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  • No known regulations or “best practices” make fracking safe

    No known regulations or “best practices” make fracking safe
    It was gratifying to see fellow members of Gov. Martin O'Malley's commission on hydraulic fracturing, Harry Weiss and Jeff Kupfer, take the time to explain their views on the former governor's proposals for new gas-drilling regulations. Trying to...

    Professor recalls 'crazy' discovery of radon in Berks

    The discovery in a Center Valley home last fall of the highest radon reading ever in Pennsylvania has its roots in a mystery that started in Berks County almost 30 years ago. For Brian Redmond, professor of geology and chemistry in Wilkes University's...

    Oldest ever: 5 planets found orbiting an 11.2-billion-year-old sun

     Oldest ever: 5 planets found orbiting an 11.2-billion-year-old sun
    The oldest planetary system ever found has been spotted by astronomers. The ancient star and five small, Earth-like planets are about 11.2 billion years old. Until now, scientists weren’t certain that rocky planets could have formed so long ago,...

    A fateful gene may make us smarter - for a while, at least

    A fateful gene may make us smarter - for a while, at least
    Dena Dubal and Jennifer Yokoyama have been plucking at the thread of fate. The researchers at UC San Francisco are fascinated with a longevity gene named for one of the Greek Fates, Klotho. “She spins the thread of life and she is the daughter...