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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,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
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...
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New Light on Spilled Oil, But Only a Bit
20 August 2010 1:05 pm
A widely reported paper in Science this week shows that microbes were not rapidly degrading the oil in a plume streaming from the blown-out BP well in late June. That would seem to contradict a recent federal multi-agency report that stated that spilled oil was "biodegrading quickly."
But the current picture of what's happening to oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico is far murkier than usually portrayed in the media. The more encouraging data that will presumably back up the federal optimism has not yet been made public. Indeed, much data has yet to be released or even taken as oceanographers chase oil plumes hundreds of kilometers from the well.
"We have snapshots of data from different time periods" and different places, says environmental engineer Nancy Kinner of the University of New Hampshire, Durham. "We have yet to get all the data together in one place where we can look at it as a time series to understand what's going on."