Enhancing solar power with diatoms
Oct 20, 2017
Diatoms, a kind of algae that reproduces prodigiously, have been called "the jewels of the sea" for their ability to manipulate light. Now, researchers hope to harness that property to boost solar technology.
Scientists see order in complex patterns of river deltas
Oct 19, 2017
River deltas, with their intricate networks of waterways, coastal barrier islands, wetlands and estuaries, often appear to have been formed by random processes, but scientists at the University of California, Irvine and other ...
Does the titanium dioxide in food and nanomaterials affect the gut microbiome?
Oct 03, 2017
A new study has shown that the titanium dioxide (TiO2) frequently used in foods, coatings, pigments, and paints that is ingested can affect both the types of bacteria present in the human gut and the pH of the colon. The ...
Team gathers unprecedented data on atmosphere's organic chemistry
Sep 04, 2017
For a few weeks over the summer in 2011, teams of scientists from around the world converged on a small patch of ponderosa pine forest in Colorado to carry out one of the most detailed, extended survey of atmospheric chemistry ...
Biochar could clear the air in more ways than one
Jul 27, 2017
Biochar from recycled waste may both enhance crop growth and save health costs by helping clear the air of pollutants, according to Rice University researchers.
Treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater may pollute area water sources for years
Jul 19, 2017
Given Pennsylvania's abundant natural resources, it's no surprise that the Commonwealth has become a mecca for hydraulic fracturing. Researchers, however, have recently discovered that releasing millions of gallons of treated ...
Destruction of wetlands linked to algal blooms in Great Lakes
Jul 19, 2017
Canada's current wetland protection efforts have overlooked how the environment naturally protects fresh-water resources from agricultural fertilizer contaminants, researchers from the University of Waterloo have found.
Bacteria-coated nanofiber electrodes digest pollutants
Jun 28, 2017
Cornell materials scientists and bioelectrochemical engineers may have created an innovative, cost-competitive electrode material for cleaning pollutants in wastewater.
Focus on pickup trucks, not Priuses, to reduce gasoline use, emissions
Jun 20, 2017
Larger trucks and SUVs with powerful, high-displacement engines are the low-hanging fruit for any policymaker seeking the most efficient path to reducing gasoline use and the associated emissions, according to an issue brief ...
DNA left by ocean animals provides rare glimpse of marine ecosystems
Jun 14, 2017
The ocean might as well be Mars. Like astronomers grasping at ways to identify life on a distant planet, marine scientists have no easy method for detecting sea creatures' presence in the vast watery realm.