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Why Was the Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion So Deadly?

The substance that killed up to 15 people, injured 180 and wrecked the buildings in a five-block radius is the same stuff that makes the beans and barley grow. But not all fertilizers are equally dangerous...

April 26, 2013 — Jillian Scharr and TechNewsDaily

How Eerie Sea-Ice "Brinicles" Form

When salt-rich water leaks out of sea ice, it sinks into the sea and can occasionally create an eerie finger of ice called a brinicle. New research explains how these strange fingers of ice form and how the salty water within sea ice could have been a prime environment in which life may have evolved...

April 26, 2013 — Douglas Main, LiveScience and OurAmazingPlanet

Ted Turner Defends Prairie Underdogs [Excerpt]

An excerpt from Todd Wilkinson's latest book looks at the media magnate’s almost evangelical efforts to save the prairie dog—a passion that has earned him converts to his cause as well as the enmity of his fellow ranchers...

April 26, 2013 — Todd Wilkinson

Europe Set to Vote on Pesticide Ban to Save Honeybees

A proposed ban of pesticides called neonicotinoids is gathering scientific support as some experts are calling for more field studies. The goal is to reverse massive honeybee hive die-offs, which also afflict U.S...

April 24, 2013 — Daniel Cressey and Nature magazine

Future of Manufacturing

When we are unable to find what we need in nature, we make it. This in-depth report examines new technologies, materials and methods shaping the future of fabrication

April 22, 2013
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