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November 18, 2013
Vibriosis includes “Vibrio vulnificus,” the bacteria commonly dubbed “flesh-eating.” It’s rare but tends to be underreported, the CDC says on its website. The CDC data on vibriosis includes all vibrio species except cholera, so it’s unclear how much of the increase in the past five years is due to infection by the flesh-eating bacteria that can cause death. One researcher who studies Vibrio vulnificus found it highly concentrated in tar balls that appeared along the Gulf Coast after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Covadonga Arias, a professor of microbial genomics at Auburn University in Alabama, found that Vibrio vulnificus was 10 times higher in tar balls than in sand and up to 10 times higher than in seawater.
Study: Tar balls found in Gulf teeming with ‘flesh-eating’ bacteria - Houston Chronicle 

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9:30 // 9 months ago
November 13, 2013
18:19 // 9 months ago
September 21, 2013
breakingnews:

Study: Earth suitable for life for at least another 1.75 billion years
Live Science: A new study conducted by scientists in the UK concludes that Earth should be suited for life for at least another 1.75 billion years.
A nuclear holocaust or a rogue asteroid are among the potential disasters that could prevent Earth being habitable for that long.If one of those scenarios doesn’t occur, between 1.75 billion and 3.25 billion years from now, Earth will travel out of the habitable zone of the solar system and move too close to the sun, causing Earth’s oceans to evaporate.
Photo: This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken in January 2012. (NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring)

This is a huge relief! We’d been walking around thinking we only had another 1.5 billion or so.

breakingnews:

Study: Earth suitable for life for at least another 1.75 billion years

Live Science: A new study conducted by scientists in the UK concludes that Earth should be suited for life for at least another 1.75 billion years.

A nuclear holocaust or a rogue asteroid are among the potential disasters that could prevent Earth being habitable for that long.

If one of those scenarios doesn’t occur, between 1.75 billion and 3.25 billion years from now, Earth will travel out of the habitable zone of the solar system and move too close to the sun, causing Earth’s oceans to evaporate.

Photo: This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken in January 2012. (NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring)

This is a huge relief! We’d been walking around thinking we only had another 1.5 billion or so.

21:09 // 11 months ago
September 14, 2013
theatlantic:

What’s Worse Than an Oil Spill? A Molasses Spill

Thousands of fish — gasping desperately, then floating lifelessly — surfaced in Honolulu Harbor this week, suffering from oxygen deprivation caused by a massive molasses spill. This strange case of sugary suffocation was brought on by the Matson Shipping Company, which was loading one of its vessels with 1,600 tons of molasses through a pipeline in the harbor early Monday morning when a leak sprung. Matson reported that up to 1,400 tons of the sludgy syrup may have escaped into the harbor and nearby Ke’ehi Lagoon.
There is no way to clean up a molasses spill. “It’s sunk to the bottom of the harbor,” Matson spokesman Jeff Hull told the L.A. Times on Wednesday. There, the molasses has displaced the oxygen-containing seawater that thousands of marine organisms rely on to breathe. 
Read more. [Image: Elizabeth Miles]


And now from the wide world of discouraging environmental news, with dire reprecussions for the marine life caught up in the harbor’s new molassesy depths. At present, the planned solution is simply doing nothing — as the deputy director of Hawaii’s Department of Health said, to “let nature take its course.”

theatlantic:

What’s Worse Than an Oil Spill? A Molasses Spill

Thousands of fish — gasping desperately, then floating lifelessly — surfaced in Honolulu Harbor this week, suffering from oxygen deprivation caused by a massive molasses spill. This strange case of sugary suffocation was brought on by the Matson Shipping Company, which was loading one of its vessels with 1,600 tons of molasses through a pipeline in the harbor early Monday morning when a leak sprung. Matson reported that up to 1,400 tons of the sludgy syrup may have escaped into the harbor and nearby Ke’ehi Lagoon.

There is no way to clean up a molasses spill. “It’s sunk to the bottom of the harbor,” Matson spokesman Jeff Hull told the L.A. Times on Wednesday. There, the molasses has displaced the oxygen-containing seawater that thousands of marine organisms rely on to breathe.

Read more. [Image: Elizabeth Miles]

And now from the wide world of discouraging environmental news, with dire reprecussions for the marine life caught up in the harbor’s new molassesy depths. At present, the planned solution is simply doing nothing — as the deputy director of Hawaii’s Department of Health said, to “let nature take its course.”

20:15 // 11 months ago
January 31, 2013

It’s not always a good thing when fictional products make the jump into reality…

  • 1987 The classic comedy Spaceballs features a scene with President Skroob (Mel Brooks) enjoying a fresh can of “Perri-Air" from his private stash.
  • 2013 A Chinese millionaire, inspired by last week’s smog epidemic, is selling fresh (and scented!) canned air in an effort to draw attention to environmental issues in China. (h/t to Geekologie) source
16:45 // 1 year ago
October 16, 2012
This has not been Mr. Gas, Mr. Oil, or Mr. Coal. Just ask the people working in those industries.
Mitt Romney, tearing into President Obama on his energy policies, restraint in issuing drilling permits, and the price of gas nationally. 
21:18 // 1 year ago
September 5, 2012
For this story, imagine Vladimir Putin dressed as a giant crane, hang-gliding through the air. You are not dreaming.

For this story, imagine Vladimir Putin dressed as a giant crane, hang-gliding through the air. You are not dreaming.

13:37 // 1 year ago
August 24, 2012
kqedscience:

UC Berkeley Botanical Garden art work attracts right-wing attacks
“The right-wing attacks focused on the use of materials from Solyndra to create an artwork, leading the House committee, for example, to claim that SOL Grotto had become the world’s most expensive work of art. Greg Gutfeld on Fox News — a Cal grad — sputtered with rage at the art: “Our loss is someone else’s hip, pretentious art.” He suggested someone should take a sledgehammer to the work and call it performance art, before adding, “I’m kidding, of course that would be wrong.”
“We were totally taken by surprise,” said Paul Licht, Director of the Botanical Garden. “We weren’t making any political statements. It’s an attempt to create news.” 

If anything, we should be happy that the usual suspects had something to talk about on their programs other than actual issues.

kqedscience:

UC Berkeley Botanical Garden art work attracts right-wing attacks

The right-wing attacks focused on the use of materials from Solyndra to create an artwork, leading the House committee, for example, to claim that SOL Grotto had become the world’s most expensive work of art. Greg Gutfeld on Fox News — a Cal grad — sputtered with rage at the art: “Our loss is someone else’s hip, pretentious art.” He suggested someone should take a sledgehammer to the work and call it performance art, before adding, “I’m kidding, of course that would be wrong.”

“We were totally taken by surprise,” said Paul Licht, Director of the Botanical Garden. “We weren’t making any political statements. It’s an attempt to create news.” 

If anything, we should be happy that the usual suspects had something to talk about on their programs other than actual issues.

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9:31 // 1 year ago