Microbes found in natural asphalt lake
Report blames petroleum industry for 25% of toxic pollutants
The US petroleum industry accounted for a quarter of toxic pollutants recorded across North America in 2005 by a government-backed environmental watchdog, an annual report said on Wednesday.
Researcher looking for nano environmental footprint
(PhysOrg.com) -- University of Alberta biological sciences professor Gregg Goss is on the front line of a new effort to monitor the effects of nanomaterials on the environment.
Getting salty: Can beet juice, other alternatives help to keep the nation's highways ice-free?
While beautiful to look at, snow turns roadways into skating rinks. Coming to the rescue is the humble sodium chloride, also known as salt, which is far and away the simplest and most frequently used deicing ...
Robot fish could monitor water quality
Nature inspires technology for an engineer and an ecologist teamed up at Michigan State University. They're developing robots that use advanced materials to swim like fish to probe underwater environments.
Charcoal biofilter cleans up fertilizer waste gases
Removing the toxic and odorous emissions of ammonia from the industrial production of fertilizer is a costly and energy-intensive process. Now, researchers in Bangladesh have turned to microbes and inexpensive wood charcoal ...
Orchestrator of waste removal rescues cells that can't manage their trash
Just as we must take out the trash to keep our homes clean and safe, it is essential that our cells have mechanisms for dealing with wastes and worn-out proteins. When these processes are not working properly, unwanted debris ...
Researchers monitor 'red tides' in Chesapeake Bay
Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science continue to monitor the algal blooms that have been discoloring Chesapeake Bay waters during the last few weeks. These "red tides" occur in the lower ...
Invisible plastic particles in seawater damaging to sea animals
(Phys.org)—Plastic nanoparticles in seawater can have an adverse effect on sea organisms. Particles measuring about a thirty millionth of a millimetre, and therefore invisible to the naked eye, are responsible. Mussels ...
New research shows how bacterium in Mono Lake survive high arsenic concentrations
Onion soaks up heavy metal, researchers find
Onion and garlic waste from the food industry could be used to mop up hazardous heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium, iron, lead, mercury and tin in contaminated materials, according to a research paper published in the ...
Marine bacteria are natural source of chemical fire retardants
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a widely distributed group of marine bacteria that produce compounds nearly identical to toxic man-made fire retardants.