We need phosphate to grow food. But should we be digging it up from the sea floor?

Biologist Jeanneht Armendáriz Villegas of Baja’s Instituto Politécnico Nacional, who studies mines in protected areas, says there are a lot of unknowns about drilling underwater, but some things are understood.

Phosphorous deposits often come with dangerous contaminants like uranium and cadmium, Armendáriz says. Plumes generated from dredging can affect whole aquatic ecosystems.

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Why you should stop drinking low-fat milk

Whole fat may work to regulate insulin and glucose. The more fatty dairy products one consumes at once, the longer they’ll go without getting hungry enough to want more calories from sugary foods or foods with lots of carbohydrates, which the body converts into sugar then fat.

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The real reason why you’re suddenly seeing whales in N.J. and N.Y. waters

Besides inspiring a chorus of oohs and aahs, the increase in sightings is adding a blubbery new wrinkle to a raging debate over a far smaller fish: the Atlantic menhaden. It’s the menhaden, also known as “bunker” — clumsy, multidinous, slow swimming virtual floating hamburgers — that those whales are chasing.

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Sugar And Your Health: How The Sugar Industry Influenced Scientific Research

Newly-discovered archives dating back to 1959 reveal Big Sugar’s early role in government regulation and research lays out a story of questionable scientific integrity.

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For young scientists, a supervisor’s fraud can derail a career

Ask grad students and postdocs at any institution affected by research misconduct and they’ll know of at least one young scientist who thusly poured their time and grant money into the toilet – and lost ground in the competition for scarce faculty jobs in the process.

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Is this the beginning of the end for coal?

Canada has joined a growing list of countries phasing out the most polluting fossil fuel and global demand has fallen. Is this the start of a low-carbon energy era or just a blip in coal’s dominance?