Month: October 2019

EPA publishes audit of Leixlip Water Treatment Plant

Updated / Wednesday, 30 Oct 2019 19:06 The EPA described the failure to implement the recommendations of a previous audit as ‘unacceptable’ The level of treatment at the Leixlip Water Treatment Plant is not sufficient to manage risk posed by the River Liffey source water, according to an audit by the Environmental Protection Agency. The…

Parasite manipulates algal metabolism for its own benefit

Microalgae can form massive assemblages in oceans, attracting many opportunistic organisms; these are capable of eliminating the entire algal population within a short time. However, the underlying mechanisms of this watery arms race are largely unknown. In a new publication in Nature Communications, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology and the universities…

Greta Thunberg Turns Down Environmental Prize and Demands Climate Action Instead

Greta Thunberg doesn’t need your fancy awards. The Swedish teen climate activist needs you to, you know, actually do something. That was Thunberg’s message Tuesday when she declined an environmental prize from the Nordic Council, an inter-parliamentary body composed of representatives from Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and Sweden. Until the nations started doing what science…

Alien water may have been found on interstellar comet Borisov

By Jonathan O’Callaghan Comet Borisov is an interstellar visitorNASA, ESA, and D. Jewitt (UCLA)Astronomers say they have detected a tell-tale trace of water on comet 2I/Borisov, the first known interstellar comet. If confirmed, it will be the first time water from another planetary system has been detected inside our solar system. Since comet Borisov was…