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Field widens for environments, microbes that produce toxic form of mercury
(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Thawing permafrost and contaminated sediment in marine coastal areas pose some of the greatest risks for the production of highly toxic methylmercury.

Satellite spots new depression exactly between Baja California and Hawaii
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) It's a rare thing when a tropical depression develops the same exact distance between two landforms, and newborn Tropical Depression 18E has done that in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

NASA sees remnants of Typhoon Choi-wan over southeastern Russia
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) An infrared NASA satellite image revealed that the remnants of Ex-Typhoon Choi-wan continued to generate rainy and windy weather over southeastern Russia on Oct. 8.

Paleoclimate researchers find connection between carbon cycles, climate trends
(University of Missouri-Columbia) Making predictions about climate variability often means looking to the past to find trends. Now paleoclimate researchers from the University of Missouri have found clues in exposed bedrock alongside an Alabama highway that could help forecast climate variability. In their study, the researchers verified evidence suggesting carbon dioxide decreased significantly at the end of the Ordovician Period, 450 million years ago, preceding an ice age and eventual mass extinction. These results will help climatologists better predict future environmental changes.

Geothermal energy: Look to the Denver-Julesberg Basin
(Geological Society of America) To offset the need for fuel imports, to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, and to increase US energy independence, geothermal energy has emerged as an important part of the US energy portfolio. This well-illustrated study, published in Geosphere this week, presents a new and inexpensive method using Geographic information system (GIS) and National Geothermal Data System data to evaluate a region for geothermal energy exploration.

Former Hurricane Oho's remnants affecting western Canada, Washington state
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite and NOAA's GOES-West satellite saw the remnants of former Hurricane Oho moving toward British Columbia, Canada and western Washington State. Oho was a hurricane in the Central Pacific Ocean that weakened, became extra-tropical and moved northeast.

Could 'The Day After Tomorrow' happen?
(University of Southampton) A researcher from the University of Southampton has produced a scientific study of the climate scenario featured in the disaster movie 'The Day After Tomorrow'.

Unexpected information about Earth's climate history from Yellow River sediment
(Uppsala University) By meticulously examining sediments in China's Yellow River, a Swedish-Chinese research group are showing that the history of tectonic and climate evolution on Earth may need to be rewritten. Their findings are published today in the highly reputed journal Nature Communications.

Greenland's ice sheet plumbing system revealed
(University of Exeter) Pioneering new research sheds light on the impact of climate change on subglacial lakes found under the Greenland ice sheet.A team of experts, led by Dr. Steven Palmer from the University of Exeter, has studied the water flow paths from one such subglacial lake, which drained beneath the ice sheet in 2011.

Using optical fiber to generate a two-micron laser
(Ecole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne) Lasers with a wavelength of two microns could move the boundaries of surgery and molecule detection. Researchers at EPFL have managed to generate such lasers using a simple and inexpensive method.

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