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October 13, 2015

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October 13, 2015

Rapid Method for Water, Soil Pathogen Screening Developed

Oct. 8, 2015 — A new study defines an accurate, inexpensive, high-throughput, and rapid alternative for screening of pathogens from various environmental samples, the first such study to comprehensively assess ... read more

Oct. 8, 2015 — Fishing line, paper clips, glass marble, glue -- no, not the makings of a MacGyver episode but a new experiment that lets students precisely measure the effects of global warming on ... read more

Strategies to Keep Pollutants out of Your Neighborhood Storm Water Pond

Oct. 7, 2015 — Many people live in subdivisions with storm water ponds, which collect water from the neighborhood and help keep pollutants such as fertilizers, pesticides and pet waste from getting into the broader ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Scientists have calculated that millions of tons of hydrocarbons are produced annually by photosynthetic bacteria in the world's ... read more

Simpler Way to Estimate Feedback Between Permafrost Carbon, Climate

Oct. 5, 2015 — A simple model of permafrost carbon based on direct observations has been developed by a team of scientists. Their approach could help climate scientists evaluate how well permafrost dynamics are ... read more

The Warmer the Higher: Sea-Level Rise from Filchner-Ronne Ice in Antarctica

Oct. 5, 2015 — The more ice is melted of the Antarctic Filchner-Ronne shelf, the more ice flows into the ocean, and the more the region contributes to global sea-level rise. Unlike some some other parts of ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — A novel micro-technology, which captures the electrical power generated by the photosynthesis and respiration of blue-green algae, has been created by ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Researchers use a real life HOLODEC (yes, said like the Star Trek holodeck). The instrument creates a holographic model of water droplets in clouds. Check out the airborne laboratory the researchers ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Climate change is causing more than just warmer oceans and erratic weather. According to scientists, it also has the capacity to alter the shape of the ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Dramatic increases in exposure to toxic chemicals in the last four decades are threatening human reproduction and health, according to experts. Exposure to toxic environmental chemicals is linked to ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — In the battle against weeds, tillage is one of the strongest weapons at the disposal of organic or ecologically based farmers. But, depending on when it is used, tillage can also be a strong driver ... read more

Barley Straw Shows Potential as Transport Biofuel Raw Material

Sep. 30, 2015 — The hemicellulose sugars of barley straw can be effectively fermented into biobutanol, when starch is added during the pre-treatment or fermentation process, shows a new study. Seeking to find ... read more

New Prototype Cleans Air and Removes Pollution

Sep. 29, 2015 — A prototype of a new device could eliminate pesticide residues, grease, detergents, deodorants and general pollution from the atmosphere, reducing health ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — A new study assessing the influence of species diversity of canopy trees on the amount of ozone precursors a forest emits suggests that atmospheric chemistry models in use now may underestimate the ... read more

Broadleaf Trees Show Reduced Sensitivity to Global Warming

Sep. 29, 2015 — The sensitivity of leaf unfolding phenology to climate warming has significantly declined since 1980s, according to a study. Earlier spring leaf unfolding is a frequently observed response of plants ... read more

Sep. 29, 2015 — The United States has fallen behind on offshore wind power, experts say. Their findings show that while offshore wind turbines have been successfully deployed in Europe since 1991, the U.S. is ... read more

Air Pollution, Traffic Linked to Deaths, Organ Rejection in Lung Transplant Patients

Sep. 29, 2015 — For the first time, research shows that lung transplant patients in Europe who live on or near busy roads with high levels of air pollution are more likely to die or to experience chronic organ ... read more

Heat Waves Hit Heat Islands Hardest

Sep. 28, 2015 — A new study details how extreme temperatures affect urban heat islands -- densely built areas where heat-retaining asphalt, brick and concrete make things hotter than their nonurban ... read more

Goods Manufactured in China Not Good for the Environment, Study Finds

Sep. 28, 2015 — Scientists show that products made in China are associated with significantly higher carbon dioxide emissions than the same products made elsewhere. The researchers attribute China's high ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — A landmark study predicts that climate change will have a major impact on life in Antarctica this century. Scientists say that results indicated that by 2100 there would be 25 percent more soil ... read more

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