Texas state health officials are urging people to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting West Nile virus, after the state confirmed its first case of the illness for the season. In a report released Friday, The Texas Department of State Health Services stated that the first case of the West Nile illness of [...More...]
Three surfers braved these ferocious foam covered waves, dodging debris and litter, in their hunt for the perfect ride. The waves were a result of overflowing flood-waters which whipped the murky-coloured waves into a frenzy, kicking up some eye-catching spray when they broke. Photographer Chris Garden, 30, spotted the unusual sight as he drove along [...More...]
Last month, Bob Dechert, a senior aide to Canada's foreign minister, was dispatched to Detroit, Michigan with an important diplomatic mission: To stop a highly annoying noise. The so-called Windsor hum, described as a low-frequency rumbling sound, has rattled windows and knocked objects off shelves in border communities just across the Detroit River from [...More...]
The earth’s structure can be compared to an orange: its crust is the peel supported by the earth’s heavy mantle. That peel is made up of a continental crust 30 to 40 kilometers thick. It is much lighter than the thinner oceanic crust and protrudes from the earth’s mantle because of its lower density, like an iceberg in the sea.
Wildfires, peat fires and controlled burns on farming lands kill 339,000 people worldwide each year, said a study released on Saturday that is the first to estimate a death toll for landscape fires. Most of those deaths are concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, where an estimated 157,000 people die as a result of being exposed to such fires annually, with southeast Asia ranking second with 110,000 deaths.
Despite brutal cold and lingering darkness, life in the frigid waters off Alaska does not grind to a halt in the winter as scientists previously suspected. According to preliminary results from a National Science Foundation- (NSF) funded research cruise, microscopic creatures at the base of the Arctic food chain are not dormant as expected.
Due to the Arctic cold front, Germany has been forced to bring several reactors which went offline last year back on line. The upward surge in electricity demand prompted Germany's network operators to call upon nuclear power plants left in reserve as a "preventative measure". Germany decided to phase out nuclear power by 2022 [...More...]
At least 16 students have been stricken with a mysterious illness will Tourettes-like symptoms in LeRoy, NY. Doctors say the students are experiencing a psychological condition called Conversion Disorder or Mass Psychogenic Illness. Basically, it is when a bunch of people get together and start freaking out. Recently, parents unsatisfied with calling their [...More...]
Nasa's most baffling mystery has been solved by an international team of satellite experts and oceanographers. "Where was the energy from the sun was going?" has been a question they've sought for some time. Scientists at Colorado's National Center for Atmospheric Research released a report two years ago claiming that satellite measurements of earth's heat [...More...]
Heavy seas off Christmas Island have broken the wreck of a cargo ship into three pieces and there are growing concerns about the environment, as more oil leaks from the ship. The MV Tycoon broke its moorings and smashed up against a sea wall three weeks ago. Residents of the island say the oil [...More...]
Investigators were combing through the charred remains of two Arizona homes for clues Monday after they were destroyed by a mysterious late-night explosion in a Phoenix suburb. Local residents in Chandler, Arizona said they heard loud blasts and debris from the first home battering the house next door Sunday night. Police have been in [...More...]
The Ministry of the Environment has started a study to examine the effects of radiation from the disaster-struck Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant on nearby plant and wildlife, particularly their reproductive functions. The ministry — working with the Japan Wildlife Research Center and the National Institute of Radiological Sciences — is selecting local [...More...]
Japan's stricken nuclear power plant has leaked more than 600 litres of water, forcing it to briefly suspend cooling operations at a spent-fuel pond at the weekend, but none is thought to have escaped into the ocean, the plant's operator and domestic media said. The Fukushima plant, on the coast north of Tokyo, was [...More...]
One Texan man sent his small unmanned drone plane up for a spin, hoping to get some beautiful aerial shots of the Dallas suburbs. He ended up unearthing an environmental hazard instead. The man, who is not releasing his name, got pictures of a bright red creek just behind an old meat [...More...]