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Scientists don't turn a blind eye to bias
Scientific journals should insist on more robust experimental processes, say biologists after reviewing nearly 900,000 experiments. (2015-07-09)
This town has been on fire for 50 years (video)
In 1962, a fire started in the coal-mining town of Centralia, Pa. (2015-07-07)
Recent mercury pollution on the rise, but quick to change, Dartmouth-led study shows
A Dartmouth-led study using a 600-year-old ice core shows that global mercury pollution increased dramatically during the 20th century, but that mercury concentrations in the atmosphere decreased faster than previously thought beginning in the late 1970s when emissions started to decline. (2015-06-29)
Cattle ID system shows its muzzle
Researchers in Egypt are developing a biometric identification system for cattle that could reduce food fraud and allow ranchers to control their stock more efficiently. (2015-06-29)
New role for Twitter: Early warning system for bad drug interactions
Vermont scientists have invented a new technique for discovering potentially dangerous drug interactions and unknown side-effects -- before they show up in medical databases like PubMed -- by searching millions of tweets on Twitter. (2015-06-29)
Social networking against cancer
Research published in International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics shows how social network analysis can be used to understand and identify the biomarkers in our bodies for diseases, including different types of cancer. (2015-06-04)
New research shows positive welfare effects of natural resource extraction in Africa
Ruthless exploitation, environmental disasters and refugees. That is a common narrative of the consequences of the extraction of natural resources in Africa. (2015-06-02)
Acid saline groundwaters and lakes of southern Western Australia
The 'wheat belt' and 'gold fields' of southern Western Australia are associated with a regional acid saline groundwater system. (2015-06-01)
Mining pollution alters fish genetics in southwest England
Pollution from historic mining activities in south west England has led to a reduction in genetic diversity of brown trout according to new research from the University of Exeter. (2015-05-12)
A climate signal in the global distribution of copper deposits
Climate helps drive the erosion process that exposes economically valuable copper deposits and shapes the pattern of their global distribution, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Idaho and the University of Michigan. (2015-05-11)
System model for calculating mine profitability
A new system dynamic model makes it possible to plan the profitability of mining operations with greater precision than before. (2015-05-06)
First evolutionary history of 50 years of music charts using big data analysis of sounds
Evolutionary biologists and computer scientists have come together study the evolution of pop music. (2015-05-05)
Silica dust in small-scale gold mining linked to silicosis and TB epidemic
Research published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene concludes that exposures to airborne silica are more than 200 times greater in small-scale gold mines than in larger mines. (2015-04-30)
Ferromanganese crusts record past climates
The onset of northern hemispheric glaciation cycles three million years ago has dramatically changed Arctic climate. (2015-04-09)
Fires in Western Australia April 2015
Bushfires are inevitable in the fire-prone landscapes of Western Australia. (2015-04-09)
Carnegie Mellon researchers create 'Wikipedia' for neurons
To help scientists make sense of 'brain big data,' researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have used data mining to create www.neuroelectro.org, a publicly available website that acts like Wikipedia, indexing physiological information about neurons. (2015-03-30)
Metals used in high-tech products face future supply risks
Yale researchers have assessed the 'criticality' of all 62 metals on the Periodic Table of Elements, providing key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming decades, which ones will exact the highest environmental costs -- and which ones simply cannot be replaced as components of vital technologies. (2015-03-27)
Rare-earth innovation to improve nylon manufacturing
The Critical Materials Institute, a US Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by the Ames Laboratory, has created a new chemical process that makes use of the widely available rare-earth metal cerium to improve the manufacture of nylon. (2015-03-25)
Sewage -- yes, poop -- could be a source of valuable metals and critical elements
Poop could be a goldmine -- literally. Surprisingly, treated solid waste contains gold, silver and other metals, as well as rare elements such as palladium and vanadium that are used in electronics and alloys. (2015-03-23)
Surviving the 'most explosive era of infrastructure expansion' in 9 steps
One of the world's most acclaimed environmental researchers has warned of an 'explosive era' of infrastructure expansion across the globe, calling for a new approach to protect vulnerable ecosystems. (2015-03-05)
