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Understanding microbes blowing in the wind

Bacteria, bacteria
With help from a wind tunnel and the latest DNA technology U S Department of Agriculture USDA scientists are shedding light on the travel patterns of microbes in soils carried off by strong winds The ... - Read More

Studying ice cores from West Antarctica for clues as to why the Earth began to emerge from the Ice Age

Ice
A slice of ice from 17 500 years ago can help scientists figure out how Earth came out of the Ice Age and how climate change can happen in the future according to South Dakota ... - Read More

Fluorescent label sheds light on radioactive contamination

Radioactive contamination
Researchers in Japan have developed a way to detect caesium contamination on a scale of millimetres enabling the detection of small areas of radioactive contamination Share This See Also Weapons Technology Chemistry Materials Science Inorganic ... - Read More

Scientists solve mercury mystery, taking big step toward protecting human health

Mercury
By identifying two genes required for transforming inorganic into organic mercury which is far more toxic scientists have just taken a significant step toward protecting human health Share This See Also Genes Human Biology Dentistry Chemistry ... - Read More

Hydrothermal liquefaction: The most promising path to sustainable bio-oil production

Energy, Energy, energy, Energy
A new generation of the HTL process can convert all kinds of biomasses to crude bio oil which is sufficiently similar to fossil crude oil that a simple thermal upgrade and existing refinery technology can ... - Read More

New coal technology harnesses energy without burning, nears pilot-scale development

Coal, energy
and the iron beads are larger about 1.5 2 millimeters across Chung likened the two different sizes to talcum powder and ice cream sprinkles though the mix is not nearly so colorful The coal and ... - Read More

Predicting a low carbon future for Toronto

Cities are major players in the climate change game More than half of the world's population lives in urban areas and over 70% of global GHG greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to cities A ... - Read More

Thailand: Astonishing ten new species of semi-aquatic freshwater earthworms revealed

Aquatic, Freshwater
The semi aquatic earthworms in the genus Glyphidrilus are somewhat unfamiliar species that live between the terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems of rivers streams canals ponds swamps and paddy systems Remarkably each species is endemic to ... - Read More

X-rays reveal uptake of nanoparticles by soybean crops

X-Rays, X-rays
Metals contained in nanoparticles can enter into the food chain Scientists have for the first time traced the nanoparticles taken up from the soil by crop plants and analysed the chemical states of their metallic ... - Read More

Mercury contamination in water can be detected with a mobile phone

Mercury
Chemists at the University of Burgos Spain have manufactured a sheet that changes colour in the presence of water contaminated with mercury The results can be seen with the naked eye but when photographing the ... - Read More

Nanostructures with living cells: Laser system being developed

Nanostructures, System, Living cells
Using Laser Technology Aleksandr Ovsianikov from the Vienna University of Technology wants to create microstructures with embedded living cells This project will be funded by an ERC Starting Grant Share This See Also Biology Developmental ... - Read More

Climate change clues from tiny marine algae -- ancient and modern

Climate
Microscopic ocean algae called coccolithophores are providing clues about the impact of climate change both now and many millions of years ago The study found that their response to environmental change varies between species in ... - Read More

Could the humble sea urchin hold the key to carbon capture?

Carbon
The discovery that sea urchins use nickel particles to harness carbon dioxide from the sea could be the key to capturing tons of carbon dioxide CO2 from the atmosphere Share This See Also Nature Biology ... - Read More

Healthy seeds -- treated environmentally friendly

Unit
Farmers treat seeds chemically in order to rid them of pest infestation Now researchers have developed a method that kills pathogens without harming the environment Pioneering seed suppliers are already implementing the procedure commercially Share ... - Read More

New transmembrane protein support structure created

A new platform to support and extend the viability of proteins for scientific study has been developed through work done as part of the doctoral studies of a recent University of Alabama in Huntsville doctoral ... - Read More

Scientists turn toxic by-product into biofuel booster

Enzyme, Enzyme, Enzyme
Scientists studying an enzyme that naturally produces alkanes long carbon chain molecules that could be a direct replacement for the hydrocarbons in gasoline have figured out why the natural reaction typically stops after three to ... - Read More

Mystery surrounding the harnessing of fusion energy unlocked

Fusion
The research of a multi institutional team from the U S Japan and France led by Predrag S Krstic of the Joint Institute for Computational Sciences and Jean Paul Allain of Purdue University has answered ... - Read More

Discovery in synthetic biology takes us a step closer to new 'industrial revolution'

Biology
Scientists report that they have developed a method that cuts down the time it takes to make new 'parts' for microscopic biological factories from 2 days to only 6 hours Share This See Also Biochemistry ... - Read More

Biologistics: How fast do chemical trains move in living cells?

The rate of chemical processes in cells is dictated by the speed of movement diffusion of molecules needed for a given reaction Using a versatile method developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the ... - Read More

Antarctic lake beneath the ice sheet tested

Water, Water
In a first of its kind feat of science and engineering a National Science Foundation NSF funded research team has successfully drilled through 800 meters 2 600 feet of Antarctic ice to reach a subglacial ... - Read More
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