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  • A 'Martian' First: Earthworms Born in Mock Mars Soil

    12/05/2017 8:37:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 25 replies ^ | December 4, 2017 07:00am ET | Doris Elin Salazar, Contributor |
    Wieger Wamelink, a biologist at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands, is running plant growth experiments in a mixture of NASA-made Martian soil simulants — made from volcanic terrestrial rocks — and pig manure, to which he added live adult worms. University officials said in a statement that the infant worms are the first offspring of adult worms to be born in a Mars soil simulant. Mars is not a naturally habitable environment for life as we know it, so if humans want to live there long term, Red Planet settlers will have to establish closed ecosystem models....
  • Under Ted Cruz’s own logic, he’s ineligible for the White House

    01/15/2016 5:53:58 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 128 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 01/11/16 | Laurence H. Tribe
    People are entitled to their own opinions about what the definition ought to be. But the kind of judge Cruz says he admires and would appoint to the Supreme Court is an "originalist," one who claims to be bound by the narrowly historical meaning of the Constitution's terms at the time of their adoption. To his kind of judge, Cruz ironically wouldn't be eligible, because the legal principles that prevailed in the 1780s and '90s required that someone actually be born on US soil to be a "natural born" citizen. Even having two US parents wouldn't suffice. And having just...
  • Toxic NJ: The Hidden Liabilities of Hidden Oil Tanks

    12/09/2015 4:23:59 PM PST · by Coleus · 31 replies
    It’s caked in clay, but looks solid enough as the backhoe gently hoists Joan Fitzgerald’s 500-gallon fuel oil tank out of the ground and into the air and deposits it on her front lawn in Clifton. But back in the excavated hole, dark residue stains the dirt and the odor of petroleum is heavy above the pit. "I can smell it," she said. Environmental consultant Steve Rich chops at the clay. Underneath holes appear in the 66-year-old steel. Daylight shines through some that are as big as dimes. "I think, unfortunately, quite a bit of oil might have come out,"...
  • Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy

    08/11/2014 2:42:20 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 34 replies
    Gardening Know-How ^ | May 15, 2014 | Bonnie L. Grant
    Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potentials. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier. Read on to see how dirt makes you happy. Natural remedies have been around for untold centuries. These natural remedies included cures for almost any physical ailment as well as mental and emotional afflictions. Ancient healers may not have known why something worked but simply that it did. Modern scientists...
  • Soil: It's Not a Dirty Word

    01/06/2014 3:46:53 AM PST · by orsonwb · 8 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | Jan. 06, 2014 | Rick Bickling
    Soil covers only 10% of the earth’s surface, but within this small area, all of the world’s crops are produced. It provides the anchor that allows plants to grow upright and is the primary source of water and nutrients for plants. Scientists have identified over 70,000 varieties of soil in the United States alone...
  • Pollution Rising, Chinese Fear for Soil and Food

    12/31/2013 12:24:47 PM PST · by Theoria · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 30 Dec 2013 | Edward Wong
    The farm-to-table process in China starts in villages like this one in the agricultural heartland. Food from the fields of Ge Songqing and her neighbors ends up in their kitchens or in the local market, and from there goes to other provinces. The foods are Chinese staples: rice, cabbage, carrots, turnips and sweet potatoes. But the fields are ringed by factories and irrigated with water tainted by industrial waste. Levels of toxic heavy metals in the wastewater here are among the highest in China, and residents fear the soil is similarly contaminated. Though they have no scientific proof, they suspect...
  • Use Raised Garden Beds to Battle Deer and Dirt

    03/15/2012 4:40:37 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 64 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | March 10, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    One of the best ways to combat the deer, the dirt, and freezing temperatures, while optimizing your available garden space, is with the use of raised garden beds...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Soil Structure Part 1) Vol. 9, March 2, 2012

