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Mercury pollution danger for arctic ivory gulls

A paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B today says that mercury levels in arctic ivory gulls have risen almost 50 fold over the last 130 years. Scientists think this increase in mercury pollutants could be to blame ...

dateMar 20, 2015 in Ecology
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Researchers fine-tune quantum dots from coal

Graphene quantum dots made from coal, introduced in 2013 by the Rice University lab of chemist James Tour, can be engineered for specific semiconducting properties in either of two single-step processes.

dateMar 18, 2015 in Nanophysics
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Finding out what's in 'fracking' wastewater

In early January, almost 3 million gallons of wastewater from a hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") operation in North Dakota spilled into nearby creeks. The accident highlighted ongoing concerns about what's in fracking fluids ...

dateMar 18, 2015 in Environment
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Climate change may draw gray whale back to Atlantic

The effects of global warming are proving so severe that the gray whale, famous for its annual migrations along the Pacific Coast, could find its way back to the Atlantic Ocean, according to a new study co-authored by scientists ...

dateMar 11, 2015 in Ecology
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Being smart about SMART environmental targets

Successful environmental conservation needs to focus on the negotiation process, not just the end target, according to new research from the University of Exeter, the University of Queensland, Imperial College London, Bangor ...

dateMar 10, 2015 in Ecology
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