Silver nanoparticles may adversely affect environment
In experiments mimicking a natural environment, Duke University researchers have demonstrated that the silver nanoparticles used in many consumer products can have an adverse effect on plants and microorganisms.
China oil spill to have long-term impact: report
An oil spill off China's eastern coast kept hidden from the public for weeks has caused long-term environmental damage that will hurt the area's fishing industry, state media reported Tuesday.
Roads could help rather than harm the environment, say experts
Two leading ecologists say a rapid proliferation of roads across the planet is causing irreparable damage to nature, but properly planned roads could actually help the environment.
Shedding light on debate over organic vs. conventional agriculture: Study calls for combining best of both approaches
(Phys.org) -- Can organic agriculture feed the world?
New laboratory test assesses how DNA damage affects protein synthesis
Transcription is a cellular process by which genetic information from DNA is copied to messenger RNA for protein production. But anticancer drugs and environmental chemicals can sometimes interrupt this flow of genetic information ...
Practical tool can 'take pulse' of blue-green algae status in lakes
Scientists have designed a screening tool that provides a fast, easy and relatively inexpensive way to predict levels of a specific toxin in lakes that are prone to blue-green algal blooms.
Microbial 'missing link' discovered after man impales hand on tree branch
(Phys.org)—It all started with a crab apple tree. Two years ago, a 71-year-old Indiana man impaled his hand on a branch after cutting down a dead tree. The wound caused an infection that led scientists ...
The slower you grow, the longer you live: Growth rate influences lifespan, research finds
(Phys.org)—New research from the University of Glasgow suggests that lifespan is affected by the rate at which bodies grow early in life.
Scots scientists create car biofuel from whisky by-products
Whisky lovers have another excuse to enjoy a dram -- scientists in Scotland on Tuesday unveiled a biofuel to help power cars developed from the by-products of the distillation process.
Findings on pollution damage to human airways could yield new therapies
Researchers from Duke University Medical Center have identified how nanoparticles from diesel exhaust damage lung airway cells, a finding that could lead to new therapies for people susceptible to airway disease.
Scientists identify protein that improves DNA repair under stress
Cells in the human body are constantly being exposed to stress from environmental chemicals or errors in routine cellular processes. While stress can cause damage, it can also provide the stimulus for undoing the damage. ...
China says air pollution worsening
China's air pollution increased this year for the first time since 2005, the environmental protection ministry has said, due to sandstorms, a rise in construction and industrial projects, and more cars.
BP faces billions in fines as spill trial nears
(AP) -- On the cusp of trial over the catastrophic 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, phalanxes of lawyers, executives and public officials have spent the waning days in settlement talks. Holed up in small ...
Antarctica concerns grow as tourism numbers rise
Across most of Earth, a tourist attraction that sees 35,000 visitors a year can safely be labeled sleepy. But when it's Antarctica, every footstep matters.