The origins of the last major ice age, which cloaked the Northern Hemisphere in colossal glaciers, might have had a surprising cause: the buildup of ice sheets on the other side of the planet, in Antarctica, researchers say…The findings also reveal that “a change in deep-sea heat transport had a profound effect on the Earth’s climate,” said lead study author Stella Woodard, a geochemist and paleooceanographer at Rutgers University in New Jersey…In the study, Woodard and her colleagues analyzed the shells of microscopic bottom-dwelling organisms known as foraminifera in ancient sediments in the Pacific collected by the International Ocean Discovery Program.
Yellow: the color of sunshine, happiness, friendship…and, potentially, serious health risks. Environmental scientists at Rutgers University have discovered that yellow printing inks and dyes in a number of paper products and clothing brands contain chemicals that have been banned in the U.S. for decades…”When you touch these things, you are getting [PCB 11] on your hands,” Dr. Lisa Rodenburg, associate professor of environmental organic chemistry at Rutgers and lead author of the study, tells TakePart. “[The chemicals] can also get out of the pigment and find their way into water…” She and a team of researchers from Rutgers analyzed 18 ink-treated paper products made in the U.S. and found that 15 contained PCB 11. What’s worse: All 28 paper products they tested from 26 foreign countries contained PCB 11. And 100 percent of the 16 articles of clothing they tested had traces of PCB 11, including children’s clothing purchased from Walmart.