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New ground-based photos of Mercury's unseen surface obtained by Boston University astronomers
Images from a ground-based telescope revealing details of Mercury's surface were released by a team of astronomers from Boston University's Center for Space Physics in the May issue of The Astronomical Journal and at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Washington, DC. (2000-05-30)
Canadian forest fires affect mercury levels in the northeastern United States
Fires in the Canadian boreal forest may be contributing significant amounts of mercury to the atmosphere above the northeastern United States. (2003-10-08)
Study reveals how Arctic food webs affect mercury in polar bears
With growing concerns about the effects of global warming on polar bears, it's increasingly important to understand how other environmental threats, such as mercury pollution, are affecting these magnificent Arctic animals. (2009-12-08)
Bacteria control levels of dangerous pollutant in seabirds
Researchers have discovered that levels of mercury in seabirds off the coast of British Columbia have remained relatively stable over the past 50 years. (2016-12-16)
New design for longer lasting night-vision cameras
Northwestern University's Manijeh Razeghi and her team have developed a new approach to improving the technologies in night-vision cameras -- potentially making their all-too-frequent breakdowns a thing of the past. (2017-02-21)
Dartmouth researchers alarmed by levels of mercury and arsenic in Chinese freshwater ecosystem
A team of researchers, led by biologists at Dartmouth, has found potentially dangerous levels of mercury and arsenic in Lake Baiyangdian, the largest lake in the North China Plain and a source of both food and drinking water for the people who live around it. (2008-01-09)
Mercury in coastal fog linked to upwelling of deep ocean water
An ongoing investigation of elevated mercury levels in coastal fog in California suggests that upwelling of deep ocean water along the coast brings mercury to the surface, where it enters the atmosphere and is absorbed by fog. (2012-12-04)
PNNL develops mercury-absorbing pollution solution
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a novel material that can remove mercury and other toxic substances from coal-burning power-plant waste water. (2004-03-31)
Seafood substitutions can expose consumers to unexpectedly high mercury
New measurements from fish purchased at retail seafood counters in 10 different states show the extent to which mislabeling can expose consumers to unexpectedly high levels of mercury, a harmful pollutant. (2014-08-19)
Supreme Court to decide fate of EPA mercury rule with billions at stake
The justices of the nation's highest court are weighing whether the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered potential compliance costs before proceeding with a rule that requires power plants to reduce their mercury emissions. (2015-05-06)
Bacterial genome may hold answers to mercury mystery
A newly sequenced bacterial genome from a team led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could contain clues as to how microorganisms produce a highly toxic form of mercury. (2011-04-08)
Mercury levels in rainfall are rising in parts of North America, study finds
An analysis of long-term trends in the amount of mercury in precipitation in North America found recent increases at many sites, mostly in the center of the continent. (2016-01-27)
Soil samples reveal urban mercury footprints
A new study from the School of Science at IUPUI investigates mercury deposits in industrialized city soil near coal-fired power plants. (2011-07-19)
In a hopeful sign, mercury levels decline in Everglades wading birds
In a rare piece of good news about mercury contamination in the Everglades, a University of Florida researcher has found that levels of the pollutant in wading birds have dropped significantly since 1994. (2000-12-14)
Natural dissolved organic matter plays dual role in cycling of mercury
Nature has a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde relationship with mercury, but researchers at the DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made a discovery that ultimately could help explain the split personality. (2011-01-12)
Gimli gobblers - Mercury scientists to conduct unique human experiment next week
A world-leading team of Canadian scientists thinks that diet may play a critical role in limiting the body's absorption of the toxic heavy metal mercury, and they're lining up to test the idea on themselves. (2004-10-29)
Mirroring a drop in emissions, mercury in tuna also declines
For years, public health experts have warned against eating certain kinds of fish, including tuna, that tend to accumulate mercury. (2016-11-10)
Mercury pollution in the Great Lakes region -- nearly forgotten, but not gone
Despite general declines in mercury levels in the Great Lakes region over the past four decades, mercury concentrations still exceed human and ecological risk thresholds, especially in inland lakes and rivers, according to the report (2011-10-11)
A solar mini-eclipse on May 7, 2003
