Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Seahorses discovered in the River Thames - life - 07 April 2008 - New Scientist

http://www.newscientist.com/channel/life/dn13610-seahorses-discovered-in-the-river-thames.html?feedId=online-news_rss20 --- Marine biologists believe seahorses could be breeding in the UK's River Thames as the water becomes cleaner. About five short-snouted seahorses (Hippocampus hippocampus) have been spotted during routine conservation surveys over the last year or so, leading scientists to think they have probably established a resident population.

Smelly sock treatment leaks silver nanoparticles - tech - 07 April 2008 - New Scientist Tech

http://technology.newscientist.com/channel/tech/dn13602-smelly-sock-treatment-leaks-silver-nanoparticles.html?feedId=online-news_rss20 --- Silver nanoparticles added to socks to kill the bacteria associated with smelly feet can easily leak into waste water during washing, a new study reveals. The release of these particles could potentially disrupt helpful bacteria used in waste-water treatment facilities, say some researchers, or endanger aquatic organisms in lakes and streams.

kevin comment: wow and socks and fabrics ain't the only ones with nano sliver there's washing machines as well. hmm good thing my intuition told me to avoid such stuff as its likely no one tested if they leaked sliver into the environment.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Bagged and boxed: it's a frog's life : Nature News

http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080326/full/452394a.html --- With bright orange freckles and tiny proportions, the Carrikeri harlequin frog population spotted earlier this month delighted its discoverers with more than its good looks. The creatures (Atelopus carrikeri ), found in the remote mountainous Paramo region of Colombia, had not been seen in 14 years and were feared extinct.