    03/02/2012 8:10:56 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 127 replies
    Friday, March 2, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    . Good morning fellow gardeners! Here in NE Louisiana the weatherman claims we will reach 90 degrees today. He is really starting to get on my nerves ... doesn't he know that this is the first week of March, for pete's sake? He could shade the truth and tell us it's going to be 68, it's not like he's given bad information before, he does it at least 3 days a week. But, I digress.First off this week, I want to share a link that fanfan, one of our gardening FRiends in Canada, sent to me earlier in the...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Home Sweet Home) Vol. 8, February 24, 2012

    02/24/2012 7:48:38 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 130 replies · 2+ views
    Friday, February 24, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    . Greetings from hot and sticky NE Louisiana! We set a record high yesterday at 89 degrees. I miss the mountains of Montana already. It averaged around 15 degrees while we were there and I was walking around in shirt sleeves. Without the extreme dampness, the cold is really comfortable.I want to extend a big THANK YOU to Red Devil_232 and Ellendra for taking care of the thread in my absence. Y'all did wonderful work and I appreciate your efforts more than you will know. I had expected to be able to post the thread for the past 2...
  • Weekly Gardening Thread (Soil Types) Vol. 4, January 27, 2012

    01/27/2012 10:40:54 AM PST · by JustaDumbBlonde · 85 replies
    January 27, 2012 | JustaDumbBlonde
    I have a dear friend and neighbor who is elderly and not in the best of health. Day in and day out during gardening season she sits at her kitchen table and watches me work in my yard and garden, living vicariously through me. Once or twice a week I'll take her some vegetables and we discuss gardening, which was such an important part of her earlier years. You can see the love of gardening in her eyes every time we have a talk. I asked her one day to tell me the difference between dirt and soil. Soil,...
  • Japan: Fukushima soil decontamination zone may be larger than expected (beyond Fukushima Pref.)

    10/06/2011 5:08:57 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 10/04/11
    Fukushima soil decontamination zone may be larger than expected Topic: Global consequences of Japanese quake The Japanese government said it would lay down new soil pollution standards for the area around the stricken Fukushima nuclear power station, expanding the soil decontamination zone to neighboring prefectures, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper said on Tuesday. "Our goal is to reduce radiation levels to under 1 millisievert. Those areas with radiation levels between 1 millisievert and 5 millisieverts will naturally be covered," said Goshi Hosono, the state minister in charge of the Fukushima nuclear accident. According to a preliminary decontamination plan made last month,...
  • Climate change impact of soil underestimated: study

    02/08/2010 1:05:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 408+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/10 | AFP
    HELSINKI (AFP) – Finnish researchers called for a revision of climate change estimates Monday after their findings showed emissions from soil would contribute more to climate warming than previously thought. "A Finnish research group has proved that the present standard measurements underestimate the effect of climate warming on emissions from the soil," the Finnish Environment Institute said in a statement. "The error is serious enough to require revisions in climate change estimates," it said, adding that all climate models used soil emission estimates based on measurements received using an erroneous method. The institute said that while emissions from soil were...
  • Superdirt Made Lost Amazon Cities Possible

    11/30/2008 3:36:23 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 22 replies · 1,067+ views
    Centuries-old European explorers' tales of lost cities in the Amazon have long been dismissed by scholars, in part because the region is too infertile to feed a sprawling civilization. But new discoveries support the idea of an ancient Amazonian urban network—and ingeniously engineered soil may have made it all possible.
  • New Data Suggest Mars Soil Not As Life-Friendly As Thought

    08/04/2008 6:07:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 155+ views on Yahoo ^ | 8/4/08 | Andrea Thompson
    New results from NASA's Phoenix Mars lander suggest that the surface layers of the Martian arctic region may not be as friendly to life as initial results suggested, NASA said today. Two samples analyzed within the last month by Phoenix's Microscopy, Electrochemistry and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) suggest that the Martian dirt may contain perchlorate, a highly oxidizing substance, which would create a harsh environment for any potential life. The findings stand against the results from MECA's first analysis, which indicated the dirt was Earth-like in certain respects, including its pH and the presence of certain minerals. "Initial MECA analyses suggested...
  • Hardy Earth Bacteria Can Grow In Lunar Soil

    03/14/2008 2:49:39 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 381+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-14-2008 | David Shiga
    Hardy Earth bacteria can grow in lunar soil 00:53 14 March 2008 news service David Shiga, Houston A hardy life form called cyanobacteria can grow in otherwise inhospitable lunar soil, new experiments suggest. Future colonists on the Moon might be able to use the cyanobacteria to extract resources from the soil that could be used to make rocket fuel and fertiliser for crops. NASA plans to send astronauts back to the Moon starting in 2020, with the ultimate aim of setting up a permanent lunar base. Sustaining such a base will be a major challenge, because it is so...
  • Drudge Flash: The soil on Mars may contain microbial life!

