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  • Biotech cooks up new, healthier servings of wheat

      Enjoying a good meal with fresh bread and pasta is something most of us enjoy, and it could become a bit more healthy now that scientists have recently cloned a gene from wild wheat they say can boost the nutritional value of these foods significantly.  This according to the Planet Ark website, which reports […]

  • A chilling tale of illegal Arctic fishing

    Illegal fishing has long concerned wildlife officials, and nowhere more so than in the icy waters of the Arctic Ocean which is home to 70 percent of the world’s white fish supply and the last large cod stock now found in the Barents Sea.  Just how bad is the problem?  Well according to Norwegian government […]

  • Two studies light up concern over fluorescents

      The use of those spiral, energy efficient bulbs known as compact fluorescent lights has grown in recent years. But as their use has increased, so too have concerns clicked on over their risk of causing mercury poisoning when they shatter. Now comes two new studies adding to that alarm.  The first is by the […]

  • Of bats and wind turbines

    As an increasing number of states are demanding more use of renewable energy, conservationists are beginning to take a closer look at how this is impacting the natural world.  Nowhere is this seen more dramatically than in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, where the erection of large wind turbines is spelling doom for thousands of bats. […]

  • A new breakthrough on hydrogen production

      While many are hoping that hydrogen will one day replace fossil fuels as a primary source of energy, producing it cheaply remains a major obstacle.  But according to a recent article in the New York Times, researchers at a national laboratory in Idaho and a ceramics company in Utah have found a way to […]

  • Smog-eating cement?

    When you think about air pollution in cities, you usually think of traffic congestion or smokestack emissions.  But for a novel concrete firm in Italy, the answer to smog may lie in reformulating the cement used in building construction.  Yes, believe it or not, the European firm Italcemente has created a smog-eating cement that contains […]

  • No global warming ice age

      One of the more dire scenarios being advanced about global warming is the notion that rapid melting of Greenland’s ice sheet could shut down the Gulf Stream, and plunge the entire Northern Hemisphere into a new ice age.  Indeed, one British researcher reported a 30 percent reduction in the Gulf Stream in late 2005. […]

  • Rainforests damaged by EU’s efforts on climate?

    Not long ago, the EU passed a law requiring that conventional gasoline be blended with those of bio-fuels.  This was principally done to reduce Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions.  But according to NewScientist.com, this drive for green energy is having the perverse effect of encouraging the destruction of tropical rainforests as trees are being razed to […]

  • African study decontaminates false DDT allegations

    For years it has been argued that the use of DDT will, among other things, harm human health and contaminate food.  But now with the spread of malaria rampant in the developing world, many are beginning to take a second look.  One such nation is that of Uganda, where researchers at the Makerere University have […]

  • The po’ouli: Saying ‘aloha’ to this rare Hawaiian bird

    Small and stocky with a partial black face described as a bandit’s mask, the Hawaiian bird known as the po’ouli has peaked scientists interest since it was first discovered in 1973.  Known only to exist near the slopes of the Haleakala volcano in Maui, the bird’s numbers have always alarmed conservationists, and now, tragically, the […]

  • Sinking the sea level hype

      Many people are concerned that man-made global warming is causing sea levels to rise and threatening coastal communities. But are these concerns justified?  Well not according to Dr. Patrick Michaels, author of the new book Climate of Extremes, who has this to say: “We have two ways of measuring sea levels.  We can do […]

  • New climate change alarm … with a twist

      Concerns about climate change is news to no one.  But that more and more scientists are becoming concerned about impending global cooling, not warming, is starting to raise eyebrows.  As reported in Canada’s National Post, scientists such as Oleg Sorokhtin of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and Kenneth Tapping of Canada’s National Research […]

  • Giant pythons slither into Everglades

      For years, many have been establishing new homes in Florida.  But one new resident recently caused quite a stir and has government officials seeking his deportment. That newcomer is not a person, strangely enough, but a new class of wild python snakes that are now infesting the Everglades National Park.  According to CNS News, […]

  • Returning greenhouse emissions to their birthplace

    Could the same fields that yielded massive amounts of oil be the very place to store unwanted emissions from the burning of oil?  Well the answer may be yes, through a process known as carbon sequestration, that puts CO2 back into the ground rather than releasing it into the air.  According to PlanetArk.com, a University […]

  • Wilderness bill chokes Utah energy development?

    As debate continues to heat up surrounding America’s need for more domestic energy, the state of Utah is once again thrust onto center stage.  According to the U.S. Geological Survey, wilderness areas around the Grand-Escalante Staircase National Park contain roughly 65 million barrels of recoverable oil and another 1,500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. […]

  • Nuclear power on the Moon?

    Siting a nuclear power plant in the United States has proven to be difficult.  But now, according to scientists, there might be another solution – namely, siting one on the moon.  Yes, believe it or not,  Japanese space officials recently unveiled an important discovery at the 40th Lunar and Planetary Conference that uranium does indeed […]

  • Climate software glitches

      Glitches in computer software programming are common, as many of us know when our computers either freeze up or crash altogether. That’s why having updates, or the most recent versions of a software, are vitally important. But according to Gary Strand of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, it appears the U.S. government is […]

  • Green Drilling in ANWR

    Drilling for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, is a contentious issue. But is there a way to get to the oil without actually placing any oil rigs directly on it? Well according to Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, the answer is yes, and she has this to say: “Breakthrough directional drilling technology […]

  • Volcanic energy idea erupts in Iceland

      Experts who have been looking for new energy sources from the wind and sun can now add volcanoes to the list.  This, according to an article in Popular Science, which reports how the country of Iceland is now in the midst of a geothermal energy project that will blow the top off of anything […]

  • Cap and trade not scientifically justified

    Cap and trade policies are widely touted as an answer to global warming. But does the science support this assertion? Not according to climatologist Chip Knappenberger of New Hope Environmental Services who has this to say: “The effect on ‘global warming’ of such measures is scientifically meaningless. A full implementation of Waxman-Markey’s 83% reduction of […]