Discovery

Phthalates Found in Aleutian Island Seabirds

The chemicals that Padula looks for in sea birds are called phthalates. They are a family of chemicals used to make plastic more flexible, and they can leach into the muscle and liver tissues of birds.

Padula found those chemicals in all of the birds she collected in the west Aleutians. But only some birds had visible pieces of plastic in their stomach.

Why Earth Hums

We may not be able to hear it, but the Earth is constantly oscillating and creating a hum that has been likened to the ring of a bell. It’s long been known that earthquakes and their seismic activity contribute to… Read More ›