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Oil Spill bird

Is Halliburton to blame for Gulf disaster?

As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to spread, allegations are coming to light that this may be the Halliburton oil spill. BP has claimed responsibility for paying for the oil spill cleanup, and Transocean was operating the oil drilling platform – but both may now be looking to Halliburton for oil
oil slick reaching rocky shoreline

2010 oil spill in Gulf of Mexico worsens

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill 2010, which reached the shoreline Friday, could be one of the worst environmental disasters in history. Thursday cleanup officials determined the oil spill leaking from the wellhead is five times worse than first thought. Following the explosion and sinking of an oil rig 50 miles off the Louisiana coast
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Daylight saving time 2011 not likely to save energy in the U.S.

Daylight saving time 2011 begins Sunday, March 13. It will be the fifth year since Congress changed daylight saving time in the U.S. from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March. The change was mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, but extending daylight saving time has not proven to
Toomer's Corner

Toomer’s corner tree poisoning arrest made

Auburn University’s Toomer’s Corner has long been the location of celebration for the school. The Auburn trees were poisoned by a vandal, however. The Toomer’s corner tree poisoning arrest has been made, but even Dow Chemical isn’t sure it can save the giant, 130-year-old oak trees. Auburn trees poisoned Toomer’s corner on the Auburn campus
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Thousands of dead birds fall from the sky in Arkansas town

Why did thousands of birds fall from the sky in Arkansas? State wildlife officials began testing carcasses of red-winged blackbirds that rained down on the town of Beebe on New Year’s Eve. Biologists suspect that severe weather or fireworks, rather than disease or poison, caused the birds to fall from the sky. Birds fall from

Massive Haitian earthquake damage; aid requirements tremendous

7.0 magnitude earthquake has altered the lives of over three million people Reports indicate that the Haiti earthquake death toll may reach into the thousands. The United States, United Nations, European Union, France, Netherlands, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Britain, the Inter-American Development Bank and various other agencies are all offering Haitian earthquake aid in the form

Spray-on liquid glass could save money on cleaning supplies

And who couldn’t use that kind of help? We can all appreciate the difficulty of keeping up with household cleaning. Not only can it be back-breaking work, it can also be expensive, with one cleaner for this surface, yet another for the next. Not everyone can afford to keep up such a spotless regimen, and
Ozzy Osbourne genome sequence

Ozzy Osbourne DNA sequence shows Neanderthals, strange proteins

Ozzy Osbourne, the former Black Sabbath front man known as “The Prince of Darkness,” has had his genome sequenced and analyzed. The British heavy metal icon, who became famous as much for his prodigious drug and alcohol abuse as well as his music, said having his genome sequenced could offer clues about why he’s still

Israeli study links clowns and IVF success by reducing stress

A recent study has found a link between clowns and IVF success, or a successful in-vitro fertilization. The study found that women undergoing IVF treatment were more likely to become pregnant if visited by a “medical clown” because the clowns reduce stress. Link discovered between clowns and IVF success A link was recently found between

Graphene | Flexible Like Plastic, Harder Than Diamond

The future of light, strong and cheap is now Science frequently works hand-in-hand with industry to find bigger, better, faster ways of improving production processes and making products better. For any country, there’s a certain pride that goes along with making a breakthrough scientific discovery that changes the face of an industry. Make it cheaper,

Neanderthal diet more sophisticated than previously thought

A recent discovery was made that is altering the view of the Neanderthal diet. Neanderthals, ancient relatives of modern humans, apparently cooked and ate vegetables quite often. Ancient humans and related species are not thoroughly understood, but diet gives incredible insight into daily life. Eat like a Neanderthal with more veggies It was recently discovered

Sinkholes wreak havoc | I-24 Sinkhole and Canada sinkhole

If your evening commute includes I-24 in Tennessee, the I-24 sinkhole is sure to throw a wrench into your plans. A deep sinkhole opened up on I-24 between Chattanooga and Nashville, and shut down a 13-mile stretch of the heavily traveled road. In Canada, a wide sinkhole that opened last week killed a family who
British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (sans aliens) is shown floating in a NASA zero gravity simulation.

Stephen Hawking says aliens may not be safe to contact

British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking says aliens likely do exist, according to The Times. However, attempts humanity makes to contact them could produce “catastrophic results.” Hawking, who is promoting a Discovery Channel series entitled “Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking,” finds the possibility of extraterrestrial life to be quite rational, but knowing their nature will prove

Hurricane Paula | Category 1 storm pounds Mexico and Honduras

The ninth full-blown hurricane of the 2010 hurricane season, Hurricane Paula, has officially formed. A Category 1 storm, Hurricane Paula is already cutting a swath through Mexico. The storm is not expected to strengthen, but it is predicted to continue to do serious damage for a few days. The path of Hurricane Paula Hurricane Paula
Hurricane Lilli

Katrina anniversary marked as Hurricane Earl gathers force

The fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans was recently observed, but on that most auspicious occasion, another tropical storm is currently building off the Gulf Coast. Tropical storm Earl was re-dubbed Hurricane Earl, as it has graduated to a hurricane force storm system. The hurricane is building in the Caribbean, and it is
A bunch of mylar helium balloons shaped like popular children's characters like Sponge Bob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer.

The world is almost out of helium – be very afraid

If you think all helium does is make you sound like Donald Duck, pay attention. From solar telescopes to rockets and MRI cryogenics to deep-sea diving, helium is a vital, non-renewable resource that many take for granted. As long as it’s cheap to fill birthday balloons, most people pay little mind to the gas element.
leonid meteor shower 2010

Leonid meteor shower 2010: when to watch, where to look

The Leonid meteor shower 2010 has been intensifying for a week now and reaches its peak Wednesday, Nov. 17. The best time to catch the Leonid meteor shower in the U.S. will be a few hours before dawn on Thurs., Nov. 18 when you can expect to see about a dozen meteors per hour. The