Nuclear Waste Storage Sites In Rock Salt May Be More Vulnerable Than Previously Thought

By Newsroom America Staff at 11:17 am Eastern

Research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that rock salt, used by Germany and the United States as a subsurface container for radioactive waste, might not be as impermeable as thought or as capable of isolating nuclear waste from groundwater in the event that a capsule or storage vessel failed.

Can Paris Pledges Avert Severe Climate Change?

1:27 pm Eastern | SciTech

More than 190 countries are meeting in Paris next week to create a durable framework for addressing climate change and to implement a process to reduce greenhouse gases over time, but will their actions be enough? read more »


Surge In Climate Change-Related Disasters Poses Growing Threat To Food Security

27 Nov 08:22 | World

Droughts, floods, storms and other disasters triggered by climate change have risen in frequency and severity over the past three decades, increasing the damage caused to the agricultural sectors of many developing countries and putting them at risk of growing food insecurity, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned in a new more »


Daily Handful Of Walnuts Linked To Better Diet And Improvements In Health

26 Nov 17:17 | SciTech

Eating a daily handful of walnuts is linked to better overall diet quality and an improvement in certain risk factors among people at high risk of diabetes, finds new more »


Child Brides In Africa Could More Than Double To 310 million By 2050

26 Nov 13:17 | World

Nearly half of the world's child brides in 2050 will be African, if current trends persist, due to the continent's rapid population growth and lagging social reforms, UNICEF has more »


Comets Rather Than Aliens Likely Responsible For Star's Bizarre Behavior

26 Nov 07:43 | SciTech

Data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has helped solve a mystery in space where telescopes observed two unusual incidents when a star's light dimmed in dramatic, never-before-seen more »


2015 Likely To Be Warmest Year On Record: WMO

25 Nov 17:22 | SciTech

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO)has delivered “bad news for the planet,” warning that 2015 is likely to be the warmest year on record, breaching the symbolic and significant milestone of 1 degree Celsius above the pre-industrial more »


Earth's Magnetic Field Is 'Not About To Flip'

25 Nov 15:25 | SciTech

The intensity of earth's magnetic field has been weakening in the past couple of hundred years, leading some scientists to think that its polarity might be about to flip. read more »


CERN Collides Heavy Nuclei At New Record High Energy

25 Nov 14:14 | SciTech

The world's most powerful accelerator, the 27 km long Large Hadron Collider (LHC) operating at CERN in Geneva, has established collisions between lead nuclei at the highest energies ever. read more »


Former California Attorney Pleads Guilty In International Investment Fraud Scheme

25 Nov 13:29 | Business

A Las Vegas man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in an investment fraud scheme that promoted fraudulent investment opportunities and caused more than $5 million in losses to more »


Central Yemeni City Of Taiz Under Virtual Siege: 200,000 Need Water, Food

25 Nov 12:54 | World

The situation in the central Yemeni city of Taiz has worsened amid intensified fighting since September, with 200,000 civilians living under virtual siege, in dire need drinking water, food, medical treatment, and other life-saving more »


Deadly Attack In Tunisia Condemned

25 Nov 12:46 | World

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the attack in Tunis against a bus carrying Presidential Guards, which resulted in many deaths and more »


FTC Obtains Contempt Ruling Against 'Yellow Pages' Scam

25 Nov 12:34 | U.S. News

At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has banned Robert Ray Law and his company, CPU Service Incorporated (CPU) from sending unsolicited direct mail to advertise or promote goods or services, imposed a judgment of almost $400,000, and required them to immediately pay $45, more »


Words Can Deceive, But Tone Of Voice Cannot

24 Nov 17:16 | SciTech

A new computer algorithm can predict whether you and your spouse will have an improved or worsened relationship based on the tone of voice that you use when speaking to each other with nearly 79 percent more »


CAIR Reports Unprecedented Backlash Against American Muslims After Paris Attacks

24 Nov 16:51 | U.S. News

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, has released an initial report on the unprecedented backlash and discrimination targeting the nation's Muslim community since the November 13 terror attacks in more »


SEC Charges Political Intelligence Firm

24 Nov 14:23 | US Politics and Govt

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced that a political intelligence firm agreed to admit wrongdoing and pay a $375,000 penalty for compliance more »


To Save The Earth, Better Nitrogen Use On A Hungrier Planet Must Be Addressed

24 Nov 12:32 | SciTech

The global population is expected to increase by two to three billion people by 2050, a projection raising serious concerns about sustainable development, biodiversity and food more »


Study Shows Increase In Infant Deaths Attributed To Crib Bumpers

24 Nov 11:18 | U.S. News

A new study shows that the number of infant deaths and injuries attributed to crib bumpers has spiked significantly in recent years, prompting the researchers to call for a nationwide ban on the bedding more »