    08/23/2007 9:20:12 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 93 replies · 2,309+ views
    DrudgeReport ^ | 8/23/07 | Drudge
    The soil on Mars may contain microbial life! Joop Houtkooper of the University of Giessen, Germany, will declare on Friday the Viking spacecraft may have found signs of a weird life form based on hydrogen peroxide on the subfreezing, arid Martian surface. His analysis of one of the experiments carried out by the Viking spacecraft suggests that 0.1 percent of the Martian soil could be of biological origin. That is roughly comparable to biomass levels found in some Antarctic permafrost, home to a range of hardy bacteria and lichen. Developing....
  • Geology Picture of the Day, October 29-November 4, 2006: Something Different This Way Comes

    10/31/2006 10:06:29 AM PST · by cogitator · 12 replies · 340+ views
    Various | Various
    For today's Halloween GPoW, I challenged myself. I have frequently posted pictures of volcanoes, waterfalls, caves, arches and bridges, canyons, and mountains; I've occasionally veered off that path with landslides, remote-sensing views, and a couple of crystals and minerals. So my challenge was to come up with something DIFFERENT; unusual, photo-worthy, and significant geologically. And also something a bit relevant to Halloween. See if you think I succeeded. All of these are in the United States.
  • Naturally and Safely Treat Contaminated Soil and Water with Natural Enviro 8000 Bioremediation

    10/14/2006 12:30:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 410+ views ^ | October 2, 2006 | NA
       Naturally and Safely Treat Contaminated Soil and Water with Natural Enviro 8000 BioremediationNatural Environmental Systems, LLC announces the addition of Natural Enviro 8000 Bioremediation, for use in the removal of petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents from soil and water, to its existing line of all natural microbial products.(PRWEB) October 2, 2006 -- Natural Environmental Systems, LLC ( the addition of Natural Enviro 8000 Bioremediation, for use in the removal of petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents from soil and water, to its existing line of all natural microbial products. Natural Enviro 8000 is a proprietary blend of microorganisms that have...
  • Taliban official warns of Ramazan attack on US

    10/08/2006 5:27:23 AM PDT · by 1curiousmind · 18 replies · 1,355+ views
    The News International ^ | 10/8/06 | Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman
    PESHAWAR: The head of the Islamabad-based Al-Quds Media Centre has received an audio message from a senior Taliban leader in which he asked Muslims living in the US to leave the country as soon as possible “because God’s punishment would fall on America in the month of Ramazan.” Jamal Ismail, a senior journalist who once worked for Al-Jazeera television channel and is now head of the Al-Quds Media Centre, told The News that he received a phone call Thursday from Taliban leader Mulla Masoom Afghani. “Afghani said he was speaking from somewhere in Kandahar province. He read out the message...
  • Outcry as border guards seize British 'dirty bomb' lorry heading for Iran

    07/24/2006 8:47:37 PM PDT · by Bald Eagle777 · 35 replies · 2,486+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | July 22, 2006 | Jason Lewis
    Border guards seized a British lorry on its way to make a delivery to the Iranian military - after discovering it was packed with radioactive material that could be used to build a dirty bomb. The lorry set off from Kent on its way to Tehran but was stopped by officials at a checkpoint on Bulgaria's northernborder with Romania after a scanner indicated radiation levels 200 times above normal. The lorry was impounded and the Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NPA) was called out. On board they found ten lead-lined boxes addressed to the Iranian Ministry of Defence. Inside each box...