To clean up the mine, let Ascomycete fungus reproduce
Harvard-led researchers have discovered that an Ascomycete fungus that is common in polluted water produces environmentally important minerals during asexual reproduction.
Researchers get new view of how water and sulfur dioxide mix
High in the sky, water in clouds can act as a temptress to lure airborne pollutants such as sulfur dioxide into reactive aqueous particulates. Although this behavior is not incorporated into today's climate-modeling ...
Animal with the most genes? A tiny crustacean: First crustacean genome sequenced
Complexity ever in the eye of its beholders, the animal with the most genes -- about 31,000 -- is the near-microscopic freshwater crustacean Daphnia pulex, or water flea. By comparison, humans have about ...
Paper strips can quickly detect toxin in drinking water
(PhysOrg.com) -- A strip of paper infused with carbon nanotubes can quickly and inexpensively detect a toxin produced by algae in drinking water. Engineers at the University of Michigan led the development of the new biosensor.
One Sponge-Like Material, Three Different Applications
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new sponge-like material that is black, brittle and freeze-dried (just like the ice cream astronauts eat) can pull off some pretty impressive feats. Designed by Northwestern University chemists, it can ...
Molting tougher on the mayfly than previously thought
It's not easy being a mayfly. Mayflies are insects that spend most of their life in water and provide clues about the health of our streams and other waterways.
Student's six-foot water and solar-powered lens purifies polluted water
(Phys.org) —Water may appear to be an abundant resource, but in some parts of the world clean water is hard to come by.
Japan to create underground ice wall at crippled nuclear plant
Japan's nuclear regulator on Monday approved a plan to freeze the soil under the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to try to slow the build-up of radioactive water, officials said.
Dangerous nitrogen pollution could be halved
The most important fertilizer for producing food is, at the same time, one of the most important risks for human health: nitrogen. Chemical compounds containing reactive nitrogen are major drivers of air ...
Measuring ice particles and water vapor in the upper troposphere
A Colorado State University-led research team is designing and building a new instrument to help NASA measure ice particles in clouds and water vapor in the upper troposphere.
Clean Air Act has led to improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed
A new study shows that the reduction of pollution emissions from power plants in the mid-Atlantic is making an impact on the quality of the water that ends up in the Chesapeake Bay. The study by scientists ...
Minamata convention treaty seeks to reduce mercury pollution
Spinning CDs to clean sewage water
Audio CDs, all the rage in the '90s, seem increasingly obsolete in a world of MP3 files and iPods, leaving many music lovers with the question of what to do with their extensive compact disk collections. ...
Study: Methane leaks from gas drilling not huge
Drilling and fracking for natural gas do not seem to spew immense amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the air, as has been feared, a new study says.