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March 8, 2014 | By Amina Khan
In a young, nearby solar system, scientists have discovered giant clouds of poison gas -- the smoking gun from a violent encounter, astronomers say. Based on massive amounts of carbon monoxide gas around the star Beta Pictoris, either two Mars-sized planets slammed into each other with catastrophic results, or hordes of comets are crashing into one another at an astounding rate. The findings, published by the journal Science, could help provide an up-close look at how stars and their planetary systems form and evolve.
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SCIENCE
March 8, 2014 | By Amina Khan
In a young, nearby solar system, scientists have discovered giant clouds of poison gas -- the smoking gun from a violent encounter, astronomers say. Based on massive amounts of carbon monoxide gas around the star Beta Pictoris, either two Mars-sized planets slammed into each other with catastrophic results, or hordes of comets are crashing into one another at an astounding rate. The findings, published by the journal Science, could help provide an up-close look at how stars and their planetary systems form and evolve.
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NEWS
August 21, 1986 | Associated Press
An apparent explosion at a steel factory released a toxic gas into the air Wednesday and injured more than 40 people, police said. The gas leak occurred at a Duisburg factory of the Mannesmann Demag company, one of the largest West German steel companies. A police spokesman in Duisburg said the accident apparently occurred when welders accidently ignited a cleaning substance, which produced highly toxic gas.
WORLD
December 3, 2009 | By Mark Magnier
Bhopal residents are still angry with Union Carbide, owner of the chemical plant that 25 years ago today released a poisonous gas cloud that killed more than 15,000 people and injured hundreds of thousands in what's been termed the world's worst industrial accident. Residents are also angry with Dow Chemical Co., which acquired Union Carbide Corp. in 2001 and washed its hands of any inherited responsibility. But many are at least as angry with their own government, which settled with the rich foreigners for what they say was a ridiculously low sum and has since failed to care for its people.
NEWS
October 29, 1987 | From Reuters
Fifty thousand people were evacuated from their homes and 24 suffered slight injuries when a cloud of highly toxic gas was released into the skies of western France today. Officials in this port city said ammonium nitrate gas poured into the atmosphere after fire broke out in a silo containing manure. A cloud of gas nine miles long by two miles wide was drifting west of the city towards the coast.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1996
Interscan Corp., a Chatsworth maker of toxic gas monitors, has received a contract with the U.S. Defense Department to provide the monitors for use in dismantling nuclear weapons in the Ukraine. The contract has earned $150,000 so far, and shipments are slated to continue indefinitely, a company spokesman said. The monitors warn workers if dangerous vapors escape into the air as they remove rocket fuel from the missiles, the company said.
NEWS
November 4, 1995 | Reuters
An accident at a Boeing Co. manufacturing plant Friday created a cloud of toxic gas that sent 28 people to the hospital for treatment and forced the shutdown of a facility employing 2,300 people, company officials said. Only one injury was considered potentially serious. The other victims were sent to a hospital as a precautionary measure, a Boeing spokesman said.
NEWS
September 20, 1989 | From Times wire services
Toxic gas today spewed out of an engineering factory in the eastern port of Calcutta and injured more than 100 residents of a neighboring shanty colony, police said. Police said hundreds of impoverished slum residents rushed from their homes gasping for air and ran from the congested Malipanchghara area on the outskirts of the city. Ammonia gas, used for welding and other jobs at the engineering firm, leaked from a cylinder when workers on the overnight shift were cutting a steel sheet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1992 | COLLIN NASH
An Oxnard resin manufacturer accidentally released an unknown amount of toxic gas into the atmosphere Thursday, prompting an evacuation of about 300 people from nearby businesses, a company official said. About 18 people were evacuated from Reichhold Chemical Inc. on Arcturus Avenue when the poisonous bromine vapor was released at about 12:30 p.m., Plant Manager Norman Fanhoe said. No injuries were reported, Fanhoe said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1993 | SARA CATANIA
Toxic gas leaks forced Ventura city officials to close a water treatment plant Tuesday while emergency workers repaired the damage. Tanks of sulfur dioxide and chlorine began leaking when city water maintenance workers tried to replace two empty containers, said Steven R. Wilson, water superintendent for the city of Ventura. The workers, who were checked for contamination at Ventura County Medical Center, were unharmed, Wilson said.
NEWS
May 18, 2008 | Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press
A surge in toxic gas resulting from a new vent that opened on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is killing crops on the Big Island and enveloping the area in a haze, sparking health concerns. Although residents of this volcanic island are used to toxic gas, the spike in sulfur dioxide from Kilauea has left people wheezing, and schoolchildren are being kept indoors during recess because of the "vog," or volcanic smog that is covering the area. High gas levels led Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to close for several days in April, forcing the evacuation of thousands of visitors.
WORLD
October 9, 2006 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
If cemeteries are the history books of towns, this one is full of pages. Along its winding, narrow paths, the headstones of the elderly mingle with those of the not-so-old: 17 years old, in one case. Then 33, 38. "There's my classmate's grave," Andrei Yudin, a 33-year-old driver who has lived here all his life, said, pointing to the grave of a young woman. "She had something wrong with her blood -- she was 27.
NATIONAL
January 5, 2006 | Jonathan Peterson and Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writers
Eleven miners who perished in the Sago Mine were still alive after fleeing the initial shaft explosion and barricaded themselves behind a plastic curtain they erected to stave off deadly carbon monoxide, mining company officials said Wednesday. But the miners' training and precautions proved futile while critical hours passed without rescue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Three employees at Disney's California Adventure were taken to a hospital early Friday after one of them mixed two chemicals that released a toxic gas, authorities said. The worker accidentally mixed a gallon of a bleaching agent, sodium hypochlorite, with 15 gallons of hydrochloric acid in a water treatment system for the Flik's Fun Fare attraction area, said Maria Sabol, a spokeswoman for the Anaheim Fire Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Police said they found nothing to suggest foul play in the death of a woman who was heard screaming from inside a building being fumigated. Linda Williams, 37, died at a hospital Monday after being pulled from her condominium several hours after the fumigation had begun. Police Lt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2003 | Marla Cone, Times Staff Writer
More than 100 chemical plants throughout the United States -- including 12 in the Los Angeles Basin -- each could expose millions of people to dangerous concentrations of toxic gas in the event of a terrorist attack or major accident, according to industry documents filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1998 | JASON TAKENOUCHI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When it comes to pollution, bacteria may be the Navy's best friend. Faced with a 39-acre underground plume of a toxic gas additive at Port Hueneme Naval Construction Battalion Center, a coalition of Navy, university and oil company scientists is testing a new environmental cleanup method that uses an enriched bacterial culture called BC-4.
NEWS
September 5, 2001 | From Associated Press
Colombia's largest rebel army used gas during an attack on a village police station, killing four policemen who died slow, agonizing deaths, a police commander said Tuesday. Biopsies were taken from the four policemen to determine what agent was used, said police Col. Francisco Henry Caicedo. He described the gas as "toxic" but acknowledged that it could have been tear gas, which can be lethal in enclosed spaces. Results of the biopsies were not expected for several days.
NEWS
July 12, 2001 | From Associated Press
A valve on a chemical tank blew off and released toxic gas Wednesday, sending nearly 100 people to hospitals with breathing problems and nausea. Doctors said the effects of arsine gas, a form of arsenic, can be hidden for up to 24 hours. "Reaction to the gas may be delayed, and anyone who feels they have been exposed should seek medical attention," said Dr. William Banner, medical director of Oklahoma State Poison Control. Arsine in high concentrations has a garlic or fishy smell.
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