Magma power for geothermal energy?

When a team of scientists drilling near an Icelandic volcano hit magma in 2009, they had to abandon their planned experiments on geothermal energy. But the mishap could point the way to an alternative source of geothermal power.
“Because we drille…

Optical water quality assessment

Madison, WI December 14, 2010 — Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have proven that measuring fluorescence could improve source water monitoring during a study of the McKenzie River in Oregon. The study was designed to assess the …

Water well tests show more towns with elevated arsenic in Maine

The report “Assessment of Arsenic Concentrations in Domestic Well Water, by Town, in Maine, 2005-09” and maps are posted online.
Potentially harmful arsenic levels have been found in private water wells in towns across Maine where elevated arseni…

Strange discovery: Bacteria built with arsenic

Menlo Park, Calif. — In a study that could rewrite biology textbooks, scientists have found the first known living organism that incorporates arsenic into the working parts of its cells. What’s more, the arsenic replaces phosphorus, an elem…

Climate change implicated in decline of horseshoe crabs

LEETOWN, W. Va. — A distinct decline in horseshoe crab numbers has occurred that parallels climate change associated with the end of the last Ice Age, according to a study that used genomics to assess historical trends in population sizes.

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