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October 27, 2016

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October 27, 2016

Oct. 26, 2016 — Hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich, is far more abundant in drinking water wells in North Carolina than previously thought, a new study ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — Environmental contaminants such as PFASs can be transferred from mother to offspring through the placenta and mother's milk, exposing the young mammal before and after birth. PFASs are a family ... read more

Oct. 24, 2016 — One of the most detailed genomic studies of any ecosystem to date has revealed an underground world of stunning microbial diversity, and added dozens of new branches to the tree of life. The ... read more

Oct. 20, 2016 — Lignin is a bulky chain of molecules found in wood and is usually discarded during biofuel production. But in a new method to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, the simple addition of formaldehyde ... read more

Biomass Heating Could Get a 'Green' Boost With the Help of Fungi

Oct. 19, 2016 — In colder weather, people have long been warming up around campfires and woodstoves. Lately, this idea of burning wood or other biomass for heat has surged in popularity as an alternative to using ... read more

Oct. 19, 2016 — Improved barn design, cleaning processes, and manure treatment could reduce ammonia emissions from commercial dairy cattle barns by 17 to 50%, according to a new study. The study provides a list of ... read more

Oct. 19, 2016 — Algae with altered intracellular signaling have increased oil yields, report scientists. This finding may represent a way to make algae better oil producers without sacrificing ... read more

Oct. 18, 2016 — Lignocellulosic biomass—plant matter such as cornstalks, straw, and woody plants—is a sustainable source for production of bio-based fuels and chemicals. However, the deconstruction of biomass is ... read more

Oct. 18, 2016 — The oceans hold a vast reservoir -- 700 billion tons -- of carbon, dissolved in seawater as organic matter, often surviving for thousands of years after being produced by ocean life. Yet, little is ... read more

Oct. 17, 2016 — The first large-scale map of rainfall declines revealed by signatures in ancient soil could help researchers better understand profound regional and global climate ... read more

Finding Ideal Materials for Carbon Capture

Oct. 17, 2016 — In recent years, a class of highly absorbent, nanoporous materials called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have emerged as a promising material for carbon capture in power plants. But finding the ... read more

Oct. 14, 2016 — An extensive study has mapped the effects of small farmers on the rain forests of Southeast Asia for the first time. The findings are discouraging, with regard to environmental impact, biodiversity ... read more

Wind Patterns in Lowest Layers of Supercell Storms Key to Predicting Tornadoes

Oct. 13, 2016 — Wind patterns in the lowest 500 meters of the atmosphere near supercell thunderstorms can help predict whether that storm will generate a tornado, report ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — A comet strike may have triggered the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM), a rapid warming of Earth caused by an accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide 56 million years ago, which offers ... read more

Team Delivers a Champion in Carbon Dioxide Conversion

Oct. 13, 2016 — A research team has developed an innovative concept to convert carbon dioxide into valuable products. The new process, coined “super-dry” methane reforming, intensifies carbon dioxide conversion, ... read more

Healthy Soil Is Essential to a Circular Economy

Oct. 13, 2016 — To achieve the Dutch government's objective of realizing a circular economy in the Netherlands, it is essential to maintain the productivity of the country's farmland. Healthy soil produces ... read more

Support for Fracking Is at an All-Time Low, Says New English Survey

Oct. 13, 2016 — As the Government gives the go-ahead to resume fracking in the UK, a new survey has shown that public support for the extraction and use of shale gas has fallen from over 58 per cent in July 2013 to ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — As they grow, corals are bathed in a sea of marine microbes, such as bacteria, algae, and viruses. While these extremely abundant and tiny microorganisms influence coral communities in a variety of ... read more

Salty Snow Could Affect Air Pollution in the Arctic

Oct. 12, 2016 — In pictures, the Arctic appears pristine and timeless with its barren lands and icy landscape. In reality, the area is rapidly changing. Scientists are working to understand the chemistry behind ... read more

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