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Science, Tech & Environment

The US Supreme Court will hear a challenge to EPA mercury emissions rule

For years, the coal industry has enjoyed tax benefits and exemptions from strict environmental regulations. But those days might be over: President Barack Obama is using EPA authority under the Clean Air Act to try to curb coal power plant emissions, including CO2 and mercury. But coal interests are fighting back in the courts.

Global Scan

New evidence suggests systematic torture by Syria's government

New images and reports have surfaced of wholesale torture and starvation on the part of the Syrian regime, just as peace talks to end the war are set to start on Wednesday. On the US west coast, scientists dispel fears that Pacific Ocean fish are contaminated with Fukushima radiation. And side-by-side men's toilets at an Olympic venue have become a social media joke. That and more, in today's Global Scan.

Science, Tech & Environment

Environmental detectives are using DNA to track invasive species

In our increasingly globalized society, when people travel the tend to bring things home with them, whether they mean to or not: microbes, aquatic species, insects, plants. Many of these are harmless, but some wreak economic havoc, and, like the recent Ebola virus, lead to nationwide panic and fear. As in so many other realms, DNA analysis may provide some ways to better combat these problems.