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November 26, 2015

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November 26, 2015

Shedding Light on Oil Behaviors Before the Next Spill

Nov. 25, 2015 — There are still critical research gaps hampering efforts to both assess the environmental impacts of crude oil spills and to effectively remediate them, a Canadian, comprehensive scientific report ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — More than half of the world's population is nourished by food grown with fertilizers containing synthetic nitrogen, which is needed for large crop yields but causes significant pollution. With ... read more

Oily Waste With Natural Radionuclides: Stimulates or Inhibits Soil Bacterial Community?

Nov. 23, 2015 — Researchers have revealed both structural and functional changes of the microbial community resistant to and able to decompose oily wastes in soil. The experiment was dedicated to measuring carbon ... read more

Impact of Climate Change on Nutrient Load of Pike River Watershed

Nov. 17, 2015 — Using future climate change scenarios and water quality projections, experts found that sediment and the blue-green algae producing nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen are likely to increase in the ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — In the quest for renewable fuels, scientists are taking lessons from a humble bacterium that fills our oceans and covers moist surfaces the world over. Cyanothece 51142, a type of bacteria also ... read more

Research Links Tundra Fires, Thawing Permafrost

Nov. 10, 2015 — Wildfires on Arctic tundra can contribute to widespread permafrost thaw much like blazes in forested areas, according to a study. The connection between wildfires and permafrost loss is better ... read more

Dust, Iron, Life: How Atmospheric Dust Prepped Earth for Life

Nov. 10, 2015 — Dust begets life, and Earth's atmosphere 300 million years ago was perhaps the dustiest of all time, with large consequences for carbon cycling and the climate system. In a new article ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — The use of chemical dispersants meant to stimulate microbial crude oil degradation can in some cases inhibit microorganisms that naturally degrade hydrocarbons, according to a new study . These ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — Aerosols impact the environment by affecting air quality and alter the Earth's radiative balance by either scattering or absorbing sunlight to varying degrees. What impact does climate change, ... read more

Study Offers Model to Predict How Microbiomes May Respond to Change

Nov. 5, 2015 — Scientists studying microbiomes have created a framework for predicting how the composition of these complex microbial communities may respond to changing ... read more

Student Scientists, Dusty Data, and Dirty Discoveries

Nov. 4, 2015 — Students participating in a revolutionary virtual class leveraged previously unanalyzed pilot data from the National Ecological Observation Network. The class developed a scheme of analyzing effects ... read more

Nov. 4, 2015 — Scientists have discovered a basis of communication in plant cells: The 'MICU' protein controls the calcium ion concentration in the cellular power stations. Using these chemical ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — In August, four universities were included in a new National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center to develop advances in geotechnical engineering that will provide solutions to some of the ... read more

Warmer New England Waters Change Landscape for Cod and Lobsters

Nov. 3, 2015 — An expert says a rapidly changing climate will dramatically change the living marine resources and maritime traditions of seacoast communities, like those of New England and must be accounted for by ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — Diamonds may not be as rare as once believed, but this finding won't mean deep discounts at local jewelry ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — Engineers have identified a new approach for the storage of concentrated solar thermal energy, to reduce its cost and make it more practical for wider ... read more

Some Chemicals Less Damaging to Ozone Can Degrade to Long-Lived Greenhouse Gas

Nov. 3, 2015 — Some substitutes for ozone-damaging chemicals being phased out worldwide under international agreements are themselves potent greenhouse gases and contribute to warming. Now, a new study shows for ... read more

Cow-Calf Grazing Practices Could Determine, Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Nov. 3, 2015 — Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the Southern Great Plains could require a change of grazing management by traditional cow-calf producers, according to a new ... read more

Rotting Oaks Lead to Hazardous Voids in Indiana's Mount Baldy Sand Dune

Nov. 3, 2015 — Mount Baldy, a sand dune in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, may appear to be no more than an innocent pile of sand grains speckled with vegetation, but the rolling slopes hide narrow, deep holes, ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — Converting solar or wind into carbon-based 'fossil' fuels might seem anything but green, but when you start with carbon dioxide -- which can be dragged out of the air -- it's as green ... read more

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