A newly discovered type of oil-eating microbe is suddenly flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists discovered the new microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf following the explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig.
While some airlines have done experiments in running planes on biofuels, air travel normally requires an enormous output of carbon-emitting jet fuel. Various factors, like plane models, total load, and chosen route can effect one trip's fuel efficiency, but which airlines consistently manage to use the least fuel in their operations?
2010 has been dominated by extreme natural phenomena, becoming known as the year of global weirding. Heat waves are just one of the many dramatic forces in weather that have been wreaking havoc across the world, scorching populations from South America to the Middle East.
In 1953, two Cambridge University scientists published their answer to one of the most fundamental questions of biology - how do living things reproduce themselves? In their article for the journal, Nature, James D Watson and Francis Crick described the structure of a chemical called deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA.
Mayor Newsome's thoughts about the future and the environment.
The concept of electric cars has been around for decades. But rising climate-change fears, tougher fuel-efficiency standards, billions in government subsidies, and rivers of venture capital appear to be creating a tipping point that could move electric cars from the transportation fringes into the mainstream.
Plastic causes a trifecta of problems. We're running out of places to dump our non-biodegradable plastic waste and it's clogging up our oceans. Burning plastic releases tons of CO2 into the atmosphere contributing to global warming. And to make the stuff, it soaks up 7% of our annual petroleum use, an in demand, diminishing resource. Akinori Ito
China, facing the risk of embarrassment if it misses a looming environmental deadline, has ordered thousands of companies to close high-polluting plants as its leadership vies to retool economic growth.
This rotating solar home was the seed for the ambitious Sonnenschiff Solar Development and the modern solar movement in Germany. The home takes full advantage of the sun by rotating with it, allowing daylight to course though its triple-pane windows and energize its large roof-mounted solar array and solar thermal pipes.
As more bring digital devices to national parks, rangers are seeing an increase in mishaps involving technology.
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