Environmental groups file suit over 7 years of oil spilling into Gulf of Mexico

New Orleans = Several environmental groups filed a

lawsuit claiming oil has been flowing into the Gulf of Mexico for more than seven years from an oil leak caused by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The lawsuit was filed by the Louisiana Environmental

Action Network, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Galveston Baykeeper, Louisiana Bayoukeeper, and the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance.

The groups claim hundreds of gallons of oil are leaking every day from the site where an offshore platform and 28 oil wells owned by Taylor Energy Co. were damaged by a seafloor mudslide triggered by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. [Continue reading…]

Are Facebook and Twitter really more addictive than alcohol and tobacco?

You’ll probably be reading about this soon all over Facebook and Twitter. Social media users are at greater risk of becoming addicted to Facebook and Twitter than cigarettes and alcohol, if a new study from the University of Chicago’s Booth School

of Business is correct.

The one-week study polled

205 people in Germany via Blackberry smartphones 7 times per day to ask if they had experienced a desire to use a social network within the past thirty minutes, and whether they had given in to that desire. They were also

asked to rate the desires from “mild” to “irresistible.” Out of the 10,558 responses, a total of 7,827 “desire episodes” were reported by participants. [Continue reading…]