After years of pressure from environmental groups, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to ban sulfuryl fluoride by 2014.Sulfuryl fluoride is used to fumigate places where food is stored, and the stuff gets sprayed on grains, dried fruit, coffee, cocoa beans and nuts.The problem with sul
Back in 2007, as part of a crowd-sourced study program called Galaxy Zoo, a Dutch school teacher discovered a very odd celestial object: It looked like a great, green blob floating in space and at the time it was inexplicable.Today, thanks to the Hubble telescope, we have an unbelievable picture of
Recent back-to-back incidents of thousands of plummeting blackbirds from Arkansas and Louisiana skies have raised concern and theories on what caused their deaths.Scientists in a Madison, Wis., lab are investigating both cases, working to unravel the sometimes puzzling demise of all sorts of creatur
With birds dropping willy-nilly out of the sky, blackbirds in Arkansas, jackdaws in Sweden, turtledoves in Italy, people are wondering if something has gone seriously and dangerously wrong. What are these birds telling us?
Water systems across the country are changing the way they disinfect drinking water because the traditional disinfectant, chlorine, can leave behind toxic chemicals.But alternatives to chlorine are turning out to have risks of their own, says a scientist who wrote an analysis in the journal Scie