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Research Seeks Alternatives for Reducing Bacteria in Fresh Produce Using Nanoengineering

Apr. 29, 2015 — Nearly half of foodborne illnesses in the US have been attributed to contaminated fresh produce. Prevention and control of bacterial contamination on fresh produce is critical to ensure food safety. ... read more

Apr. 29, 2015 — Since most foam materials are made of petrochemical plastics, they aren’t very climate-friendly. But now an alternative is in sight – a novel foam material produced entirely from wood, which is ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — Use of clean fuels and updated pollution control measures in the school buses 25 million children ride every day could result in 14 million fewer absences from school a year, based on a new ... read more

Soy: It's Good for Eating, Baking -- And Cleaning Up Crude Oil Spills

Apr. 22, 2015 — If you've studied ingredient labels on food packaging, you've probably noticed that soy lecithin is in a lot of products, ranging from buttery spreads to chocolate cake. Scientists have now ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Gas hydrate is also known as the ice that burns. And all that burns releases energy. And a lot of energy is stored in hydrates and there are gigatons of it stored in the sediments of the ... read more

Apr. 20, 2015 — Before Deepwater Horizon, scientists didn't know that oil and marine snow had anything to do with each other. "Marine snow is like dust bunnies in the house," explained a research ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — More American homes could be powered by the Earth's natural underground heat with a nontoxic fluid that could cut in half the amount of water needed for a new power generation method called ... read more

Novel Plasma Diagnostics Method

Apr. 16, 2015 — Physicists have now devised an elegant plasma pressure diagnostic method by studying forces akin to the pressure change at the inner walls of energy saving light bulb when the light is switched on. ... read more

New Technique Could Slash Energy Used to Produce Many Plastics

Apr. 14, 2015 — A new material could radically reduce the energy needed to produce a wide variety of plastic products, from grocery bags and cling wrap to replacement hips and bulletproof ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new way to use plant oils like olive and linseed oil to create polyurethane, a plastic material used in everything from foam insulation panels to tires, hoses and ... read more

Apr. 15, 2015 — A mesh with a high-tech coating captures oil while water passes right through. With further development of this technology, the researchers say, "you could potentially catch an oil spill with a ... read more

Burying the Climate Change Problem

Apr. 13, 2015 — Burying the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, a byproduct of burning fossil fuels, has been mooted as one geoengineering approach to ameliorating climate change. Now, a team of researchers has reviewed ... read more

New Material Could Boost Batteries' Power, Help Power Plants

Apr. 10, 2015 — You're going to have to think very small to understand something that has the potential to be very big. A team of researchers has developed a material that acts as a superhighway for ions. The ... read more

Apr. 10, 2015 — Through the laws of physics and application of a mathematical model of fluid mechanics, a new software calculates when an irregularity occurs on site of a gas, oil or water pipe. The software is ... read more

Research Could Usher in Next Generation of Batteries, Fuel Cells

Apr. 10, 2015 — Scientists have made a discovery that could dramatically improve the efficiency of batteries and fuel cells. The research involves improving the transport of oxygen ions, a key component in ... read more

Apr. 10, 2015 — Researchers have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This research is part of a program of work aimed ... read more

How Unwanted CDs and DVDs Could Help Cut Carbon Emissions

Apr. 8, 2015 — Now that most consumers download and stream their movies and music, more and more CDs and DVDs will end up in landfills or be recycled. But soon these discarded discs could take on a different role: ... read more

Increased Levels of Radon in Pennsylvania Homes Correspond to Onset of Fracking

Apr. 9, 2015 — Researchers say that levels of radon in Pennsylvania homes -- where 42 percent of readings surpass what the U.S. government considers safe -- have been on the rise since 2004, around the time that ... read more

Making Oil Easier to Manage: Scientists Manage to Reduce Viscosity of Heavy Oil by 90%

Apr. 8, 2015 — A multidisciplinary scientific team improved the physical properties of heavy and extra heavy oil as viscosity, surface tension and density by applying chemicals. The purpose is to facilitate its ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — Refining natural gas into an easy-to-transport, easy-to-store liquid so far has been a challenge. But now, a new material is making this process a little ... read more

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