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Toxic Red Sludge in Hungary

A Toxic Red Sludge spill killed four, destroyed villages, and made its way to the massive Danube River affecting multiple nations.

In Hungary on Monday a reservoir break spewed out a torrent of toxic waste, destroying a nearby town, wreaking havoc on the marine life in the local streams and creeks leading to Eastern Europe’s massive Danube river and killing at least 4 people according to Yahoo! News and the Associated Press.

On Thursday the spill had finally reached the Danube, Europe’s second largest river, leading downstream nations to check the safety of their water supply.

The European Union fears… Continue reading

At Least Tar Sands Aren’t 5,000 Feet Below the Sea

As if the BP Oil Spill wasn’t warning enough, a controversial and environmentally detrimental new technique for extracting oil from sand is going to be used in the United States for the first time.

 

John Baza, director of Utah’s Division of Oil, Gas and Mining, approved the technique known as “tar sands extraction” to be used in his state by Earth Energy Resource Inc. According to the Huffington Post, the technique has been used in Alberta, Canada, and caused a dangerous drop in the water level of the Athabasca River.

Problems with tar sands extraction:
1) It takes… Continue reading

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New Solar System Includes Earth-like Planet

If confirmed, this could be the richest system of planets we have discovered outside of our own.

 

This artist's impression made available by the European Southern Observatory Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, shows the remarkable planetary system around the Sun-like star HD 10180. (AP)

 
A Sun-like star has been spotted by scientists that is said to include 7 orbiting planets, one of which resembles Earth, according to a recent article published in Yahoo! News.


If it is confirmed, the star HD10180’s planetary system would be the richest one found after 15 years of ongoing research.  One astronomer speculates this… Continue reading

Antimatter Research Kicks Off

A massive particle detector designed to help scientists find antimatter is scheduled to dock on the International Space Station February 2011.
 
A computer generated image showing AMS-02 mounted to the ISS S3 Upper Inboard Payload Attach Site. (Credit: NASA/JSC)

 

A machine developed to find antimatter in space has just begun its preliminary steps toward its voyage to the International Space Station scheduled for February 2011, according to an article in Yahoo! News.  

The European Center of Nuclear Research, or CERN, has built the 8.3-ton device to be docked onto the International Space Station for twenty years… Continue reading