A new report by the US Environmental Protection Agency concludes that hydraulic fracturing is capable of contaminating drinking water at virtually every stage in the process. The admission won't sit well with President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to expand the controversial practice.
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Video: If watching dry ice sublimate is already one of life's pleasures, what can we call the joy of watching dry ice being submerged in water? Never seen it? Forgotten what it looks like? Well, watch this whole brick of dry ice get stuck underwater and check out how the carbon dioxide gas just bubbles up to the surface while forming a slithery, almost refractive layer around the dry ice. The dry ice almost takes an amorphous shape.
Video: Watching dry ice sublimate (turn into gas instead of liquid) still manages to make me feel like a kid again. The kind of kid who is unsure of the difference between science and magic. OK, not quite ... I'm old now and it's impossible to ever look at things so innocently any more. But when I see the carbon dioxide gas immediately escape the frozen dry ice, I can't help but be entranced. Especially when it's shot up close like this.
For the first time ever, the United States Geological Survey has published earthquake hazard maps that includes both human-induced as well as naturally occurring earthquakes. USGS maps had previously only featured natural earthquake hazards, but thanks to the alarming rise of man-made quakes, the scientific body has now started to track both kinds.
Video: It's flame retardant tinsel (which has absolutely no chance of standing up to the mighty red hot nickel ball), which probably explains why the smoke it releases looks so damn toxic. I mean, the smoke is so thick that it looks like it's a yellow green grey sludge and not actually smoke. Inhaling one puff of that smog's fart must knock you out cold and re-arrange your sense of smell for life.
By 2030 renewable energy sources such as solar and wind will cost a similar amount to fossils fuels such as coal and gas, thanks to falling technology costs, according to new forecasts released in the CO2CRC’s Australian Power Generation Technology (APGT) Report.