One Super Common Bacteria Is Wasting Labs Millions in Research Money

Unless you're a biologist, the bacterium Mycoplasma probably will not strike fear in your heart. Our mouths are teeming with this tiny and usually harmless microbe. But when Mycoplasma finds its way into a petri dish of cells, it becomes a big and expensive headache. A new study finds that 11% of samples in… » 7/30/14 2:54pm 7/30/14 2:54pm

Scientists Make Bricks With Sludge Filtered From Arsenic-Laced Water

Arsenic-contaminated water is a massive problem in the developing world. But, even when you filter it out, the toxic sludge that the process produces often gets dumped right back into the water supply. It's tough to dream up a use for arsenic soup, but one research team finally has: They're making bricks out of it. » 3/31/14 4:00pm 3/31/14 4:00pm

White Graphene: The New Supermaterial That Sucks Up Pollution

There's a new supermaterial in town, and while it might be known as white graphene, it doesn't contain a single atom of carbon. But that doesn't make the new form of boron nitride any less useful—because it can suck chemicals and oil out of contaminated water in a jiffy. » 5/01/13 6:34am 5/01/13 6:34am

Playing In the Sand Could Make You Pay On the Toilet

Some people go to the beach but eschew going into the water because it's "gross". If that's you, then you are a sucker. According to a new EPA study, playing in the sand more than doubles your chances of getting sick. » 2/07/12 1:00pm 2/07/12 1:00pm

Oh Great: Chunks of Fukushima's Corroded Radioactive Uranium Could…

Last march when the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant was disastrously damaged by a tsunami, plant technicians used seawater to cool the meltdown situation. At the time, that was probably the best way to avoid an even worse situation. » 1/27/12 5:40pm 1/27/12 5:40pm

Old People Line Up To Clean Radiation in Japan

Talk about a sacrifice that will warm your heart. A group of older Japanese folks are asking for permission to clean up the contaminated nuclear power station in Fukushima. » 5/31/11 10:00pm 5/31/11 10:00pm

TEPCO Dumping Radioactive Water into the Ocean

Well, I guess there's only so much room in that "mega-float," as TEPCO says they'll be dumping over 11,000 tons of Fukushima's iodine-131 contaminated water directly into the Pacific Ocean—enough to potentially expose the public to a quarter of their recommended yearly dose. [BotAS] » 4/04/11 9:10am 4/04/11 9:10am

How Did One Man Contaminate Half a Billion Eggs, and Why Wasn't He…

A single man—poultry tycoon Austin J. DeCoster—was responsible for this year's salmonella outbreak that sickened almost 2,000 people across 22 states, and forced a recall of half a billion eggs. How did it get to this point? » 9/24/10 10:00am 9/24/10 10:00am

Fart Tanks Fight Methane, Give Al Gore Weird Ideas

Being the world's largest beef producer with 55 million cows, Argentinian scientists tested claims about bovines being one of the worst polluters on the planet thanks to the methane they produce. To do this, they used big pink tanks on top of the cows, connected to their intestines with a tube inserted into their rear… » 7/15/08 11:15am 7/15/08 11:15am