PFAs in the News – 17 November 2016

PFAs in the News – 17 November 2016

Scientists report in Environmental Science and Technology Letters (2016, Vol. 3, 344-350) that the location of industrial sites, military training facilities and wastewater treatment plants are predictors of poly- and perfluoroakyl substance (PFAs) contaminants in...
PFAs In The News – 10 November 2016

PFAs In The News – 10 November 2016

PFAs Scientists now have begun to work hard to identify, extract and quantify per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs), specifically perfluoroalkane sulfonic acids (PFSAs), perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids (PFCAs) and associated compounds, such as,...
Deepwater Horizon – Part 2 – Mitigation Efforts

Deepwater Horizon – Part 2 – Mitigation Efforts

The Deepwater Horizon sank on April 22nd with over 700,000 gallons of diesel fuel on board. For more information on how Deepwater Horizon got to this point, read Deepwater Horizon – Part 1 If the 700,000 gallons of stored diesel fuel on board Deepwater Horizon...
Deepwater Horizon – Part 1

Deepwater Horizon – Part 1

The movie, Deepwater Horizon, opened in movie theaters on September 30th. So, we at IES decided to refresh our reader’s memory with a three-part summary of the deeply tragic event.  Part one details the history of the Macondo Oil Well and the cause of the event....
Rest in Peace, Rosetta

Rest in Peace, Rosetta

Rosetta Spacecraft Rosetta, after a 10-year space voyage, went to its final resting place this morning during a controlled collision with the object of its affection, Comet 67P. In 2014, Rosetta sent its only companion, Philae, a small comet-lander to the comet...
The Trouble With PFOAs

The Trouble With PFOAs

Do you remember the Star Trek episode titled, “The Trouble With Tribbles”? Lieutenant Uhura brought a Tribble back to the Enterprise after visiting Space Station K7. A Tribble, in case you forgot, is a cute and cuddly little furball of a creature that purrs when you...
Will Humans Re-Engineer The Atmosphere?

Will Humans Re-Engineer The Atmosphere?

Science and engineering offer few quick and assured solutions when it comes to stopping human-driven climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. Johan Rockström and his coauthors, a collection of rock star scientists from five different countries, published a paper...
Is Public Drinking Water Safe?

Is Public Drinking Water Safe?

Is Public Drinking Water Safe? We at EIS drink water from public taps throughout the United States and the developed world. In contrast, we, like most Americans, don’t drink tap water while visiting developing nations. In developing nations, we buy bottled water...
Science is at Its Best When an Experiment Fails

Science is at Its Best When an Experiment Fails

Scientific Method The scientific method instructs us that success is transient. Only through demonstration of the “null” – in other words, failure – does scientific knowledge progress. This principle was demonstrated this week at the 38th International...