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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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Nix the Florida Tarball
20 May 2010 4:46 pm
It was indeed a tarball that was collected from a Florida Keys beach, but the U.S. Coast Guard has analyzed it and found that it is not from the Gulf spill. Makes oceanographic sense. Only in the past couple of days have NOAA and French scientists independently analyzed satellite data and concluded that an eddy has swept a tendril of, in NOAA's words, "non contiguous sheens and scattered tarballs" to the near edge of the Loop Current. That's the one that swings through the Gulf and out through the Florida Strait, passing by the Keys. If the Loop Current does pick up some oil, it would be some days before it reaches the vicinity of Florida.