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Science teachers discuss encouraging student research

DERRY, N.H. — Sessions devoted to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — better known as STEM — are up for discussion at a meeting of the New Hampshire Science Teachers Association. Their spring conference Saturday is looking at ways to encourage students’ independent research, individualize curriculum and use STEM skills in a field ecology setting. Other subjects to be discussed ...

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Chevron funds study targeting hurdles to STEM curriculum

With 700 workers employed in gas drilling operations in the tri-state region surrounding Pittsburgh, energy giant Chevron believes it has a significant stake in whether current middle and high school students are adequately prepared for careers in the gas and drilling sector. That’s why the California company helped underwrite a wide-reaching study that attempts to dig deeper into what obstacles ...

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Texas researchers discover cheap frack water cleaning method

saving water

Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays MediaGoogle+ Post-production water is the fluid that rises back up to the surface during the fracking process. It is expensive to clean and transport and is considered an environmental threat. Recently, the University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute have claimed to revolutionize the cleaning process by lowering its price. The ...

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Groups to EPA: Stop muzzling science advisers


Dina Cappiello | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Journalist and scientific organizations accused the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday of attempting to muzzle its independent scientific advisers by directing them to funnel all outside requests for information through agency officials. In a letter Tuesday, groups representing journalists and scientists urged the EPA to allow advisory board members to talk directly ...

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Happiness is a hole in the ground: Oil & gas workers report lowest levels of depression


Zach Koppang | Shale Plays Media A research study published earlier this month examined the prevalence of clinical depression in the workforce and found oil and gas employees had reported some of the lowest overall levels of depression. The study, Prevalence rates for depression by industry: a claims database analysis, was led by Cincinnati researcher Lawson Wulsin and colleagues. The ...

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Jay Almlie: Put science before emotion on the topic of NORM waste


By Jay Almlie Radioactive waste, NORM waste, “hot” filter socks, illegal dumping. Many attention-grabbing headlines have been written in the past year. What’s it all about? What do these headlines really mean to the public and the North Dakota landscape in which we take such pride? These are reasonable questions that demand solid answers. Unfortunately, the science behind the issues does ...

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Potential use of acid-mine water in fracking draws criticism

acid mine drainage

The natural gas industry wants to use water from abandoned coal mines for hydraulic fracturing operations, replacing fresh water with acid-mine drainage that now poisons thousands of miles of Pennsylvania streams. What’s not to like? Plenty, it seems. Environmental activists are mounting a campaign to derail a Pennsylvania Senate bill that would immunize Marcellus Shale gas producers or any other ...

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