Scientists utilise breath and sweat to detect trapped humans
Molecules in their breath, sweat and skin have been used to detect humans in a simulation of a collapsed building, raising the prospect of portable sensors for use in real-life situations, such as the devastating aftermath ...
New look for antiques: Paintings and gilt surfaces can be effectively and gently restored with water-based microemulsion
(PhysOrg.com) -- In the past, restoration of paintings and other old artwork often involved application of acrylic resins to consolidate and protect them. One of the most important tasks for modern restorers ...
Indoor plants found to release volatile organic compounds
Potted plants add a certain aesthetic value to homes and offices, bringing a touch of nature to indoor spaces. It has also been shown that many common house plants have the ability to remove volatile organic ...
Advance toward a breath test to diagnose multiple sclerosis
Scientists are reporting the development and successful tests in humans of a sensor array that can diagnose multiple sclerosis (MS) from exhaled breath, an advance that they describe as a landmark in the long ...
Bringing measuring accuracy to radical treatment
An international team of scientists working at the Plasma Technology research unit at Ghent University, Belgium, has determined for the first time the absolute density of active substances called radicals ...
New technology provides superior ability to rapidly detect volatile organic compounds
Over the past several decades, the progress in micro fabrication technology has revolutionized the world in such fields as computing, signal processing, and automotive manufacturing.
Groundbreaking air-cleaner saves polluting industrials
Industries across Europe are threatened with shutdown as European Union emission rules for Volatile Organic Compounds are tightened. Now an air cleaning invention from the University of Copenhagen has proven ...
Researchers devise a way to measure volatile organic compound exchange in the atmosphere
US to require lower-sulfur gasoline
The Obama administration is expected to propose new rules Friday that would slash the amount of sulfur in gasoline, one of the most significant steps the administration can take this term toward cutting air pollution, said ...
New material could improve safety for first responders to chemical hazards
A new kind of sensor could warn emergency workers when carbon filters in the respirators they wear to avoid inhaling toxic fumes have become dangerously saturated.
Breath test identifies bacteria's fingerprint
(Phys.org)—Scientists have identified the chemical 'fingerprints' given off by specific bacteria when present in the lungs, potentially allowing for a quick and simple breath test to diagnose infections such as tuberculosis.
Electronic nose prototype may be worn for safety-sniffing
Breathing the filth: Hydrocarbons in the air are more toxic than oil in the gulf
What a relief it will be when the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico gets plugged, ending the colossal mess caused by gushing crude. Or will it?
Pa. woman: Chemicals in my water in drilling area
(AP) -- A woman says state environmental officials refused to do follow-up tests after their lab reported her drinking water contained chemicals, but it's unclear where the pollutants came from.