The basic assumption that everyone has a unique fingerprint from which they can be quickly identified through a computer database is flawed, says Mike Silverman the Home Office’s former Forensic Science Regulator
Oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster is now linked to heart defects in both tuna and amberjack, according to a recent National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) study.
"We can now say with certainty that oil causes cardiotoxicity in fish," Stanford University fisheries biologist Barbara Block said during a news conference on the study, which was also published in the esteemed Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
A recent University of South Florida study shows oil from BP's disaster has floated underwater all the way down to Florida's Sanibel Island (nearly all the way to the southern tip of Florida), sickening fish along the way. Meanwhile, a large mat of submerged oil, also confirmed as being from BP's disaster, was found on a Florida beach before over 1,300 pounds of it were removed.
Insects living in wetland grasses along Louisiana's coast that was oiled in the aftermath of BP's disaster are still dying, according to a recent study by a Louisiana State University entomologist. The recent deaths, she says, are a result of exposure to oil that has remained in the marsh almost four years after the disaster began.
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The United States plans to deploy troops to Poland and Estonia to conduct drills with its allies, amid rising tensions between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine, report says.
The US is to send 150 troops to participate in nearly two weeks of military exercises, The New York Times reported.
The planned exercises by the US are part of a broader NATO plan to expand its presence in East Europe.
Over the past two months, the US has beefed up its presence in East Europe as Ukraine grapples with spiraling crisis. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Thursday that the US will continue to boost its military presence in the Black Sea.
General Philip Breedlove, head of US forces in Europe, said earlier this week that NATO would continue to augment its presence in East Europe.
“We’ve had a paradigm shift, change, gone through a period where I think we thought we were past the time when military force would be used to change international borders in Europe,” he said.
The US Air Force said recently it plans to deploy 18 fighter jets, already based in Europe, to Poland for joint maritime exercises at Lask Air Base in the Black Sea.
Tensions between the Western powers and Moscow heightened after Crimea declared independence from Ukraine and formally applied to become part of the Russian Federation following a referendum on March 16, in which nearly 97 percent of voters in Crimea said yes to reunion with Russia.
Russia said on Saturday that NATO’s further enlargement will change European security structure, posing a serious threat to Moscow.
Relations between Russia and NATO have been at their worst since Crimea's reunification with Russia.
A new sort of inflatable wind turbine that floats thousands of feet above the ground could be a powerful source of sustainable, low cost energy say engineers.
Altaeros Energies’ Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) may look like a novelty bouncy castle, but when launched into the air it becomes a floating turbine, held in a strong, helium inflated chassis and soaring twice as high as traditional fixed turbines.
Scientists are warning that wheat is facing a serious threat from a fungal disease that could wipe out the world’s crop if not quickly contained. Wheat rust, a devastating disease known as the “polio of agriculture”, has spread from Africa to South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe, with calamitous losses for the world’s second most important grain crop, after rice. There is mounting concern at the dangers posed to global food security.
Experts have been aware of the threat since a major epidemic swept across North America’s wheat belt in the 1950s, destroying up to 40 per cent of the crop. Since then, tens of millions of pounds have been invested in developing rust-resistant varieties of the grain. However, an outbreak in Uganda in 1999 was discovered to have been caused by a virulent mutation of the fungus. There has been alarm at the speed at which further mutations have subsequently developed and spread across continents.
Plant scientists in Britain estimate the latest developments mean that 90 per cent of all current African wheat varieties are now vulnerable to the disease.
Green MP and four co-defendants found not guilty of obstructing public highway and public order offences during protestsCaroline Lucas, the Green party MP, has been found not guilty of obstructing a public highway and a public order offence during high-profile anti-fracking protests.
As she and four co-defendants walked free from court, she said: "The action we took was for all of our futures" as she pledged to continue to fight against fracking.
Lucas, 53, the MP for Brighton Pavilion, was among a group of protesters who had linked arms outside energy company Cuadrilla's exploratory oil drilling site in Balcombe, West Sussex, in August.
During the trial at Brighton magistrates court alongside four co-defendants, she said she "wanted to express solidarity" by protesting peacefully.
She was found not guilty of the two charges she faced – wilful obstruction of a public highway and breaching an order under section 14 of the Public Order Act.
One million cubic metres of waste near Sellafield are housed at a site that was a mistake, admits Environment Agency
Britain's nuclear dump is virtually certain to be eroded by rising sea levels and to contaminate the Cumbrian coast with large amounts of radioactive waste, according to an internal document released by the Environment Agency (EA).
The document suggests that in retrospect it was a mistake to site the Drigg Low-Level Waste Repository (LLWR) on the Cumbrian coast because of its vulnerability to flooding. "It is doubtful whether the location of the LLWR site would be chosen for a new facility for near-surface radioactive waste disposal if the choice were being made now," it says.
The EA document estimates that the one million cubic metres of radioactive waste disposed of over the last 55 years by the civil and military nuclear industry at the site, near the Sellafield nuclear complex in west Cumbria, is going to start leaking on to the shoreline in "a few hundred to a few thousand years from now".
The agency voices concerns about "the potential appearance on the beach and in its accessible surroundings, during the process of erosion, of discrete items carrying a significant burden of radioactivity individually". They could range from tiny particles to larger objects such as hand tools that have become contaminated during use at Britain's nuclear sites then subsequently disposed of at Drigg, the document says.