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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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NRC: Gulf Spill Resulted From 'Insufficient Consideration of Risk'
17 November 2010 9:06 am
In an interim report on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill released this morning, a committee of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council finds that “numerous decisions to proceed toward abandonment [of the well] despite indications of hazard … suggest an insufficient consideration of risk and a lack of operating discipline.” The committee also questioned “the adequacy of operating knowledge on the part of key personnel.”
A press conference on the report, which was released early after an embargo break, will be held at 1 p.m. EDT. The full report is not expected until June.
For more on the gulf oil spill, see our full coverage.