Could the accident that caused a deadly explosion at the West, Texas fertilizer plant occur elsewhere? According to a report by the US Congressional Research Service, thousands of facilities across the country risk harming nearby populations.
Along with destroying homes on the New Jersey and New York waterfront and leaving parts of New York City powerless for weeks, Hurricane Sandy exposed the vulnerability of the region’s sewage system by dumping billions of gallons of waste into the water.
NASA released spectacular new images of a hurricane swirling at Saturn’s north pole captured by Cassini spacecraft. The storm 20 times the size of Hurricane Sandy has puzzled scientists, and may give an insight into how terrestrial hurricanes are formed.
While many questions remain following ExxonMobil’s March 29 tar sands oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas, a new independent study has revealed the existence of high levels of cancer-causing chemicals in the area.
Authorities involved in the ongoing investigation of the Boston Marathon attacks have identified female DNA on pieces of explosives used in the incident, though investigators caution against jumping to conclusions.
UK and US scientists are seeking to alter the genes of dairy cows in order to make them hornless. The modification is meant to make the livestock safer to deal with, and spare them the painful de-horning practice currently used by farmers.