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An ecosystem of our own making could pose a threat

Elizabeth Lopez maneuvered a massive steel claw over the side of a 134-foot sailboat and guided its descent through swaying kelp and schools of fish 10 miles off the coast of San Diego. She was hoping to catch pieces of a mysterious marine ecosystem that scientists are calling the plastisphere.<p>This …

The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …

Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…'

Science is a very serious business, so what tickles a rational mind? In a not very scientific experiment, we asked a sample of great minds for their favourite jokes<p>Physics<p>■ Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a …

Instant Kool-Aid is a Marvel of Technology

A glass of instant Kool-Aid requires eight ounces of water and a surprising amount of innovation<p>When you think of technology, you probably think of computers and jet engines and such. But there are other feats of engineering that are equally sophisticated, just less obviously so. Instant Kool-Aid, …

Can Marine Life Survive More Acid Oceans?

As the seas absorb more carbon dioxide, their pH drops.<p>Can sea life evolve fast enough to cope with changing ocean chemistry? That's the question researchers like Gretchen Hofmann are trying to answer. The marine biologist is applying her years of experience with sea urchins to determining how …

Papua New Guinea

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Explaining nuclear fusion: is it the way forward for cheap energy?

With a new nuclear fission power station given the green light, Professor Steve Cowley examines whether nuclear fusion could soon be a viable alternative<p><b>The government has recently approved a new</b> <b>nuclear fission</b> <b>power station. But could nuclear fusion soon be a viable alternative? Professor Steve</b> …

GM labeling initiative likely defeated in Washington state

Preliminary tallies suggest Washington state voters have struck down a ballot initiative to require labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods.<p>The …

Nevada residents win settlement of up to $19.5M over mine pollution

Rural neighbors of an abandoned World War II-era copper mine that has leaked toxic chemicals in northern Nevada for decades have won up to a $19.5 million settlement from companies they accused of covering up the contamination.<p>Atlantic Richfield Co. and its parent BP America Inc. acknowledged no …

Profile Of A Climate Change Denier

A new Boston Globe profile rounds up a decade of work in Washington by astrophysicist Willie Soon.<p>The vast majority of scientists think climate change is real, serious (real serious?), and human-caused, but yesterday, <i>The Boston Globe</i> took a closer look at one who doesn't. William Soon, an …

Harvard

Rare 'clean' skies could help predict future climate - Futurity

The effect of aerosols on climate depends on what the atmosphere was like before man-made pollution—when aerosols were only produced from natural …

Without Amazon forests, weather could mimic El Niño - Futurity

Total deforestation of the Amazon could mean 20 percent less rain for the coastal Northwest and a 50 percent reduction in the Sierra Nevada snowpack.

Two Australian coal mines alone will emit more greenhouse gases than 52 countries

Climate-change debates often focus on how to cut the carbon spew of particular countries—China and the US above all. But another way to do such carbon accounting is to look at individual fossil-fuel projects. All it takes is single massive coal mine to outstrip the CO2 emissions of many …

Fossil Fuels

Cargill to label meat after 'pink slime' uproar

Cargill Inc. says it will start labeling beef products that contain finely textured beef, an ingredient that came under attack as "pink slime."<p>The move by one of the world's largest beef processors comes as consumers increasingly demand more transparency in how agribusiness companies make the food …

Agriculture

Washington GMO initiative trailing

Washington state’s GMO labeling measure appears to be going down in defeat, early results show.<p>With slightly less than a million votes counted, the current tally on Ballot Initiative 522, which would require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms, show those opposed …

The sun sets on China’s one-time solar giant

Suntech, one of China’s best-known global brands, is abandoning the technology that once made it the world’s largest solar manufacturer.<p>The company’s chairman stated in a court filing that the bankrupt company plans to idle its factories and transform itself into a distributor of solar panels once …

Solar Power

Results Mixed on Colorado and Ohio Fracking Ban Initiatives

Recount is likely ahead for Broomfield, as moratorium fails by 13 votes.<p><b>Voters in three Colorado cities and one in Ohio on Tuesday passed ballot measures banning or temporarily halting fracking within their borders.</b><p><b>But in the Denver suburb of Broomfield—a location viewed as an active prospect for</b> …