Unprecedented global warming experiment underway in northern Minn.

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Questions about global warming may find answers at a research site north of Grand Rapids. That’s where scientists have begun an unprecedented study into how warming temperatures affect ecosystems.

National Technical Reports Library (NTRL)

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The National Technical Reports Library (NTRL) is the new public search database of the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). It offers free public access to a database of over three million federal science and technology reports.

NTIS created NTRL to solve the inconsistencies in access to many of their documents. The same documents could have been available for a fee through NTIS while free access was given at the agency’s website.

NTRL provides PDF full-text to 800,000 documents. The remaining are mostly pre-1995 and must be scanned from microfiche for a fee. Once a scan is made, it will be made available free of charge for the rest of NTRL users.

Finding Data with DOE Data Explorer

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To gain familiarity with real examples of research data take a look at the DOE Data Explorer. This resource provides a place to discover a huge variety of scientific research data generated from projects funded wholly or in part by the US Department of Energy. Topics vary from astrophysics to general science to x-rays. Records in the DDE link to open datasets, data collections, or repositories.

Fracking Does Not Contaminate Drinking Water, Yale Study Confirms

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Yale researchers have confirmed that hydraulic fracturing – also known as “fracking” – does not contaminate drinking water. The process of extracting natural gas from deep underground wells using water has been given a bad reputation when it comes to the impact it has on water resources but Yale researchers recently disproved this myth in a new study that confirms a previous report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted earlier this year.

Popcorn companies blamed for bee deaths

Read the full story in The Hill.

Popcorn manufacturers are coming under fire from food activists for using bee-killing pesticides in their products.

The Center for Food Safety is calling on two of the largest popcorn manufacturers, Pop Secret and Pop Weaver, to phase out the use of corn seeds that are grown with neonicotinoid insecticides, which they say are harmful to bees.