Stockbroker Stole Investor Money for Home Renovations

24 Nov 10:21 | Business

The Securities and Exchange Commission has announced fraud charges against a former stockbroker accused of stealing investor money to remodel his house and pay other more »


Nigeria Evictions Threatening Tens Of Thousands With Homelessness

24 Nov 09:33 | World

A human rights expert has called on the Nigerian Government to immediately end unlawful large-scale evictions that are threatening tens of thousands of people with homelessness even as the rainy season rages on, voicing alarm at the violence sometimes used by police. read more »


Airport Baggage Handlers Plead Guilty To Theft Conspiracy

24 Nov 08:26 | U.S. News

Chris Arthur Perry, Jr., 25, of Chesapeake, and Gregory Paul Wingard, Jr., 27, of Norfolk, have pleaded guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to steal valuable items from passengers’ bags at the Norfolk International more »


Children Don't Necessarily Follow In Their Parents' Political Footsteps

23 Nov 17:12 | US Politics and Govt

More than half of all children in the U.S. either misperceive or reject their parents' political party affiliations, according to more »


Report Finds 90 Per Cent Of Disasters Are Weather-Related

23 Nov 14:36 | World

A new report issued today by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) shows that over the past 20 years, 90 per cent of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related more »


Study Shows Marked Decline In Retailer Compliance After Enactment Of NYC's Tobacco 21 Law

23 Nov 11:38 | U.S. News

In a study examining compliance with New York City's new law that raised the legal age for purchasing cigarettes to 21 years of age, researchers with New York University and UCLA found that compliance with identification checks has significantly decreased since the law was made effective. read more »


Settling Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Would Help Curb Terrorism Says Envoy

23 Nov 10:31 | World

Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would help counter the extremism behind the “abhorrent terrorist attacks" in Paris, Beirut and the Sinai, an envoy on the Middle East peace process said, referring to last week’s bloody attacks and the downing of a Russian plane in Egypt last more »


Assets Frozen In Alleged Immigration Scam

23 Nov 09:27 | U.S. News

The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained a court order freezing the assets of a South Florida woman and her company accused of purchasing a boat and luxury cars with money she raised from investors seeking U.S. residency through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot more »


Warning Of 'Misplaced Suspicions' Against Muslim Refugees

23 Nov 08:38 | World

As last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut continue to reverberate round the world with calls to restrict refugee and migrant movement in the name of security, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned against "misplaced suspicions" about refugees and migrants, especially Muslims, who can help fight violent more »


Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against McDonald’s

22 Nov 13:43 | U.S. News

The Justice Department said it had reached a settlement with McDonalds and its corporate affiliates and subsidiaries resolving allegations that McDonald’s discriminated against immigrant employees of McDonald’s-owned more »


Security Council Calls For Eradicating ISIL Safe Havens In Syria And Iraq

22 Nov 09:10 | World

The United Nations Security Council has called on all countries that can do so to take the war on terrorism to Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria and Iraq and destroy its safe haven, warning that the group intends to mount further terror attacks like those that devastated Paris and Beirut last more »


Half Of Amazonian Tree Species May Be Threatened

20 Nov 17:34 | SciTech

A James Cook University scientist says a new study shows more than half of all tree species in the world's most diverse forest -- the Amazon -- may be globally more »


Three Men Sentenced For Violently Extorting Divorce Consent From Recalcitrant Husband

20 Nov 16:29 | U.S. News

Three New York men have been sentenced for their roles in a scheme to cross state lines and violently coerce a recalcitrant husband to grant his wife a religious more »


Thanksgiving Eve Kicks Off Deadliest Season For Drunk Driving

20 Nov 15:23 | U.S. News

The holiday season officially starts next week, and with it comes the most dangerous time of the year for binge drinking, drunk driving and alcohol-related fatalities. read more »


Foreign National Pleads Guilty to Human Smuggling Charges

20 Nov 14:55 | U.S. News

A foreign national has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and a human smuggling charge for her role in a scheme to smuggle undocumented migrants from India into the United more »


Tropical Fossil Forests Unearthed In Arctic Norway

20 Nov 11:05 | World

UK researchers have unearthed ancient fossil forests, thought to be partly responsible for one of the most dramatic shifts in the Earth's climate in the past 400 million more »


ISIL's 'Heinous, Cowardly' Murders Of Chinese, Norwegian Citizens Condemned

20 Nov 09:13 | World

Condemning in the strongest terms the ‘heinous and cowardly’ murder of Chinese citizen, Fan Jinghui, and Norwegian citizen, Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), the members of the UN Security Council emphasized that such continued acts of barbarism “do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve.”read more »


Parents' Fears About Teenagers' Heavy Use Of Social Media 'May Be Exaggerated'

19 Nov 17:02 | U.S. News

Parents' fears about their teenagers' heavy use of cell phones and social media may be exaggerated, according to a new report from Duke University researchers. However, there are important exceptions in the areas of cyberbullying and sleep more »


