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U.S. cities with the worst air pollution
How clean is the air you breathe? For the past 18 years, the American Lung Association has released an annual “State of the Air” report, using data from official air quality monitors to look at pollution...
CO2 set to hit levels not seen in 50 million years by 2050
CO2 is driving towards a new highZhang Peng/GettyBy Michael Le PageWe are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere so fast that it could soar to its highest level for at least 50 million years by the...
Global greening may soak up less carbon dioxide than projected
Their carbon-storing potential is being bluntedBrooke Whatnall/GettyBy Michael Le PageOur planet is getting greener thanks in part to the growth-boosting effects of extra carbon dioxide in the air. But...
First yearly CO2 forecast predicts one of biggest rises ever
What does the future hold?NOAABy Michael Le PageNow for the carbon dioxide forecast: levels of this gas in the atmosphere will rise by 2.5 parts per million to average 408 ppm in 2017. And the monthly...
Mystery eye disease is latest blow for Australia’s sick turtles
Many green turtles in Australia are getting eye infectionsChristine Hof/WWFBy Alice KleinTurtles on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef can’t seem to catch a break. After an outbreak of herpes and a mass stranding,...
Potential risks of going gluten-free—high arsenic and mercury levels
Robert Couse-Baker reader comments 0 Share this story Gluten-free diets have caught on in a big way—in 2015, a quarter of Americans said they had ditched gluten, a combination of proteins found in wheat,...
Forget heart rate - your fitness tracker should be showing you air quality
Research into air quality levels around the globe has some bad news for early morning joggers and the bike-to-work crowd – it's possible for air to be so dirty that the benefits from exercise are negated...
Massive lake drained for hydropower leaves dry bed and no fish
This lake used to be about a kilometre wideReuters/Dado RuvicBy Maria BolevichA large artificial lake in the Balkan state of Bosnia and Herzegovina totally vanished this month and with it an estimated...
Sea level rise will hit these U.S. communities hardest
Global sea level rise is unfolding at a stunning pace, and a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) says the U.S. will find itself directly in the crosshairs. Over the...
Flint's water lead levels are (finally) within federal limits, state says
LANSING, Mich. -- Flint’s water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit, a key finding that Michigan state environmental officials said Tuesday is good news for a city whose 100,000...
Low levels of manganese in welding fumes cause neurological problems
Welders exposed to airborne manganese at estimated levels well under federal safety standards develop neurological problems, according to a new study. Current safety standards may not adequately protect...
Super Mario Run review: Keep on moving
I used to wonder what it was like to be a Bullet Bill, pushed ceaselessly forward in one direction. Now I know. reader comments 10 Share this story Game detailsDeveloper: DeNA/NintendoPublisher: NintendoPlatform:...
Against the tide: A fish adapts quickly to lethal levels of pollution
Evolution is working hard to rescue some urban fish from a lethal, human-altered environment, according to a study. Atlantic killifish living in four polluted East Coast estuaries have adapted to levels...
There’s a great 2D Mario game buried in the busted 3DS Super Mario Maker
Enlarge / Super Mario Bros. 3 looks really different than I remember... reader comments 1 Share this story Game detailsDeveloper: NintendoPublisher: NintendoPlatform: Nintendo 3DSRelease Date: December...
A psychological link between disease and gender equality
Enlarge / In the movie Children of Men, declining public health leads to extreme social inequality. reader comments 5 Share this story Levels of disease in the environment may be linked to gains in women's...
UNICEF: 2 billion children breathe toxic air worldwide
NEW DELHI -- As Indians wake Monday to smoke-filled skies from a weekend of festival fireworks, New Delhi’s worst season for air pollution begins - with dire consequences.A new report from UNICEF says...
Could a biosensor "tattoo" help stop drunk driving?
For those out on the town, an experimental wearable device could help you know whether you’ve had too much to drink. Engineers from the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla – with funding from...
Politicians may push up violent crime by getting tough on it
ONE of the worst spectacles of the US presidential election has been the resurgence of racially charged politics. Donald Trump is stoking fears of an explosion of violent crime in inner cities – a tactic...
Beached boats, pink water as drought depletes Utah's Great Salt Lake
SALT LAKE CITY -- On the southern shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, more than 100 boats are sitting high and dry in a parking lot, unable to sail the shallow, drought-stricken sea.North of the nearly empty...
Super Mario Maker is coming to the Nintendo 3DS
All eyes may be turning to the Nintendo NX, but the home of Mario still has a few surprises up its sleeve ahead of its new console launch. Nintendo has just revealed that Super Mario Maker, one of the...
Fat V Thin: Study Reveals Most Generous People
A laboratory experiment designed to test generosity found that leaner people were stingier than those who carried more weight.And even when skinny people do part with their cash, they're more likely to...
