A new study published by scientists at the University of Oregon and University of CIncinnati concludes that people living and working proximate to fracking actively may well be exposed to certain pollutants at higher levels than considered safe for lifetime exposure according to the EPA. These pollutants, PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), which are released as a byproduct of fracking are linked to increased risk of cancer and respiratory illness.
In the Buffalo National River, somebody can hear the running water and the next minute the water is gone! In the Ozarks, there are streams that disappear and reappear randomly! The ultimate question is about the reason that the streams become disappeared and the place in which the "disappeared" water goes.
The increase in the frequency of low intensity tremors, originating from the San Andreas Fault, about 10 hours after the magnitude 6 Napa earthquake last August, and an observed increase in two other locations, frequently struck by earthquakes, has set the ground for a comprehensive search for tremors across the state. Watch the video with UC Berkeley seismologist Peggy Hellweg describing how "Tremorscope" a new technology may explain a possible connection between tremors and earthquakes.
Researchers from the National Science Foundation (NSF) have gathered evidence for the existence of a salty aquifer beneath Antarctica's ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys, by using an airborne electromagnetic (AEM) sensor, known as SkyTEM, mounted to a helicopter-borne sensor. The salty aquifer may support microbial ecosystems and play an important role in contemporary biological processes in the Dry Valleys.
Anders Bo Skov, a student at the University of Copenhagen, has achieved a breakthrough in solar energy storage with the aid of his supervisor, Mogens Brondsted Nielsen. Together they have published the paper “Towards Solar Energy Storage in the Photochromic Dihydroazulene-Vinylheptafulvene System” in the journal “Chemistry - A European Journal.” The paper outlines Skov’s success in developing molecules capable of obtaining and holding large amounts of solar energy, storing it without loss, and releasing it on demand.
A newly released report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has for the first time attempted to establish a connection between human activities such as fracking with earthquake occurrence. Even though small in magnitude, human-induced earthquakes are becoming gradually important and warnings that greater magnitude events may be generated are expressed.
Researchers at Penn State University have developed a new analytical technique for identifying common drilling substances in drinking water. Using the technique, the scientists reported contamination in the drinking water taps of three Pennsylvania homes located near a known well-pad leak.