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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
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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.