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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,...
John Glenn, the last of the Mercury Seven astronauts, has died
reader comments 15 Share this story John Glenn using the Celestial Training Device during Mercury training to identify constellations. NASA Ohio native and American hero John Glenn, during the Project...
Less pollution makes for less mercury in Atlantic bluefin tuna
Enlarge / Sushi, anyone?myke lyons reader comments 0 Share this story Pollution can seem like a vague, general problem, but sometimes it is specific and personal. People with asthma living in some major...
Hazy Little Asteroid Called Freddie Mercury
The asteroid was first discovered in 1991, the year of Mercury's death, and will now be known as "Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury" after receiving special designation from the International Astronomical...
Lightning strikes: Thunderstorms spread mercury pollution
Thunderstorms have 50 percent higher concentrations of mercury than other rain events, new research shows. Mercury is a naturally occurring chemical element that is used in several devices such as thermometers,...
Most volcanic activity on Mercury stopped about 3.5 billion years ago
New research finds that major volcanic activity on the planet Mercury most likely ended about 3.5 billion years ago. These findings add insight into the geological evolution of Mercury in particular, and...
Rare Sight of Mercury Passing in Front of Sun
Something happened Monday in our solar system that only happens about once every 13 years. The tiny planet Mercury passed in front of the sun, giving scientists a better understanding of the planet and...
Mercury’s rare transit stuns stargazers
It happens only 13 times in a century, and takes about seven-and-a-half hours when the planet Mercury makes a ?transit? across the surface of the sun ? or, at least, that?s the way it looks from Earth,...
Mercury in retrograde: What it really means
For people of the astrological persuasion, few planetary trends are as noteworthy as Mercury in retrograde. As the solar system's smallest planet appears to reverse through the sky, you'll hear it blamed...
Mercury Begins Transit Across Sun
In a rare cosmic occurrence, Mercury has begun to move across the sun. It’s called the transit of Mercury, and it started at around 7 a.m. local time in Washington. During the event, the smallest planet...
Transit of Mercury across the sun begins
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Mercury has begun a relatively rare move across the sun.The transit of Mercury got underway just after 7 a.m. on the east coast with the smallest planet appearing as a tiny black...
The world didn’t end as predicted
On May 9 spectators around the world will have the chance to witness a rare celestial phenomenon when the planet Mercury slowly passes in front of the sun. WSJ's Monika Auger reports. Photo: NASA This...
How To See Mercury Passing The Sun
Mercury only passes in front of the Sun a few times every century, and the last time was a decade ago. While the celestial event is visible from most of Western Europe and North America on Monday 9 May...
Will the world end on May 9?
This composite image of observations by NASA and the ESA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory shows the path of Mercury during its November 2006 transit. On Monday, May 9, 2016, the solar system's smallest,...
Have you seen Mercury as a dot? You can this Monday
Comments By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:May 7, 2016 1:01 pm Mercury will be seen as a small black dot travelling from one limb of the solar disc to the other (Source: NASA) Planet Mercury will be seen...
Rare space sighting: Mercury's transit of the sun
Mercury will cross the sun's face from Earth's perspective on Monday, May 9, in the first such "transit" since 2006, and the last until 2019.Most of the world will be in position to witness Monday's Mercury...
You taste like mercury, said the spider to the fly
More mercury than previously thought is moving from aquatic to land food webs when stream insects are consumed by spiders, a new study shows. The findings shed new light on the influence of dissolved organic...
Mystery solved: Why Mercury is so dark
Mercury is the planet closest to the dazzling light of the sun. So why is its colour so dark? Scientists think they've finally figured out the answer, which relates to something that happened billions...
Doomed Probe's Final Act Solves Mercury Mystery
As NASA's Messenger spacecraft spiralled to its doom on the surface of Mercury, it sent back a final cache of data which may have solved the mystery of the planet's dark hue. Mercury is one of the darkest...
Mercury once had a graphite crust floating on a sea of magma
Blue signifies areas of Mercury that reflect the least lightNASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of WashingtonTo brighten up the innermost planet, you might need...
Rare 5 planet line-up best viewed this week
The next few days present your best chance to catch a rare view of five planets lined up in a row across the sky. For the past two weeks, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter — all five planets visible...
A green process for extracting gold
A research team at the University of Saskatchewan has found what may be an inexpensive and environmentally-friendly way of recycling gold from jewelry and electronics. Using a solution of what is essentially...
