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Your Couch is Trying to Kill You | The Scientist Magazine®

Some homes in the United States still teem with potentially dangerous chemicals that were banned years ago, researchers have found. And they’re coming from the most comfortable seat in the house. For example, the flame retardant PentaBDE, which belongs to a group of compounds called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and was used to make sofas […]

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Environmental Concerns of Modifying Algae for Biofuel Reviewed

As researchers around the world work on better genetic modifications to algae that step up biofuel production, NOAA scientists recently considered some ecological, economic and health ramifications if these organisms made it into the wild. In their paper, the investigators from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean science and partners predict that most genetic traits for enhanced […]

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Golden Algae Toxin Identified, Detection and Monitoring Tools Developed

Researchers finally identified the main toxic compounds produced by Prymnesium parvum, also known as “golden tide.” A fish-killing algae, this organism had historically affected aquaculture and marine systems worldwide, but now also frequently plagues popular fishing spots in the western United States, such as in Arizona last month. Identifying these toxins as well as their primary mode of […]

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Rise of the CyanoHABs

Cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green algae) are proliferating in the U.S. and worldwide, becoming a serious threat to freshwater resources and public health. Results from NCCOS harmful algal bloom programs are uncovering the secrets of why cyanobacteria are so successful so they can be used to develop new strategies to control them. Cyanobacteria, which have […]

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Environmental Health Perspectives: Forecasts Aid HABs Response

Forecasting doesn’t eliminate the need for shellfish resource managers to test and monitor toxicity, but it can help them do so more effectively, says WHOI senior scientist Dennis McGillicuddy, a member of the team that developed HAB forecasting methods for the Gulf of Maine. It can also assist local public health departments in their responses […]

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Explore: Ecological Forecasting

Forecasts are a part of our everyday lives. Weather forecasts help businesses make plans. Economic forecasts help individuals and businesses navigate the uncertainties of the financial world. Similarly, ecological forecasts allow people to answer the “what if” questions in coastal management. Why do we need this? Because our coasts and oceans are constantly changing! Just […]

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New Mosquito Control Poses Risk to Coastal Shrimp

Researchers from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science have discovered that the insecticide etofenprox is toxic to estuarine grass shrimp.  Because this insecticide is touted as a being one of the safer products to use around people and pets, manufacturers and consumers are starting to turn to it for mosquito control. Should use of […]

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Making Waves: Powerful Fish-Killing Toxin May Lead to Human Health Benefits (Episode 36)

In 2002, a mysterious disease began killing fish at a commercial aquaculture facility in North Carolina. Lots of fish. Over 21,000 striped bass died during the outbreak. At the time, no one knew what caused this massive fish kill. Why did it happen? Would it happen again? We now know that the culprit behind the […]

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