On May 7, 2003, Mercury, the innermost planet in the solar system, will pass in front of the Sun as a small dark disk. (2003-05-05)
To climate-change worries, add 1 more: Extended mercury threat
Mercury pollution has already spurred public health officials to advise eating less fish, but it could become a more pressing concern in a warmer world. (2009-01-07)
Toxic mercury in aquatic life could spike with greater land runoff
A highly toxic form of mercury could jump by 300 to 600 percent in zooplankton -- tiny animals at the base of the marine food chain -- if land runoff increases by 15 to 30 percent, according to a new study. (2017-01-27)
Molting elephant seals add mercury to coastal seawater
As fish-eating predators at the top of the marine food chain, elephant seals accumulate high concentrations of mercury in their bodies. (2015-09-07)
The world's first mercury-free film-type ultraviolet light source
The world's first new mercury-free light source that produces ultraviolet radiation for medical applications has been developed at Kobe University, Japan. (2015-05-15)
Mercury associated with risk of heart attack
According to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, mercury is directly associated with the risk of heart attack. (2002-11-27)
UT Knoxville and ORNL researchers reveal key to how bacteria clear mercury pollution
Mercury's persistent and toxic presence in the environment has flummoxed scientists for years in the quest to find ways to mitigate the dangers posed by the buildup of its most toxic form, methylmercury. (2009-10-01)
Mercury in the global ocean
Mercury is a naturally occurring element as well as a by-product of such distinctly human enterprises as burning coal and making cement. (2014-08-06)
Ancient volcanic explosions shed light on Mercury's origins
The surface of Mercury crackled with volcanic explosions for extended periods of the planet's history, according to a new analysis led by researchers at Brown University. (2014-04-02)
Boiler modifications cut mercury emissions 70 percent or more, research team finds
Lehigh University research team achieves reductions in emission of the toxic element by altering flue-gas temperature, size of coal particles burned and other physical conditions. (2005-10-03)
'Fingerprinting' method reveals fate of mercury in Arctic snow
A study by University of Michigan researchers offers new insight into what happens to mercury deposited onto Arctic snow from the atmosphere. (2010-02-10)
No strong evidence linking mercury levels with worse neurobehavioral performance in older adults
In a study of older adults, researchers did not find a definitive association between blood mercury levels, which can become elevated with fish consumption, and adverse neurobehavioral effects, according to a study in the April 20 issue of JAMA. (2005-04-19)
Patented technique binds and removes mercury from combustion exhausts
An environmental engineering science professor at Washington University in St. (2001-10-31)
Mercury is higher in some tuna species, according to DNA barcoding
The level of mercury in your sushi can depend on the species that you are consuming. (2010-04-21)
Study supports fish consumption during pregnancy
A new study supports the theory that the detrimental effects of low-level exposure to mercury may be outweighed by the beneficial effects of fish consumption. (2016-02-23)
Polar bears' declining mercury levels likely due to climate-related shifts
To understand how human activities are affecting the planet, scientists often study the health of animals in the wild. (2017-06-14)
Burning wetlands unleash sequestered mercury in wake of climate change
Climate change appears to be contributing to the waking of a dangerous sleeping giant in the most northern wetlands of North America -- mercury. (2006-08-21)
Astronomer finds that Mercury has molten core
Newly released data -- from 21 delicately timed observations at three telescopes taken over five years -- yields the strongest evidence to date that Mercury has a molten core, reports Jean-Luc Margot, assistant professor of astronomy at Cornell University, in Science. (2007-05-03)
Mercury in water, fish detected with nanotechnology
When mercury is dumped into rivers and lakes, the toxic heavy metal can end up in the fish we eat and the water we drink. (2012-09-12)
Dartmouth biologists say algae might be missing mercury link in aquatic food chain
A team of Dartmouth researchers is one step closer to understanding how toxic metals, specifically methylmercury, move through the aquatic food chain. (2002-03-18)
Shrimp trawling may boost mercury in red snapper, study suggests
Shrimp trawling in the Gulf of Mexico may be raising the level of toxic mercury in juvenile Red Snapper, according to new research from Texas Christian University and Louisiana State University. (2008-11-26)
Study finds toxic mercury is accumulating in the Arctic tundra
Vast amounts of toxic mercury are accumulating in the Arctic tundra, threatening the health and well-being of people, wildlife and waterways, according to a UMass Lowell scientist investigating the source of the pollution. (2017-07-12)
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