The sewage water Arizona’s Snowbowl ski resort plans to use to make snow this winter is also a breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to recent research. Despite protests from local Native American groups, the Flagstaff resort won a legal battle giving them the go-ahead to use recycled wastewater from a local plant for artificial snow. (Recycled wastewater is also used to irrigate golf courses and soccer fields.) Research from a group at Virginia Tech, however, foun... Read More
Glaciers around the world are weakening due to excessive levels of carbon dioxide, according to a new study. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that increased concentrations of the gas significantly decrease the material strength of ice, making glaciers more likely to split apart. The team used a computer simulation to analyze how CO2 might affect ice fracturing on an atomic level. Lead author Markus Buehler said this decrease in strength could set off a chain rea... Read More
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has released the much-anticipated report detailing the case against Lance Armstrong. The 200-page release was accompanied by over 1,000 pages of documents, including sworn testimony from 11 of Armstrong's former USPS teammates, emails, financial statements, and new lab tests. The seven-time Tour de France champ led “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen,” USADA said Wednesday.
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Former road race champion and Lance Armstrong lieutenant George Hincapie today admitted to doping during his professional career, saying that he testified to USADA and federal investigators. In a statement, Hincapie said that he had decided to dope in order to remain competitive. "Early in my professional career, it became clear to me that, given the widespread use of performance enhancing drugs by cyclists at the top of the profession, it was not possible to compete at the highest level witho... Read More
Montana landowners are suing Exxon Mobil for a July 2011 spill in the Yellowstone River that caused health, livestock, and property damage. Officials in the town of Laurel, where the rupture occurred, had repeatedly warned that the pipeline was a hazard. “They should have known long before this happened that this river floods every spring and produces massive erosive forces,” said an attorney for the 14 plaintiffs. Exxon spent around $135 million in subsequent upgrades to the pipel... Read More