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Permafrost soil: Possible source of abrupt rise in greenhouse gases at end of last ice age

Scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research AWI have identified a possible source of carbon dioxide CO2 and other greenhouse gases that were abruptly released to the atmosphere in ... - Read More

CT scans of coral skeletons reveal ocean acidity increases reef erosion

Coral reefs persist in a balance between reef construction and reef breakdown As corals grow they construct the complex calcium carbonate framework that provides habitat for fish and other reef organisms Simultaneously bioeroders such as ... - Read More

Robotic ocean gliders aid study of melting polar ice

The rapidly melting ice sheets on the coast of West Antarctica are a potential major contributor to rising ocean levels worldwide Although warm water near the coast is thought to be the main factor causing ... - Read More

Spiraling light, nanoparticles and insights into life’s structure

As hands come in left and right versions that are mirror images of each other so do the amino acids and sugars within us But unlike hands only the left oriented amino acids and the ... - Read More

The dodo: New insights into an old bird

The dodo is among the most famous extinct creatures and a poster child for human caused extinction events Despite its notoriety and the fact that the species was alive during recorded human history little is ... - Read More

Synthetic biology for space exploration

Does synthetic biology hold the key to manned space exploration of the Moon and Mars Berkeley Lab researchers have used synthetic biology to produce an inexpensive and reliable microbial based alternative to the world's most ... - Read More

New laws threaten Brazil's unique ecosystems

Brazil´s globally significant ecosystems could be exposed to mining and dams if proposals currently being debated by the Brazilian Congress go ahead according to researchers publishing in the journal Science this week The new report ... - Read More

'Rewriting' the Way to Make Natural Drug Compounds

how to write and rewrite genetic code to produce these compounds for us ” The compound the researchers synthesized was discovered at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals now part of Pfizer Inc in collaboration with another U College ... - Read More

Groundwater patches play important role in forest health, water quality

Even during summer dry spells some isolated patches of soil in forested watersheds remain waterlogged These patches act as hot spots of microbial activity that remove nitrogen from groundwater and return it to the atmosphere ... - Read More

X-ray vision of photosynthesis: New technique facilitates analysis of biomolecules in a near-natural state

Photosynthesis is one of the most important processes in nature The complex method by which all green plants harvest sunlight and thereby produce the oxygen in our air is still not fully understood Researchers have ... - Read More

Inexpensive, easy way to filter arsenic from water

A University of Florida professor has developed a quick cheap and easy way to filter from water one of the world's most common pollutants arsenic Bin Gao's team used iron enhanced carbon cooked from hickory ... - Read More

Synthetic biology: 'Telomerator' reshapes synthetic yeast chromosome into more flexible, realistic form, redefining what geneticists can build

NYU Langone yeast geneticists report they have developed a novel tool dubbed the telomerator that could redefine the limits of synthetic biology and advance how successfully living things can be engineered or constructed in the ... - Read More

Chemists gain edge in next-gen energy: Flexible film can catalyze production of hydrogen

Rice University scientists who want to gain an edge in energy production and storage report they have found it in molybdenum disulfide The Rice lab of chemist James Tour has turned molybdenum disulfide's two dimensional ... - Read More

Massive geographic change may have triggered explosion of animal life

A new analysis of geologic history may help solve the riddle of the Cambrian explosion the rapid diversification of animal life in the fossil record 530 million years ago that has puzzled scientists since the ... - Read More

Scientists replicate the tide with two buckets, aquarium tubing, and a pump

Rachel MacTavish is growing salt marsh plants in microcosms that replicate the tide She assembled them in an outdoor greenhouse at the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve in Georgia USA with buckets from a ... - Read More

New process transforms wood, crop waste into valuable chemicals

Scientists have disclosed a new method to convert lignin a biomass waste product into simple chemicals The innovation is an important step toward replacing petroleum based fuels and chemicals with biorenewable materials says Shannon Stahl ... - Read More

Deepwater Horizon spill: Much of the oil at bottom of the sea

Due to the environmental disaster's unprecedented scope assessing the damage caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been a challenge One unsolved puzzle is the location of 2 million ... - Read More

Ammonium source in open ocean tracked by researchers

To understand the extent to which human activities are polluting Earth's atmosphere and oceans it's important to distinguish human made pollutants from compounds that occur naturally A recent study co authored by a Brown University ... - Read More

Tiny carbon nanotube pores make big impact

A team led by the Lawrence Livermore scientists has created a new kind of ion channel consisting of short carbon nanotubes which can be inserted into synthetic bilayers and live cell membranes to form tiny ... - Read More

Making lab-grown tissues stronger

Lab grown tissues could one day provide new treatments for injuries and damage to the joints including articular cartilage tendons and ligaments Cartilage for example is a hard material that caps the ends of bones ... - Read More
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