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2012-08-12 08:39:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Arctic sea ice is melting away far more rapidly than experts had previously predicted, with more than 215 cubic miles (900 cubic kilometers) worth disappearing from the Arctic Ocean over the past year, according to information obtained by the European Space Agency's CryoSat-2 probe. According to Robin McKie, Science Editor with the UK newspaper The Guardian, that constitutes a 50% higher rate of loss than the majority of...

Water Pollution Caused By Contraceptives Could Cost Billions To Fix
2012-06-04 03:44:51

Water supplies that have been contaminated by synthetic hormones found in contraceptives will cost Britain upwards of $46 billion to clean up, Guardian Science Editor Robin McKie reported on Saturday. The culprit is ethinyl estradiol (EE2), the primary active ingredient of contraceptive pills, according to McKie. The substance has polluted rivers, streams, and drinking water supplies in the UK, and the most recent European Union (EU) water framework directive is calling for drastic...

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2011-07-11 07:25:00

The US House of Representatives is moving forward with a proposal that would eliminate funding for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)--said to be one of the most complex projects of its kind ever conceived--according to various media reports."¨According to a July 8 article by Matt Peckham of Time's Techland, the move to strike NASA's Hubble Telescope successor is "an attempt to further tighten the national belt." However, it threatens the billion dollar device currently planned to...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.