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Many workers are inadvertently taking home toxic residues

A new study investigates the risks surrounding 'take-home' exposures, that is with workers who are exposed to various toxic contaminants as part of their job and then inadvertently bring this home, posing a risk to themselves and their families.

Big increase in potent greenhouse gases reported

A new study finds that levels of potent greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere have been increasing. The upward trajectory contrasts earlier reports which had signalled a reduction. The new data raises environmental concerns.

Climate crisis threatens 60 percent of toxic Superfund sites

Washington - Hundreds of polluted Superfund sites face an increased risk of inundation from sea-level rise, flooding exacerbated by global warming or wildfires, Congress’s watchdog warns.

Blood swimming nanobots eliminate toxins

Medical technologists have constructed nano-sized and ultrasound powered robotic devices that are capable of traversing through a viscous fluid like blood to eliminate pathogens and toxic by-products.

Mushroom toxin fights cancer

Scientists have taken one of the most deadly toxins, extracted from a fungus, and demonstrated that the chemical can be used with the treatment of certain types of cancer.

Wood-based filter removes toxic dye from water

Scientists from the research institute Maryland NanoCenter have developed a wood-based filter, designed to remove toxic dyes from water.

Leopard sharks dying in large numbers in San Francisco bay

San Francisco - For the second year in a row, large numbers of leopard sharks, along with some halibut and bat rays, have been found along the shorelines of the San Francisco Bay in California.

California's Salton Sea may get $400 million make-over

Sacramento - On Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown's administration floated a proposal for a plan that would cost taxpayers about $400 million over 10 years to slow the shrinking of the state's largest manmade lake.

Deploying lasers to sniff out toxic gas

The days of using dogs to sniff out toxic substances could be about to end. Scientists have pioneered a new approach for toxic gas detection based on infrared lasers, and the scientific explanation is at the quantum level.

Risk factors linking children and lead poisoning

Despite a raft of legislation over the past few decades, lead poisoning remains a risk to children. This is because of the multiple potential sources of exposure. Researchers have highlighted some concerns.

Are Americans at risk from unsafe drinking water?

Washington - The drinking water supplied to over six million people in the U.S. could be unsafe, according to new research. This is based on a review of chemicals present in the water.

Time to get clean on pharma pollution?

Most countries do not have any legal limits for the control of pollution from drugs during their manufacture, use and disposal. Some people are now calling for urgent action.

The strange case of the peanut factory fire

Northampton - England’s health agency has issued a new review into chemical hazards and poisons. Deep within the report is an interesting case of a peanut factory fire. Here there was an unusual risk.

Drinking and recreational waters under threat from toxic algae

Toxic cyanobacteria blooms, or blue-green algae blooms are often poorly monitored and have become an under-appreciated health risk, not only in the U.S. but worldwide. There are several factors contributing to the concerns.

Pollution from mine worse than previously estimated: EPA

Durango - An abandoned Colorado mine has polluted regional streams and rivers with some 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater, Environmental Protection Agency officials acknowledged Sunday.

Cracking down on recreation water infection

Bethesda - The weather’s getting hotter and many people like to play and swim in public pools. Sometimes these communal areas can be sites of contamination and infection. The CDC has offered new advice.

New insight into how bombardier beetles attack

By deploying advanced super-speed X-ray videos, scientists have revealed how bombardier beetles use and fire their toxic sprays.

Gut bacteria by-products can trigger heart failure

A chemical produced by intestinal bacteria has been linked to heart failure, according to a new study. The chemical and heart risk link has been established previously, but the association with bacteria is new.

Deadly toxins found improperly stored, forgotten in NIH, FDA labs

Bethesda - Officials are confirming that an alarming number of improperly stored vials containing highly dangerous pathogens have been located in various federal government laboratories.

Biblical plague of Locusts hits Madagascar three years in a row

As in the eighth plague described in the Bible's Book of Exodus, locusts are swarming over Madagascar for the third year in a row. Thick, black clouds blot out the sun as they gobble up crops and ravage the countryside until nothing is left.

Huge, venomous new jellyfish found off of Australian coast

With huge spiders and deadly snakes nature in Australia is already a bit unforgiving. Keesingia gigas is the name of a new type of jellyfish which is adding to the danger with venomous stings.

Tar-sands may be an unwanted part of many Canadian diets

Many Canadians, and even possibly some Americans, may be ingesting tar-sands from water and the meat of animals who had already been poisoned by it.

Fighting food-poisoning: taking on botulism

Irvine - The means by which bacterial toxins that cause food-borne botulism are absorbed through the intestinal lining and into the bloodstream has been discovered by researchers. This could lead to a new way of blocking the toxin.

Why did Illinois ban microbeads?

Illinois legislators recently banned microbeads in soap and not without reason. These tiny structures have a tendency to soak up toxins and fish love to eat them.

Protecting plants from toxins

Lisbon - Zinc is essential for plant growth and development, but if too much of the metal are present in the soil, it can become toxic to the plant. Researchers have discovered a novel genetic mechanism that protects plants from toxic zinc levels.

Detoxifying role of Earth’s bacteria

Bacteria can do something that is quite unusual, they are able to detoxify a class of amino acids produced by plants and animals. Without this process occurring, the planet would be poisoned.

Venom from deadly sea snail may be cure for chronic nerve pain

A recent study lead by Australian researcher has shown that proteins discovered in Cone Snail venom could potentially prove to be a stronger pain killer than morphine, and have fewer side effects and lower risk of abuse.

Biodiversity loss can lead to toxin build up in soil

A new study suggests that a moderate loss of less than 5 percent of soil microbes may compromise some key ecosystem functions and could lead to lower degradation of toxins in the environment.

Does sleep 'wash out' the brain?

Does sleep help the body to wash away toxins and other unwanted chemicals? New research suggests that sleep clears out interstitial clutter in the mouse brain.

Secrets of typhoid fever revealed

Typhoid is one of the world's oldest and most deadly diseases. Until recently scientists have not fully understood why it is so potent. New research sheds some new light on the old killer.
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Blue-green algae in waters of Lake Erie
Blue-green algae in waters of Lake Erie
Skiatook Lake  Okla. site showing the damage caused by  produced water.  The damage to the land is u...
Skiatook Lake, Okla. site showing the damage caused by "produced water." The damage to the land is untold, monetarily, but is obvious.
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