Bizarre new feature of tattoos
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego have created a disposable temporary tattoo with an attached electronic reader they say can accurately measure alcohol levels in sweat and...
In time warping study, people unconsciously controlled blood sugar levels
Dennis van ZuijlekomIdeas can be powerful drugs. If a person is simply convinced that a pill or treatment is going to yield real results, it can—even if that pill or treatment is completely bogus. Those...
US States, Agencies Work Together in Tracking Fukushima Radiation
A massive earthquake and tsunami in April 2011 caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan to melt down, releasing radiation into the surrounding environment. While some of this radiation...
First signs Antarctic ozone hole is healing
An MIT-led team of researchers has pinpointed what they call the "first fingerprints of healing" of the Antarctic ozone layer. They report that the ozone hole, which occurs each September-October in the...
Antarctica Reaches Symbolic Carbon Dioxide Level
For the first time in 4 million years, Antarctica registered carbon dioxide levels over the symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...
New Wearable Tech Counts More Than Just Steps
There's plenty of wearable tech out there. The Fitbit can monitor your steps, the Omron will give you a constant view of your blood pressure, and Hexoskin's biometric shirts will monitor your heart and...
Blood THC levels after smoking pot are useless in defining ‘too high to drive’
Flickr/Jeffrey SmithMeasuring ‘drunk’ is pretty easy; the more alcohol someone drinks, the more alcohol shows up in that person’s blood and the more impaired that person becomes, falling somewhere on...
Tesla's Bioweapon Defense Mode eliminates pollution in under two minutes
On Monday, Tesla Motors released the results of its tests of the Model X's air-filtering system, which demonstrated its efficacy. Tesla placed a Model X inside a bubble filled with "extreme levels of...
Sea level rise threatens U.S. historic sites
Remains of trees in a coastal ghost forest display rising sea levels on Assateague Island in Virginia, October 25, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque With scientists forecasting sea levels to rise by anywhere...
Melting Antarctic could make sea levels soar, study suggests
Warmer air, less frigid water and gravity may combine to make parts of Antarctica's western ice sheet melt far faster than scientists had thought, raising sea levels much more than expected by the end...
Antarctic ice melt model predicts brutal rise in sea levels
Even 'worst case' scenarios for sea level rise due to the climate change could be woefully optimistic, new research as suggested.It is now possible that an "unstoppable ice collapse" in the Antarctic could...
New Research Predicts Much Higher Sea Levels by Next Century
A new study shows sea levels will rise higher than previously believed by the end of this century, due to rapidly melting ice from Antarctica. Using sophisticated computer models, American researchers...
Critically ill patients disturbed every six minutes at night in noisy hospital wards
"Yet our research found that during the day, noise levels in an intensive care units are equivalent to those of a busy restaurant. "While things are quieter at night, we still found that sounds louder...
Arctic Sea Ice Max Hits Record Lows Again
For the second straight year, maximum Arctic sea ice levels are at the lowest levels ever recorded. The new numbers were announced Monday by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), and NASA. At...
Arctic sea ice reaches another record low
Arctic sea ice has reached "a record low" for the second year running, says Nasa.Nasa's National Snow and Ice Data Centre found that the cap of ice above the Arctic peaked at 14.52 million square kilometres...
A graphene patch that monitors and possibly treats diabetes
Hui Won Yun, Seoul National UniversityDiabetes is growing into a global public health crisis, one that places enormous economic burdens on many nations. Once thought of as a disease that typically strikes...
This skin patch uses graphene and sweat to help diabetes sufferers
Diabetes is one of the fastest growing health threats in the world and a new wearable wants to make monitoring the disease much easier.Korean researchers have invented a patch that sits on the wrist of...
Snapping shrimps make less noise in acidifying oceans
Ready to snap?D. P. Wilson/FLPASnap, crackle, hush. Snapping shrimps – which produce ubiquitous crackles that guide fish larvae to reefs – may become quieter by the end of the century. This is a likely...
Highest ever annual rise in carbon dioxide levels recorded
Mauna Loa Observatory in HawaiiNOAAIt is not just temperature records that are falling. The average carbon dioxide level recorded at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, during February 2016 was 404.02 parts per million...
New Hitman trailer teases unplayable segments, angers aspiring assassins
The launch trailer for the upcoming Hitman is upon us, but don't get too excited: just a portion of what you see will be playable when it releases on March 11.While the trailer features massive sandbox...
Recent sea level rise is the fastest since 800 BCE
NOAAAt the end of the last ice age the oceans rose rapidly, as much of the water trapped in the large ice sheets was returned to the sea. Over the course of the last century, ocean levels rose again as...
Temperatures, Sea Levels on the Rise
Worried about climate change? This isn't your week. In a consequential pairing of bad news, scientists have released new information showing a record rise in sea levels, and record high temperatures in...
