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2011-07-24 06:15:00

Written by John Davis, Texas Tech Researchers studied effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on mallard duck eggs. After collecting weathered crude oil from the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, researchers at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech have reported that only 8 to 9 percent coverage on the shells of fertilized mallard duck eggs resulted in a 50 percent mortality rate. However, scientists also reported the amount of time...

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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...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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