Archive for August 17th, 2017:

Fracking: Shale rock professor says UK gas reserves ‘hyped’

Image copyright AFP The gas reserves in shale rocks in the UK have been “hyped”, an academic said. Professor John Underhill from Heriot-Watt University said the UK’s potential shale deposits were likely to have been disrupted by shifts in the earth 55 million years ago. He said the government would be wise to formulate a

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Freeze-dried dung gives clue to Asian elephant stress

Image copyright SANJEETA SHARMA POKHAREL Image caption Researchers freeze-dried samples on site for later analysis “Collecting fresh faecal samples is not as easy as it may sound,” says researcher Sanjeeta Sharma Pokharel. But her efforts have helped scientists in India devise a unique, non-invasive way to monitor the physiological health of wild elephants. The key

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The algae that terraformed Earth

Image copyright Stuart Hay/ANU Image caption The biomolecules were contained in oil extracted from deeply buried rock A planetary takeover by ocean-dwelling algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth. That’s what geochemists argue in Nature this week, on the basis of invisibly small traces of biomolecules dug up from

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