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Earth Day: Is sewage sludge safe for farm fields'
The use of treated sewage sludge on agricultural land is a well-established if sometimes controversial practice. Researchers are now delving more deeply into biosolids, looking to find any potential contaminants.
Blinded by scientific gobbledygook
I have just written the world’s worst science research paper: More than incompetent, it’s a mess of plagiarism and meaningless garble. Now science publishers around the world are clamouring to publish it. They will distribute it globally and pretend it is
Blood moon eclipse on April 15 is a special event
A rare series of total lunar eclipses begins just after midnight on April 15. Sky watchers are getting ready for an evening of viewing, while some Christians point to what they call a prophecy of Blood Moons.
World Science University wants to teach you physics for free
With online lectures, MOOCs, and open courseware, it's probably never been easier to get access to college-level instruction on a huge variety of topics. But yesterday saw the launch of a new entry dedicated to scientific concepts: the World Science Unive
Asteroid flyby to be streamed live tonight
An asteroid estimated to be the size of three football fields is set for its close-up on a live webcast as it whizzes by Earth on Monday, roughly a year after one exploded over Russia and injured 1,200 people.
Plastic shopping bags make a fine diesel fuel -- ScienceDaily
Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, researchers report. The conversion produces significantly more energy than it requires and results in tr
Nuclear fusion takes key step forward
American scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades.
N.S. biologist W. Ford Doolittle wins $1M Herzberg Medal
W. Ford Doolittle, a Dalhousie University biologist whose ideas about evolution sparked controversy among scientists and caught the attention of creationists, has won the $1 million Herzberg Medal, Canada's top science prize.
Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims
Calls for the closer integration of science in political decision-making have been commonplace for decades. However, there are serious problems in the application of science to policy — from energy to health and environment to education. This list will he
Scientists discover double meaning in genetic code
Scientists have discovered a second code hiding within DNA. This second code contains information that changes how scientists read the instructions contained in DNA and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease. A research team led by Dr. Jo
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