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2010-09-21 11:00:00

Below the surface, thousands of marine creatures are still in danger from Gulf oil disaster University of Georgia oceanographer Samantha Joye, like most scientists, always has a plan. Especially when it involves complex, expensive research cruises. But the Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout, and the enormous environmental destruction it is causing, forced her to change the way she works. "As an oceanographer, you are trained to make these detailed cruise plans," notes Joye. "Everything is...

2010-09-02 09:00:00

MILFORD, Mass., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published two rapid screening methods for chemical dispersants in sea waters using Waters® ACQUITY UPLC®/Quattro Premier(TM) XE (UPLC/MS/MS). These analytical procedures were developed by Dr. Lawrence Zintek, National Organic Methods Development Expert, and Dr. David Schroeder, US EPA Region 5 Chicago Regional Laboratory (CRL) in collaboration with Dr....

2010-08-25 14:40:43

Prosanta Chakrabarty works with visualization expert to map data on extent of oil and chemical impact on wildlife To establish a baseline for measuring and predicting the biological impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a LSU ichthyologist and an Ohio biomedical informatics researcher are using Ohio Supercomputer Center, or OSC, systems to help map data on the extent of the spill and chemicals and the distribution of various fish species. "We know very little about deep-sea life and even...

2010-08-23 12:26:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In a side-by-side laboratory study looking at both Gulf and Atlantic seafood samples, The Daily Beast profiled large shrimp, crabmeat and red grouper, and the results demonstrated no detectable amounts of selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or dispersant ingredients. Under FDA protocol, federal and state authorities each must determine that any patch of water is both free from oil and chemicals, both presently and in the near-term. Then, the state...

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2010-08-16 13:33:51

Researchers measuring impacts of short- and long-term exposure in extensive Gulf Coast marshes As oil and dispersants wash ashore in coastal Louisiana salt marshes, what will their effects be on these sensitive ecosystems? The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a rapid response grant to scientist Eugene Turner of Louisiana State University and colleagues to measure the impacts on Gulf Coast salt marshes. The researchers will track short-term (at the current time, and again at three...

2010-08-16 11:46:00

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney Stuart H. Smith, representing the United Commercial Fishermen's Association, the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, public and private entities, and citizens harmed by the BP oil catastrophe, today issued this statement: "Independent analysis by toxicologists dispute FDA claims made in the last few days that chemical dispersants used by BP during the oil catastrophe may not accumulate in marine animals. "In fact, in a full report by...

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2010-08-03 06:25:00

A new study showed on Monday that dispersants mixed with crude are no more toxic to marine life than oil alone and the type used by BP in the Gulf of Mexico is no worse than any others. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered toxicity tests on eight types of dispersants, including Corexit 9500A, which was used widely by BP to break up the oil slick in the Gulf. An earlier study on the toxicity levels concluded, as BP had always maintained, that Corexit was no more toxic than...

2010-07-30 16:55:00

NEW ORLEANS, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- A Statement from Attorneys Stuart Smith and Mike Stag, and Toxicologist Dr. William Sawyer: "Most southeast Louisiana residents know by now that BP is using chemical dispersants in the Gulf to help make the oil go away. Unfortunately, dispersants do not 'make the oil go away' - quite the reverse, dispersants merely conceal a portion of the oil underwater. "Dispersants also leave behind a witch's brew of other potentially-dangerous chemicals after...

2010-07-27 12:41:00

MONTGOMERY, Ala., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has filed a class action lawsuit in the Southern District of Alabama against British Petroleum and Nalco Company. The firm represents class representatives Glynis Wright and Janille Turner, who claim personal injuries and property damage related to BP's oil spill remediation activities on the Gulf Coast. The Plaintiffs claim that BP was negligent and reckless in dumping toxic dispersant...

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2010-07-19 06:50:00

The massive BP oil spill has scientists and experts fearing a decades-long "cascading" effect on marine life that could lead to alterations in the entire biological network in the Gulf of Mexico. With more than 400 species at risk in the Gulf -- from bacteria to shrimp and crabs, sea turtles, marine birds and sperm whales -- experts warn that the impact of oil and chemical dispersants on the food chain has already set in, and could grow exponentially. Ron Kendall, director of the Institute...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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