Five planets align in spectacular celestial show
When is the best time to see the alignment? Astronomers say the best view is likely to be on the morning of February 5. Send your pictures and videos of the planetary alignment to firstname.lastname@example.org...
Pune astronomers share tips to view cosmic treat that begins today
Comments Written by Alifiya Khan | Pune | Published:January 31, 2016 7:30 am One just needs to get up one-and-a-half hour before sunrise and the five planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn,...
Five Planets to Align in Celestial Show
Starting Wednesday and lasting for about one month, five planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will all be visible in the morning sky. Moreover, the planets are expected to be quite bright...
Manmade mercury emissions decline 30 percent from 1990-2010
Between 1990 and 2010, global mercury emissions from manmade sources declined 30 percent, according to a new study by the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Peking...
Global mercury emissions fall after restrictions in North America, Europe
New research says restrictions on mercury in North America and Europe have significantly reduced atmospheric levels of the potent neurotoxin around the world despite large emission increases in Asia....
Global Mercury Emissions Drop 30% as Coal Use Declines, Report Shows
Global emissions of mercury from man-made sources fell 30 percent from 1990 to 2010, in part from decreasing use of coal, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported Wednesday. The greatest decline of...
Good news: We’ve accidentally cut mercury pollution
US DOECoal-fired plants and other human activities release mercury into the environment, where some of it ends up converted into methyl mercury, a potent neurotoxin. Because of this toxicity, the Environmental...
Global reductions in mercury emissions should lead to billions in economic benefits for US
Mercury pollution is a global problem with local consequences: Emissions from coal-fired power plants and other sources travel around the world through the atmosphere, eventually settling in oceans and...
Research links inorganic mercury exposure to damaged cell processes
Stephen LaVoie at the University of Georgia studies inorganic mercury, which is known to cause neurological, kidney and autoimmune diseases. Credit: Dorothy Kozlowski/University of Georgia University...
Air pollutions control policies effective in improving downwind air quality
Emissions controls on coal-fired power plants are making a difference in reducing exposure of mercury to people, especially in the western Maryland community. A study of air quality from the University...
The bizarre ‘chemical’ on IS shopping list
Islamic State is reportedly on a wild-goose chase for a substance that doesn’t exist. RED mercury is believed by some to be the ultimate chemical weapon in existence. It’s thought to harness an unparalleled...
New study reveals that Mercury experiences yearly meteor showers
According to a new study, the planet Mercury experiences regular meteor showers at roughly the same time each year, as it moves through a trail of dust thrown off by the ancient comet Encke. The work...
Mercury gets a meteoroid shower from Comet Encke
The planet Mercury is being pelted regularly by bits of dust from an ancient comet, a new study has concluded. This has a discernible effect in the planet's tenuous atmosphere and may lead to a new paradigm...
New material created from orange peel cleans up mercury pollution
Since the beginning of the industrial age, mercury pollution has increased steadily in our environment, particularly in rivers and oceans. As a result, high-level predators in our waterways often contain...
Colour-change polymer offers sustainable solution to mercury contamination
Credit: The Lead South Australia Australian scientists have developed a new material made from inexpensive industrial by-products to remove mercury from soil and water. Mercury leaching into the environment...
Best space events of 2015 and 2016 - in 90 seconds
But what major space events are due in 2016? The next total solar eclipse - where the moon completely blocks the Sun, revealing the Sun's outer atmosphere known as the corona - happens on March 9 2016....
Google’s AlphaGo is playing the world Go champ in China, but nobody can watch it there
WUZHEN, China -- China is hosting a hotly anticipated tournament of Go – a complex, ancient Chinese board game – against a powerful Google computer program, but nobody inside the country can watch. Ke...
Google makes it easier to share photos, notes and more with family members
Because constantly swapping passwords and usernames can be a pain, (if not also a security risk) Google is adding new ways for families to share with each other while still staying logged-on to their...
DeepMind’s AI beats world’s best Go player in latest face-off
Ke Jie deep in concentration during the first matchWU HONG/EPA/REX/ShutterstockBy Matt ReynoldsAlphaGo is at it again. Google DeepMind’s Go-playing AI has defeated Ke Jie, the world’s number one player,...
Google's AlphaGo A.I. beats world's number one in ancient game of Go
This week's games between AlphaGo and Ke are being live streamed by Google online, but Chinese censors already block access to Google and its services, such as Gmail and YouTube, in the country. Chinese...
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