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October 9, 2015

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October 9, 2015

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

Most Homeowners Can't Properly Assess Damage to Their Trees

Oct. 6, 2015 — The next time a storm tears up your yard, let an expert assess the damage to any trees. A study shows that homeowners perceive the risk of a damaged tree differently than trained ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — Regrowth of trees explains why grasslands in western Africa known as the Sahel have recovered after devastating droughts in the 1970s and 1980s, according to research. Previous studies have suggested ... 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

Oct. 5, 2015 — Perovskite solar cells are cheaper to make than traditional silicon cells and their electricity conversion efficiency is improving rapidly. To be commercially viable, perovskite cells need to scale ... read more

Oct. 5, 2015 — The targets for lower emissions of carbon dioxide from Europe's basic industries are out of reach, without urgent introduction of innovative carbon dioxide mitigation technologies, say ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Scientists working off west Africa in the Cape Verde Islands have found evidence that the sudden collapse of a volcano there tens of thousands of years ago generated an ocean tsunami that dwarfed ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — As the largest animals to have ever lived on Earth, blue whales maintain their enormous body size through efficient foraging strategies that optimize the energy they gain from the krill they eat, ... read more

Oct. 2, 2015 — Novel and scalable technology and production process has been developed combining algal biomass cultivation, harvesting and concentration as well as extraction and fractionation of fatty acids from ... 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

New Biodegradable Materials Could Replace Plastic Bags

Oct. 2, 2015 — As England gets set to start paying for plastic bags, researchers are making inroads into developing alternative biodegradable materials that could potentially replace fossil fuel derived ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — A new study explores one of the 'big five' mass extinctions, the Permian-Triassic event, revealing unexpected results about the types of animals that were most vulnerable to extinction, and ... 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

Simulating Path of 'Magma Mush' Inside an Active Volcano

Oct. 1, 2015 — The first simulation of the individual crystals in volcanic mush, a mix of liquid magma and solid crystals, shows mixing to help understand the buildup of pressure deep inside a ... read more

Oct. 1, 2015 — Local habitat variability in northwest streams can help shield coastal cutthroat trout from the effects of forest harvest and climate change, a new study has ... 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 — With news coming this week that NASA has confirmed the presence of flowing saltwater on the surface of Mars, the hunt for life on the Red Planet has new momentum. Now, Eocene rock samples from the ... 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

Sep. 30, 2015 — In an effort to help develop a domestic supply of rare earth elements, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have developed a novel method of chemically separating these materials -- ... read more

The Danish Nitrogen Budget in a Nutshell

Sep. 30, 2015 — To get a clearer overall picture of the sources and sinks of nitrogen, scientists have developed a national nitrogen budget for Denmark for the years 1990 to 2010. The budget shows inputs and outputs ... read more

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