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Soils retain, contain radioactivity in Fukushima

Radiation suddenly contaminates the land your family has farmed and lived on for generations Can soil play a role in protecting crops and human health Research in Fukushima Japan may lend an answer On March ... - Read More

Archaea: Surviving in hostile territory

Many strange creatures live in the deep sea but few are odder than archaea primitive single celled bacteria like microorganisms Archaea go to great lengths eating methane or breathing sulfur or metal instead of oxygen ... - Read More

Sewage could be a source of valuable metals and critical elements

Poop could be a goldmine literally Surprisingly treated solid waste contains gold silver and other metals as well as rare elements such as palladium and vanadium that are used in electronics and alloys Now researchers ... - Read More

Catch-release-repeat: Novel technique for handling molecules

Like vast international trading companies biological systems pick up freight items in the form of small molecules transport them from place to place and release them at their proper destination These ubiquitous processes are critical ... - Read More

Portable DNA sequencing 'laboratory'

As one of the first research Institutes to take part in the MinION Access Programme MAP for portable DNA sequencing introduced by Oxford Nanopore Technologies The Genome Analysis Centre TGAC 's task force share their ... - Read More

Air pollutants could boost potency of common airborne allergens

A pair of air pollutants linked to climate change could also be a major contributor to the unparalleled rise in the number of people sneezing sniffling and wheezing during allergy season The gases nitrogen dioxide ... - Read More

Chlorine Use in Sewage Treatment Could Promote Antibiotic Resistance

Chlorine a disinfectant commonly used in most wastewater treatment plants may be failing to completely eliminate pharmaceuticals from wastes As a result trace levels of these substances get discharged from the plants to the nation’s ... - Read More

Turning Packing Peanuts Into Energy-Storing Battery Components (Video)

but they no longer use the ozone depleting gases called CFCs They may however contain additional chemicals though the exact constituents can vary “Outside in a landfill potentially harmful substances in the peanuts such as ... - Read More

Some mushrooms glow, and here's why

Did you know that there are mushrooms that actually glow Aristotle was aware of this intriguing fact more than 2 000 years ago He also was the first person to ask a simple question in ... - Read More

Click! That's how modern chemistry bonds nanoparticles to a substrate

Nanoparticles of various types can be quickly and permanently bonded to a solid substrate if one of the most effective methods of synthesis click chemistry is used for this purpose The novel method has been ... - Read More

Where are the hotspots of plant diversity along boreal streams?

The patterns of plant species diversity along Swedish boreal streams are closely linked to flow of surface and sub surface water The linkages between vegetation and hydrology are tight and according to Lenka Kuglerová they ... - Read More

Scientists develop cool process to make better graphene

A new technique invented at Caltech to produce graphene a material made up of an atom thick layer of carbon at room temperature could help pave the way for commercially feasible graphene based solar cells ... - Read More

Human brain inspires wearable micro-sensors

Wei Tang assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at New Mexico State University is taking a cue from nature to devise the next generation of integrated low power wearable micro devices The human brain ... - Read More

Catalyst destroys common toxic nerve agents quickly

Northwestern University scientists have developed a robust new material inspired by biological catalysts that is extraordinarily effective at destroying toxic nerve agents that are a threat around the globe First used 100 years ago during ... - Read More

Call to change recycling standards as 3-D printing expands

The 3 D printing revolution has changed the way we think about plastics Everything from children's toys to office supplies to high value laboratory equipment can be printed The potential savings of producing goods at ... - Read More

Graphene 'gateway' discovery opens possibilities for improved energy technologies

Graphene a strong lightweight carbon honeycombed structure that's only one atom thick holds great promise for energy research and development Recently scientists with the Fluid Interface Reactions Structures and Transport FIRST Energy Frontier Research Center ... - Read More

Supercomputers help solve puzzle-like bond for biofuels

One of life's strongest bonds has been discovered by a science team researching biofuels with the help of supercomputers Their find could boost efforts to develop catalysts for biofuel production from non food waste plants ... - Read More

The secret to an effortless, split-second slime attack

Researchers explain why a tropical worm's twin jets of paralyzing slime are anything but sluggish The velvet worm is a slow moving unassuming creature With its soft body probing antennae and stubby legs it looks ... - Read More

Frequency of tornadoes, hail linked to El Niño, La Niña

Climate scientists can spot El Niño and La Niña conditions developing months ahead of time and they use this knowledge to make more accurate forecasts of droughts flooding and even hurricane activity around the world ... - Read More

Addressing long-standing mysteries behind anti-wear motor oil additive

The pistons in your car engine rub up against their cylinder walls thousands of times a minute without lubrication in the form of motor oil they and other parts of the engine would quickly wear ... - Read More
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