Fourth of July Downer: Fireworks Cause Spike in Air Pollution
independence, fireworks, Fourth of July, 4th of July
July 1st, 2015
Fireworks are a beloved tradition of the Fourth of July, but the colorful displays also bring a spike in air pollution, a new study shows.
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Supreme Court Blocks EPA Rule on Mercury Emissions
Pollution from smokestacks
June 29th, 2015
The court ruled that the EPA did not properly account for the costs of reducing toxic emissions.
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Red Sea's Glowing Corals are Rainbow of Colors
June 26th, 2015
Deep in the Red Sea, beyond the reach of most scuba divers, coral reefs are putting on a glowing, colorful show, scientists have discovered.
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Helium Leaking from Earth in Southern California
The Newport-Inglewood fault in California is leaking helium-3, researchers have found.
July 1st, 2015
The discovery of helium leaking from the Earth from oil wells along a fault in Southern California reveals that the Newport-Inglewood fault is deeper and more complicated than previously believed.
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Why June 30 Will Be 1 Second Longer
Clock Gears
June 29th, 2015
This year has a leap second, set to take place on Tuesday (June 30) at 7:59:60 p.m. EDT. The reason? Earth's rotation is slowing down, thanks to a kind of braking force caused by the gravitational tug of war between Earth, the sun and the moon.
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Texas Just Banned Sales of Shark Fin, Will Other States Follow?
Tiger sharks are stocky barrel-shaped sharks that can grow up to 11 feet in length. They are solitary predators and are known to hunt a wide variety of animals, including other sharks and sometimes humans. Tiger sharks get their name from the dark stripes
June 25th, 2015
One by one, states are deciding sharks are more important than soup.
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Southern Lights Shimmer in Antarctica's Night Sky (Photo)
June 30th, 2015
A dark, moonless sky is awash in light radiating from an aurora over Antarctica in a new image released by NASA.
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Continents Rose Above Oceans 3 Billion Years Ago
Satellite images stitched together to reveal the world's continents.
June 26th, 2015
The continents may have first risen high above the oceans of the world about 3 billion years ago, researchers say. That's about a billion years earlier than geoscientists had suspected for the emergence of a good chunk of the continents.
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Will the Everglades, and Its Surprises, Ever Get Full Protection? (Op-Ed)
Nike Missile site Everglades
June 26th, 2015
From world-class wilderness to an abandoned nuke site, the Everglades holds tremendous mystery — all at threat from development.
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