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Loss of biodiversity limits toxin degradation

You might not think of microbes when you consider biodiversity but it turns out that even a moderate loss of less than 5% of soil microbes may compromise some key ecosystem functions and could lead ... - Read More

Carbon nanotube sponge shows improved water clean-up

A carbon nanotube sponge capable of soaking up water contaminants such as fertilisers pesticides and pharmaceuticals more than three times more efficiently than previous efforts has been presented in a new study published today The ... - Read More

Acid mine drainage reduces radioactivity in fracking waste

Acid
Much of the naturally occurring radioactivity in fracking wastewater might be removed by blending it with another wastewater from acid mine drainage according to a Duke University led study Fracking wastewater and acid mine drainage ... - Read More

Engineering researchers report on nanoscale energy-efficient switching devices

Engineering
By relentlessly miniaturizing a pre World War II computer technology and combining this with a new and durable material researchers at Case Western Reserve University have built nanoscale switches and logic gates that operate more ... - Read More

Heavy air pollution in Canadian area with cancer spikes

cancer
Levels of contaminants higher than in some of the world's most polluted cities have been found downwind of Canada's largest oil gas and tar sands processing zone in a rural area where men suffer elevated ... - Read More

Fique fibers from Andes Mountains part of miracle solution for dye pollution, find scientists

Solution
A cheap and simple process using natural fibers embedded with nanoparticles can almost completely rid water of harmful textile dyes in minutes report Cornell University and Colombian researchers who worked with native Colombian plant fibers ... - Read More

Tiny antennas let long light waves see in infrared

Light, Light
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign researchers have developed arrays of tiny nano antennas that can enable sensing of molecules that resonate in the infrared IR spectrum The identification of molecules by sensing their unique ... - Read More

Spinning CDs to clean sewage water

Water, Water, Water
Audio CDs all the rage in the '90s seem increasingly obsolete in a world of MP3 files and iPods leaving many music lovers with the question of what to do with their extensive compact disk ... - Read More

New adsorbent is more effective and environmentally friendly for treating wastewater

A novel new adsorbent for removing emerging contaminants from wastewater that is more effective reusable and environmentally friendly has been developed by researchers in Temple University's Water and Environmental Technology WET Center The researchers used ... - Read More

Pea-shooter for molecules: Molecules pass through nanotubes at size-dependent speeds

molecules
Like a pea going through a straw tiny molecules can pass through microscopic cylinders known as nanotubes This could potentially be used to select molecules according to size for example to purify water by allowing ... - Read More

The Real Reason to Worry About Bees

a condition sometimes termed colony collapse disorder CCD Although honeybees have been doing better in recent years something continues to kill about 1 in every 3 honeybees each year He spoke at a symposium on ... - Read More

Unraveling the mystery of Saharan dust migration

Satellite pictures of Saharan dust clouds have been in the news all summer but to Shankar Chellam they have just raised more questions How much impact did the Saharan dust have on Houston's air Is ... - Read More

New risk model sheds light on arsenic risk in China's groundwater

Light, Light
Arsenic laden groundwater used for cooking and drinking could pose a risk to the health of almost 20 million people across China This is shown by a study carried out by Eawag scientists in collaboration ... - Read More

Surprising result discovered when looking into effects of carbon nanotubes and soil sorption of toxicants

When it comes to carbon nanotubes CNTs in the soil recent research at Texas Tech University shows that the new materials do not affect the sorption of the toxic part of oil called polycyclic aromatic ... - Read More

Removing pollutants and contaminants from wastewater

Pollutants, Contaminants
The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and its European partners have developed several effective processes for eliminating persistent pollutants from wastewater Some of these processes generate reactive species which can be used ... - Read More

Potential well water contaminants highest near natural gas drilling

Contaminants, Natural gas, Gas
A new study of 100 private water wells in and near the Barnett Shale showed elevated levels of potential contaminants such as arsenic and selenium closest to natural gas extraction sites according to a team ... - Read More

Organic electronics: Imaging defects in solar cells

cells, cells
Researchers at LMU have developed a new method for visualizing material defects in thin film solar cells An LMU research team led by Bert Nickel has for the first time succeeded in functionally characterizing the ... - Read More

Autonomous energy-scavenging micro devices will test water quality, monitor bridges, more

Water, Water, Water
Out in the wilds or anywhere off the grid sophisticated instruments small enough to fit in a shirt pocket will one day scavenge power from sunlight body heat or other sources to monitor water quality ... - Read More

Detection of apple juices and cereals which exceed permitted levels of mycotoxins

Researchers from the University of Granada Spain have analysed the presence of patulin a type of toxin produced by fungi in several commercial apple juices The results show that more than 50% of the samples ... - Read More

Bacterial spare parts filter antibiotic residue from groundwater

Researchers at University of Cincinnati have developed and tested a solar powered nano filter that is able to remove harmful carcinogens and antibiotics from water sources lakes and rivers at a significantly higher rate than ... - Read More
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