Wear goggles: Children's eye injuries from airsoft guns up sharply

Wear goggles: Children's eye injuries from airsoft guns up sharply

3,000 children were treated in U.S. emergency departments in 2012 for eye injuries related to paintball guns, airsoft guns, BB guns and pellet guns,. That's less than one-third the injuries of swimming pools but advocates in California say that mandates classifying them as dangerous weapons that need stricter regulation.

Tidal tugs on Teflon faults drive slow-slipping earthquakes

Tidal tugs on Teflon faults drive slow-slipping earthquakes

Unknown to most people, the Pacific Northwest experiences a magnitude-6.6 earthquake about once a year. The reason nobody notices is that the movement happens slowly and deep underground, in a part of the fault whose behavior, known as slow-slip, was only recently discovered.

Ocean bacteria get 'pumped up' by dying phytoplankton

Ocean bacteria get 'pumped up' by dying phytoplankton

The ocean has been sucking up heat-trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) building up in our atmosphere--with a little help from tiny plankton. Like plants on land, these plankton convert CO2 into organic carbon via photosynthesis. But unlike land plants that are held fast to terra firma, plankton can sink into the deep ocean, carrying carbon with them. Along the way they decompose when bacteria convert their remains back into CO2.

Incomes are rising and more people will want air conditioning - we need viable green energy

The continual increase in global incomes means people are living more comfortably, including having the ability to afford air conditioning. Staying cool is good but there's a wealth of fallout. The demand for more "AC" will also cause consumers to use more electricity causing stress on energy prices, infrastructure, and environmental policy, according to a new study.

7 percent: Landmark hydropower report from DOE

For the first time, industry and policymakers have a comprehensive report detailing the U.S. hydropower fleet's 2,198 plants that provide about 7 percent of the nation's electricity.

The 98-page report by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers Rocio Uria-Martinez, Patrick O'Connor and Megan Johnson is a resource that describes key features of the nation's hydro resources and systematically tracks trends that have influenced the industry in recent years.

Low birth rate: Claims about the decline of the West are exaggerated

A new paper argues that some countries in Western Europe, and the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have birth rates that are now relatively close to replacement, and that the underlying trend in Europe is upwards, and that population aging, although inevitable, is likely to be 'manageable'.

High-pitched sounds cause seizures in old cats

One of the concerns about the switch from the government-mandated switch from incandescent to fluorescent lighting was that while the ballasts were higher frequency now - humans did not have to hear that annoying hum - they were right in the range that pets still hear.

Unexplained gap in global emissions of potent greenhouse gases solved

Reported emissions of a group of potent greenhouse gases from developed countries are shown to be largely accurate, but for the wrong reasons, according to new findings from an international team, led by researchers at the University of Bristol,UK.

Chilesaurus diegosuarezi: Bizarre 'platypus' dinosaur discovered

Although closely related to the notorious carnivore Tyrannosaurus rex, a new lineage of dinosaur discovered in Chile is proving to be an evolutionary jigsaw puzzle, as it preferred to graze upon plants.

Palaeontologists are referring to Chilesaurus diegosuarezi as a 'platypus' dinosaur because of its extremely bizarre combination of characters that include a proportionally small skull and feet more akin to primitive long-neck dinosaurs.

We're wired to hate dieting

If you're finding it difficult to stick to a weight-loss diet, scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus say you can likely blame hunger-sensitive cells in your brain known as AGRP neurons. According to new experiments, these neurons are responsible for the unpleasant feelings of hunger that make snacking irresistible.