Science News Archive - July 26, 2009


Industry experts say nearly a quarter of European demand for fuel oil could be snuffed out, as new regulations will likely force the shipping industry to switch to cleaner fuel by 2015.


Germany announced that a French notion to charge "carbon tariffs" on items from countries that will not reduce greenhouse gases is a form of "eco-imperialism," and an obvious breach of WTO rules.

Use of the dry cleaning solvent perchloroethylene at certain Illinois sites has left state residents facing cancer and other ailments, scientists say. Scientists have linked exposure to the chemical commonly used at dry cleaning establishments with ailments like cancer, neurological problems and liver damage, the Chicago Tribune reported Sunday. While the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has targeted nearly 500 Illinois sites for perchloroethylene cleanup efforts, more than 400 sites in the state are suspected of being polluted. The Tribune said the majority of those state sites in need of cleanup efforts are in Chicago and the city's suburbs. H.

The number of fireflies lighting up the night throughout the United States appears to be declining, scientists say. Firefly researcher Marc Branham said when compared with the appearance of fireflies from a decade or two ago, the current natural population of the insect species appears to have dropped significantly, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch said Sunday. There certainly appear to be fewer fireflies out now as opposed to 10 or 20-some years ago, the University of Florida assistant professor of entomology said. Scientists in Boston are trying to determine if the number of fireflies has indeed decreased nationwide.


The oil and gas that fuels our homes and cars started out as living organisms that died, were compressed, and heated under heavy layers of sediments in the Earth's crust.

A team of Cambridge, Mass., scientists developed a shortcut to create a disease-fighting anti-oxidant, the co-authors of a paper about the project said Sunday. The paper was published in the Journal Nature. Researchers at Harvard Medical School transformed E.

Researchers in Cambridge, Mass., found a link between metabolic and immunologic conditions, they said in papers published Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine. They used two over-the-counter allergy medications to reduce both obesity and type 2 diabetes in mice.

Volcanic ash reached 23,000 feet above Petropavlovsk in Russia's Far East as the country's northernmost active volcano continued erupting, a geophysicist said. The Shiveluch volcano began erupting in December 2006 and hasn't stopped since.

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