When oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill first began washing ashore on Pensacola Municipal Beach in June 2010 populations of sensitive microorganisms including those that capture sunlight or fix nitrogen from the air began to ... - Read More
A spark from a lightning bolt interstellar dust or a subsea volcano could have triggered the very first life on Earth But what happened next Life can exist without oxygen but without plentiful nitrogen to ... - Read More
The idea of computing systems based on controlling atomic spins just got a boost from new research performed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT and the U S Department of Energy's DOE Brookhaven National ... - Read More
One way of removing harmful nitrate from drinking water is to catalyse its conversion to nitrogen This process suffers from the drawback that it often produces ammonia By using palladium nanoparticles as a catalyst and ... - Read More
Human activity predominantly the global economic system is now the prime driver of change in the Earth System the sum of our planet's interacting physical chemical biological and human processes according to a set of ... - Read More
Almost half of the processes that are crucial to maintaining the stability of the planet have become dangerously compromised by human activity That is the view of an international team of 18 researchers who provide ... - Read More
Bacteria are as individual as people according to new research by Professor Peter Young and his team in the Department of Biology at the University of York Bacteria are essential to health agriculture and the ... - Read More
Fertilizers are known to promote the growth of toxic cyanobacterial blooms in freshwater and oceans worldwide but a new multi institution study shows the aquatic microbes themselves can drive nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in a ... - Read More
Scientists at UCL in collaboration with groups at the University of Bath and the Daresbury Laboratory have uncovered the mystery of why blue light emitting diodes LEDs are so difficult to make by revealing the ... - Read More
Enzymes are catalysts that speed up chemical reactions in living organisms and control many cellular biological processes by converting a molecule or substrate into a product used by the cell For scientists understanding details of ... - Read More
how small its samples can be how large the crystal unit cells we can resolve ” said Kovalevsky “But this result shows the instrument is performing to its specifications which is exciting ” For future ... - Read More
In the race to design the world's first universal quantum computer a special kind of diamond defect called a nitrogen vacancy NV center is playing a big role NV centers consist of a nitrogen atom ... - Read More
Carnivorous plants catch and digest tiny animals in order and derive benefits for their nutrition Interestingly the trend towards vegetarianism seems to overcome carnivorous plants as well The aquatic carnivorous bladderwort which can be found ... - Read More
Everything that eats must excrete and microbes are no exception Microbes have dominated Earth's ecology for at least the past 3.5 billion years They play a vital role in the planet's carbon cycle by digesting ... - Read More
Electrons may be seen as small magnets that also carry a negative electrical charge On a fundamental level these two properties are indivisible However in certain materials where the electrons are constrained in a quasi ... - Read More
Scientists are making it easier for pharmaceutical companies and researchers to see the detailed inner workings of molecular machines 'Inside each cell in our bodies and inside every bacterium and virus are tiny but complex ... - Read More
Ever wonder what's in the black cloud that emits from some semi trucks that you pass on the freeway Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley Lab scientist Thomas Kirchstetter knows very precisely what's in there having ... - Read More
Humans are rapidly changing the look and function of earth's ecosystems from the increase of greenhouse gases to the unintentional and harmful spread of plants and animals to new environments A major challenge for ecologists ... - Read More
Rice University scientists have discovered an environmentally friendly carbon capture method that could be equally adept at drawing carbon dioxide emissions from industrial flue gases and natural gas wells The Rice lab of chemist Andrew ... - Read More
A 12 year University of Illinois study shows that although the use of cover crops does not improve crop yields the practice does increase the amount of sequestered soil organic carbon using three different soil ... - Read More
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