Archive: 12/14/2010

The sweetness of biodegradable plastics

Environmentalists around the world agree ― plastic bags are choking our landfills and polluting our seas. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher is developing new laboratory methods using corn starch and sugar to help ...

dateDec 14, 2010 in Materials Science
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Champion hydrogen-producing microbe

Inside a small cabinet the size of a dorm refrigerator in one of Himadri B. Pakrasi's labs, a blue-green soup percolates in thick glass bottles under the cool light of red, blue and green LEDS.

dateDec 14, 2010 in Biochemistry
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Optical water quality assessment

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have proven that measuring fluorescence could improve source water monitoring during a study of the McKenzie River in Oregon. The study was designed to assess ...

dateDec 14, 2010 in Environment
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A positive step in the face of uncertainty

Enormous uncertainty. These two words describe the condition of Phoenix's climate and water supply in the 21st century. Reservoirs have dipped to their lowest levels, continuous drought has plagued the state and forecasts ...

dateDec 14, 2010 in Environment
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Once upon a time in the Intensive Care Unit ...

The first few days after birth is an important time when babies learn to recognize the sound of their parents' voice and the parents in turn bond with their children. However, the separation between parents and newborns admitted ...

dateDec 14, 2010 in Health
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