Global Atlas of Environmental Justice re-launches website
The EJOLT project launches today a new phase of the Global Atlas of Environmental Justice, an interactive map that catalogs thousands of localized stories of resistance against damaging projects: from mines to toxic waste sites to oil refining operations to areas of deforestation. (2015-03-03)
New, useful feature of Moringa seeds revealed
Previous studies have shown that the extracts from seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree can be used for water purification. (2015-02-24)
Three Waterloo academics named among Canada's top researchers for 2015
Three Waterloo academics are named among Canada's Top Natural Sciences and Engineering Researchers for 2015 by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada today. (2015-02-17)
Research shows benefits of silicon carbide for sensors in harsh environments
The use of silicon carbide as a semiconductor for mechanical and electrical sensor devices is showing promise for improved operations and safety in harsh working environments, according to new research from Griffith University. (2015-02-09)
Understanding the copper heart of volcanoes
Researchers at the University of Bristol have discovered the link between volcanism and the formation of copper ore. (2015-02-09)
Buckyballs offer environmental benefits
Treated carbon-60 molecules have the ability to recover valuable metals from liquids, including water and potential pollutants. (2015-02-09)
Mining the moon becomes a serious prospect
With an estimated 1.6 billion tons of water ice at its poles and an abundance of rare-earth elements hidden below its surface, the moon is rich ground for mining. (2015-02-02)
Bitcoin scams steal at least $11 million in virtual deposits from unsuspecting customers
Fraudulent schemes have scammed $11 million in Bitcoin deposits from unsuspecting cyber customers over the past four years, according to new cybersecurity research from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. (2015-01-28)
VTT views mineral scarcity and environmental technologies as opportunities
As mineral resources are dwindling, it is becoming increasingly important to know how even the tiniest amounts of minerals can be recovered from waste -- or how minerals can be substituted for other materials in industrial use. (2015-01-27)
Wildlife loss in the global ocean
Over the past 500 years, approximately 500 land-based animal species have gone the way of the dodo, becoming extinct as a result of human activity. (2015-01-15)
'Gold rush' threatens tropical forests in South America
A global 'gold rush' has led to a significant increase of deforestation in the tropical forests of South America. (2015-01-13)
Mercury from gold mines accumulates far downstream
Researchers have determined that the risks taken on by artisanal, small-scale gold miners in Peru extend beyond personal and local health risks by creating hazardous levels of mercury in the food chain at least 350 miles away. (2015-01-08)
Researchers to design, market smartphone app that gauges Ebola risk
Within six months, your iPhone or Android mobile device could supply a real-time estimate of your likelihood of contact with the deadly Ebola virus. (2015-01-07)
Green walls, effective acoustic insulation
Zaloa Azkorra, an agricultural engineer of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, is conducting research at the University School of Mining and Public Works Engineering into the benefits provided by green walls. (2015-01-05)
Pilot plant for the removal of extreme gas charges from deep waters installed
Being part of the mining area Herrerias, Andalusia, deep waters of Pit Lake Guadiana show extremely high concentration of dissolved carbon dioxide. (2014-12-18)
Mining can damage fish habitats far downstream, study shows
Anglers across the nation wondering why luck at their favorite fishing spot seems to have dried up may have a surprising culprit: a mine miles away, even in a different state. (2014-11-25)
Laser from a plane discovers Roman goldmines in Spain
Hidden under the vegetation and crops of the Eria Valley, in León (Spain), there is a gold mining network created by the Romans two thousand years ago, as well as complex hydraulic works, such as river diversions, to divert water to the mines of the precious metal. (2014-11-20)
Mapping reveals targets for preserving tropical carbon stocks
A new high-resolution mapping strategy has revealed billions of tons of carbon in Peruvian forests that can be preserved as part of an effort to sequester carbon stocks in the fight against climate change. (2014-11-10)
Big-data mining project gives birds-eye view of the G20
A QUT researcher is mapping the G20 Leaders' Summit as it plays out on Twitter and Instagram to find out how the event is affecting those inside the 'barricades'. (2014-11-09)
New laws threaten Brazil's unique ecosystems
Brazil's globally significant ecosystems could be exposed to mining and dams if proposals currently being debated by the Brazilian Congress go ahead, according to researchers publishing in the journal Science this week. (2014-11-06)
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