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"NASA Finds New Form of Life -- on Earth"

"At a 2 p.m. news conference streamed live over the Web, scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said they found microbes in the mud beneath a California lake that can use arsenic -- usually considered toxic -- rather than phosphorus as one of the building blocks of its DNA. Phosphorus is one of the elements that sustains all other life forms on earth."

Source: Miami Herald, 12/03/2010
January 19, 2011 to January 21, 2011

Our Changing Oceans - NCSE's 11th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment

The conference will provide a forum, divided into eight themes, to address the crisis facing our oceans, new knowledge and innovative tools to address the challenge, and the policy and governance needed to restore and protect the oceans.

January 31, 2011

DEADLINE: Metcalf Institute Fellowships/Science Seminar: Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster

Gain hands-on knowledge of oceanographic techniques in labs and on board the R/V Acadiana and discuss the latest research on the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster with leading experts. The seminar, April 6-8, 2011, is tuition free and includes room and board. Deadline: January 31, 2011.

 

"Troposphere Is Warming Too, Decades Of Data Show"

"Not only is Earth's surface warming, but the troposphere -- the lowest level of the atmosphere, where weather occurs -- is heating up too, U.S. and British meteorologists reported on Monday." The findings may put to rest a 20-year-old controversy over differences between satellite and surface measurements of warming.

Source: Reuters, 11/16/2010

EPA Chemical Health Hazards Program Has 55-Year Backlog: Report

"Eighteen months after the Environmental Protection Agency announced reforms to its controversial process for evaluating health hazards posed by dangerous chemicals, significant problems continue to hamper the program and leave the public at risk, according to a new report by a nonprofit research group."

Source: Center for Public Integrity, 11/11/2010

"Scientists Join Forces in a Hostile Climate"

"In the face of  probes by a state attorney general, hints of  hostile congressional hearings and assaults from  critics in the blogosphere, hundreds of members of the American Geophysical Union are forming a rapid-response team aiming to challenge disinformation and misinformation deployed in the policy wars over global warming."

Source: Dot Earth, 11/08/2010

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