Mortgage Rates Slip Amid Global Terror Concerns

20 Nov 09:17 | Business

Mortgage rates were down slightly this week, with the benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage slipping to 4.09 percent, according to's weekly national survey. read more »


ISIL's 'Heinous, Cowardly' Murders Of Chinese, Norwegian Citizens Condemned

20 Nov 08:13 | World

Condemning in the strongest terms the ‘heinous and cowardly’ murder of Chinese citizen, Fan Jinghui, and Norwegian citizen, Ole Johan Grimsgaard-Ofstad, by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), the members of the UN Security Council emphasized that such continued acts of barbarism “do not intimidate them, but rather stiffen their resolve.”read more »


Smokeless Tobacco Products Have Higher Levels Of Cancer Causing Toxicant Than Cigarettes

19 Nov 15:20 | U.S. News

U.S. adults who used only smokeless tobacco products had higher levels of biomarkers of exposure to nicotine and a cancer-causing toxicant -- the tobacco-specific nitrosamine NNK -- compared with those who used only more »


Biodegradable Plastics 'Not The Answer' To Reducing Marine Litter

19 Nov 10:27 | World

Widespread adoption of products labelled “biodegradable” will not significantly decrease the volume of plastic entering the ocean or the physical and chemical risks that plastics pose to marine environment, accord to a new more »


Humanitarian Situation In Yemen Has Deteriorated 'Drastically'

19 Nov 09:12 | World

The United Nations said the ongoing conflict in Yemen has resulted in over 32,000 casualties, with people 5,700 killed, including 830 women and children, alongside a sharp rise in human rights violations – nearly 8,875 or an average of 43 violations occurring every more »


Poll Reveals Trump Leads Splintered GOP Field In Connecticut, Clinton Far Ahead In Dem Race

19 Nov 11:39 | US Politics and Govt

A new statewide Connecticut poll reveals Donald Trump holding a significant lead over his Republican opponents with 25% of the vote, followed by Marco Rubio at 14% and John Kasich and Jeb Bush tied at 10%. read more »


Study Ranks 6 American Cities On Preparation For Climate Change

18 Nov 17:30 | SciTech

A new study assesses the factors that affect climate change adaptation and ranks six American cities, finding that Portland, Boston and Los Angeles are all in the advanced to middle stages of planning for extreme weather events linked to climate more »


Parents Aiming Too High Can Harm Child's Academic Performance

18 Nov 16:00 | SciTech

When parents have high hopes for their children's academic achievement, the children tend to do better in school, unless those hopes are unrealistic, in which case the children may not perform well in school, according to more »


Man Arrested For Making Telephone Threat To Firebomb Islamic Center

19 Nov 08:15 | U.S. News

Florida man Martin Alan Schnitzler (43) has been charged with making a telephonic threat to the Islamic Center of Pinellas County to kill, injure, or intimidate using fire or an explosive. read more »


Women Recognize Abuse In 'Fifty Shades' Film

18 Nov 15:37 | Entertainment

Young adult women who watched "Fifty Shades of Grey" found the relationship between the characters Christian and Anastasia somewhat exciting and romantic, but also expressed grave concerns about Christian's abusive behavior, new research more »


Can Data On TV Watching Predict Presidential Election Outcomes?

18 Nov 14:34 | Entertainment

A provocative new study shows that big data-derived models developed and trained based on people's television viewing behavior in "safe" U.S. states can be used to forecast the presidential election outcomes in "swing" states. read more »


Operators Of $135 Million Ponzi Scheme Involving Non-Existent ATMs Sentenced

18 Nov 12:26 | Business

Concluding one of the largest Ponzi schemes ever seen in Southern California, two men who operated a Calabasas firm at the center of a scam that cost victims approximately $135 million were sentenced to many years behind more »


L.A. Man Who Hacked E-Mail And Obtained Nude Photos for Revenge Porn Sent To Prison

18 Nov 11:11 | U.S. News

A San Fernando Valley man who hacked into e-mail accounts to steal nude photos that were later posted on a well-known “revenge porn” website has been sentenced to 25 months in prison on computer crime and identity theft more »


Man Pleads Guilty In eBay And PayPal Scheme To Steal Special Agent's Identity

18 Nov 10:26 | U.S. News

Rohit Jawa, 25, formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, has pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with eight counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity more »


In Wake Of Beirut And Paris Terror Attacks, Security Council Discusses Root Causes Of Conflict

18 Nov 09:18 | World

The United Nations Security Council has held an already scheduled debate on conflict prevention amid added urgency fuelled by last week’s terrorist attacks in Beirut and more »


Refugees Should Not Be Turned Into Scapegoats Following Paris Attacks, Says Refugee Agency

18 Nov 08:03 | World

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed its shock and horror at the attacks in Paris and the killing of so many innocent people but warned against the scapegoating of refugees in the wake of the deadly more »

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