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Two years ago, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform led to the spilling of almost five million barrels of oil in just a handful of months.
Two years ago, 11 men lost their lives as a backlash of gas exploded into the night from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. In the ensuing months, roughly 5 million barrels of oil and more than 6 billion cubic feet of natural gas spewed into the ocean from the Macondo well more than a kilometer underwater...
By Iñaki Pedroarena-LealAs a student and developing scholar, I consider my transition from the classroom setting to the real world—as many mentors and peers matter-of-factly call it...
As you may have noticed, Khalil and I are posting our picks on alternate weeks. He did it last Friday, my turn is today: City of the dead: Tens of millions of people have died in New York City...
Two years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may seem a long time for some. This interval has provided partial healing of the environment and for the people whose livelihoods are dependent on the Gulf’s bounty.But two years has not been long enough for a full scientific understanding of how this large marine ecosystem was impacted by the disaster...
#SciAmBlogs Thursday - square foot over a year, baboons, Casimir Effect, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Eld s deer and more.
A day late, but awesome - new Video of the Week!- David Haskell - The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Sewanee’s Forest - Emily Cramer - From Babies to Baboons: One Woman’s Path to Success - Jennifer Ouellette - Quantum Casimir Effect Inspires Indie Filmmakers and LHC’s Surprise Visitor: Kern the Globe-Trotting Gnome - Ilana Yurkiewicz - In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day: the misuse and abuse of the Nazi analogy in modern bioethics - Darren Naish - Eld’s deer: endangered, persisting in fragmented populations, and morphologically weird… but it wasn’t always so - Maria Konnikova - The Storytelling Animal: A Conversation with Jonathan Gottschall - Bora Zivkovic - Introducing: Nadia Drake - John R...
The frog-killing fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which causes the disease chytridiomycosis, has been blamed for about 100 amphibian extinctions around the globe since it was first observed in 1998, but clear information on exactly how it spreads has remained a mystery.Now a team of scientists working in Belgium have come up with one potential clue: the chytrid fungus may sometimes be carried to new habitats on the toes of waterfowl such as geese.According to research published April 13 in the journal PLoS One , geese are "potential environmental reservoirs" for the Bd fungus, because waterfowl and amphibians often co-occur in the same habitats...
Video of the Week #39 April 19th, 2012 From: Quantum Casimir Effect Inspires Indie Filmmakers by Jennifer Ouellette at Cocktail Party Physics .
April 22 marks the 42 nd annual Earth Day observance. In recent years, the week running up to Earth Day has become increasingly filled with a riotous mix of news that ranges from inspired initiatives to thinly veiled partisanship and shameless exploitation...
by David Ginsburg and Jim Haw With this post we launch coverage of the USC Dornsife Environmental Studies 2012 Guam and Palau expedition.
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