...om the work so far," says Roti Roti, "the greatest hazard with cell-phones is driving a car while talking on one."...

Sea Grant news: Shipworms, ozone, hurricanes

...wind-risk assessments and recommend cost-effective hazard retrofitting for each house. Homeowners will then choose the best-fit improvements for their home and have them installed by local builders, with costs paid by product manufacturers and industrial partners. The results of the study should give buil...

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