Sea levels rising at a rapid pace
WASHINGTON -- Sea levels on Earth are rising several times faster than they have in the past 2,800 years and are accelerating because of man-made global warming, according to new studies.An international...
Sea level rise slowed by parched 'sponge-like' continents
The inevitable rise of global sea levels due to melting glaciers has been 'temporarily' slowed by continents acting as sponges to soak up excess water.But no, that is not good news.Nasa said that its Gravity...
Laser-based blood glucose monitor promises a less prickly way to keep diabetes in check
For a number of years now, various research groups have been examining the potential for lasers applied to the skin to measure blood-glucose levels in an effort to put an end to the daily finger-pricks...
Pic-scanning AI estimates city air pollution from mass of photos
ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images Is it safe to breathe today? In cities such as Singapore, Beijing and New Delhi, where air pollution can reach dangerous levels, this question has become part of everyday...
New Satellite Collects Sea Level Data to Monitor Climate Change
Scientists from the U.S. and Europe have a new eye in the sky monitoring the world's oceans.The Jason-3 satellite, launched on January 17, is the latest satellite to monitor rising sea levels. Scientists...
Study: Exercise Alone Doesn’t Help With Weight Loss
Bad news for those of you who are still trying to work off those holiday pounds: No matter how much exercise you get, if that’s all you do, the needle on your scale is unlikely to move very much. A new...
Paint in children's playgrounds still contains dangerous levels of lead
However scientists at Plymouth found that paint with levels up to 152,000 parts per million were detected in railings, handles and gates. Dr Andrew Turner, Reader in Environmental Science at Plymouth...
Workplace flexibility benefits employees, study says
New research released today shows that workers at a Fortune 500 company who participated in a pilot work flexibility program voiced higher levels of job satisfaction and reduced levels of burnout and psychological...
Increase in ocean acidification could lead to lost fish larvae in quiet reefs
(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers has found evidence that suggests that as the oceans acidify due to increased carbon dioxide levels, some fish larvae may become lost while looking for a home. In...
New wearables track much more than steps or heartbeat
Wearables that count steps and track heartbeats are a dime a dozen these days, but now some new health gadgets are aiming to look inside the body in new ways, to track everything from hydration to hemoglobin...
Smartphone-based system does job of pancreas, treats type 1 diabetes
UVA MedicinePeople suffering from type 1 diabetes may soon be able to ditch constant finger pricks and manual insulin injections—if they have a smartphone on hand, that is. Combined with a tiny sensor...
Ocean engineering students study impact of rising sea levels
It's no secret that rising sea levels and storms are threatening Rhode Island's coastal communities. Now University of Rhode Island students are studying one community that could be hit especially hard:...
Bicyclists have free rein as smog-bound Milan bans private cars
MILAN - Bicyclists had free rein of Milan's streets Monday during a six-hour ban on private cars in a bid to alleviate persistent smog. Pollution levels in Italy's business capital have exceeded levels...
Why the best Mars colonists could come from places like Iran and Brazil - CNET
Enlarge ImageMars colonists will need to stand up to heavy doses of radiation. NASA On Monday, NASA officially opened an application window for the next generation of American astronauts it hopes to send...
Who promised what climate pledges?
Some 185 countries submitted pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ahead of UN climate talks aiming to close Friday with a historic climate deal. Some 185 countries submitted pledges to reduce greenhouse...
Delhi outlines traffic ban plan to curb pollution
The government announced last week it will restrict private car use on alternate days on the basis of license plates from January 1, a measure to check air pollution levels in the Indian capital of New...
Climate pledges: Who's doing what?
Voluntary pledges to curb greenhouse gases made by 183 nations are aimed at capping global warming at two degrees Celsius over pre-Industrial Revolution levels As the Paris climate summit opens, 183 countries...
Apple delays the launch of first ever original show 'Carpool Karaoke'
Reuters reported that the premiere party for the show was scheduled in March in Los Angeles but was postponed days before it was set to take place. Apple delayed the party again this week and it is now...
Apple has NASA engineers working on its AR glasses
Apple's casting the net wide when it comes to hiring the right people to get its nascent augmented reality project off the ground.According to a new report from Bloomberg, the company has been tapping...
Apple has reportedly hired ex-NASA and Tesla staffers to boost its self-driving car effort
Apple has hired former NASA employees, robotics experts and ex-Tesla staffers to form part of its driverless car teams, according to official documents released to two media outlets. On Friday, the Wall...
iPhone 8 rumored production issues could cause delays and shortages
With the Samsung Galaxy S8 out the door and impressing fans on both sides of the iOS / Android divide, the pressure is now on for Apple to deliver something truly special with this year's new iPhone models.However,...
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