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Dispersed oil proves less toxic in EPA tests

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released results of its second round of toxicity testing on dispersants—chemicals used to break up the oil that spewed for nearly 90 days into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's Macondo well...

August 2, 2010 — David Biello

Inception is a clunker, but lucid dreaming is cool

Inception is an absurdly complicated, clattering contraption of a movie that impresses only in a mechanical, Rube Goldberg–ish way. My intellect had to work so hard to figure out what was happening that my emotions never got engaged...

August 2, 2010 — John Horgan

Costs and values: The legacy of the Exxon Valdez disaster

Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from The Fate of Nature by Charles Wohlforth, published on June 8 by St. Martins Press. The Fate of Nature considers the burgeoning science of human nature and behavior, using Alaska as a starting point to explore our capacity to save the planet from environmental decline...

July 30, 2010 — Charles Wohlforth

Thaw deal: Climate change could leave penguins in the dark

Few animals can live totally in the dark, and penguins are no exception. But new research shows that climate change could soon rob Adélie penguins ( Pygoscelis adeliae ) of the sunlight they need to survive, and that could drive them into extinction.The problem comes from melting sea ice, according to the report in the July 2010 issue of Ecology ...

July 29, 2010 — John Platt

Can Australia save the dingo from extinction?

Where did the Australian dingo go? Once present throughout that country, the feared predator ( Canis lupus dingo ) in its current form is on its way to extinction as it is either killed or breeds and hybridizes with domesticated dogs...

July 26, 2010 — John Platt

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