Air pollution in Beijing reaches hazardous levels
Air pollution levels in China's notoriously dirty capital were at dangerous levels Saturday, with cloudy skies blocking out visibility and warnings issued for people to remain indoors.
Independence Day: Distrust of the federal government grows, survey shows
(Phys.org) —As the nation prepares to celebrate its independence from British rule, trust in the government formed 237 years ago continues to decline.
Newsroom cuts a boon for PR but a turnoff for readers, report finds
Widespread cost cutting in newsrooms has led to less investigative journalism, more weather and traffic reports and greater opportunities for lobbyists to get their message into the media, a US report has found. ...
Saving the blue waters pouring into the Black Sea
An early warning system of threats over freshwater resources in the Black Sea region is now available to policy makers. The onus remains on them to effectively preserve fresh water sources.
'Smart' homes open doors to hackers
Smart homes that let residents control alarms, locks and more over the internet are opening doors for crooks with hacker skills, according to computer security specialists.
Wolfram Alpha expands Facebook analytics
Shale not a miracle solution for Europe
Shale oil and gas have had limited benefits for the US economy and their advantages for Europe will be even slimmer, a French think tank said Wednesday.
Fences cause 'ecological meltdown'
The use of fenced areas to protect threatened species in the wild should be a last resort, argue scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
Marvell says 802.11ac 4x4 solution is an industry-first
Support for 'fracking' continues to decline
(Phys.org) —A report by experts at The University of Nottingham shows that the public's perception of shale gas is continuing to wane, despite attempts by energy companies to offer 'benefits' to local communities ...
Blowing hot and cold: US belief in climate change shifts with weather
A University of British Columbia study of American attitudes toward climate change finds that local weather – temperature, in particular – is a major influence on public and media opinions on the reality of global warming.
Sandia experts help when sinkhole opens up in Louisiana
The U.S. Geological Survey turned to Sandia National Laboratories for help when the earth opened up last month near Bayou Corne, La.
Russia claims record dive but no monster in deep freeze
Russian explorers claimed a record Wednesday in diving to the bottom of a remote lake at the coldest time of the year but said they could not find its most famed inhabitant, a mythical Loch Ness-style monster.
China seen facing uphill struggle against pollution
China's newly announced measures to combat pollution by slashing emissions from major polluting industries and holding local officials responsible could take 18 years to bring air quality within acceptable standards, analysts ...