Cholera: Haiti’s latest scourge

Cholera: Haiti’s latest scourge

Cholera can kill with record speed. The bacterium is easy to control — if wastewater and drinking water are treated. Haiti — More »

Plumbing ancient Mayan plumbing!

Plumbing ancient Mayan plumbing!
A small constriction in a buried pipe shows that the Maya were using pressurized pipes before year 750. It’s more proof that when it More »

Cholera strikes Haiti, spreads

Cholera strikes Haiti, spreads
As Haiti copes with thousands of deaths, scientists try to understand how weather affects cholera, and how to battle a feces-borne More »

Toms River

Toms River

An outbreak of leukemia in New Jersey led to a long investigation and cleanup, but nobody could conclusively pin the blame. More »

When dead men speak…

When dead men speak…

How do bones, isotopes, historic records, DNA and grave goods tell us about the dead, royal and otherwise?? More »

Fixing filthy beaches

Fixing filthy beaches

Most water pollution originates in polluted runoff. After a near-record number of beach closures, could green infrastructure convert More »

Fracking fracas

Fracking fracas

A high-pressure rock-buster caused natural gas production to explode. How does fracking work? What’s up with groundwater pollution? More »

Nuclear nightmare in Japan

Nuclear nightmare in Japan

With three nuclear reactors and three pools of spent fuel teetering on the edge of meltdown, Japanese technicians struggled to throttle More »

Hangover: Getting to the root of pain

Hangover: Getting to the root of pain

It’s as sure as sunrise. Drink too much, and you’ll pay next morning: lassitude, nausea, headache, dizziness, and more specialized More »

Bathed in poison!

Bathed in poison!

All life requires oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur, carbon, hydrogen and phosphorus. Until now. Bacteria in a toxic California lake that have More »

State of the rivers: Ruinous?

State of the rivers: Ruinous?

Rivers bring water. They house amazing biodiversity. And they are being polluted, tapped, dammed and diverted at a frightening rate. More »

Plankton swim, then fly

Plankton swim, then fly
If you're small, surface tension matters more than gravity. Now we understand why only large copepods can swim into the air! More »