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August 12, 2020



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Upcycling Plastic Waste Toward Sustainable Energy Storage

Engineering professors and their students have been working for years on creating improved energy storage materials from sustainable sources, such as glass bottles, beach sand, Silly Putty, and ...

New Insight Into the Evolution of Complex Life on Earth

A novel connection between primordial organisms and complex life has been discovered, as new evidence sheds light on the evolutionary origins of the cell division process that is fundamental to ...

New Science Behind Algae-Based Flip-Flops

Sustainable flip-flops: A team of researchers has formulated polyurethane foams made from algae oil to meet commercial specifications for midsole shoes and the foot-bed of ...

Study Finds High Levels of Toxic Pollutants in Stranded Dolphins and Whales

Researchers examined toxins in tissue concentrations and pathology data from 83 stranded dolphins and whales from 2012 to 2018. They looked at 11 different animal species to test for 17 different ...
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A Quick, Cost-Effective Method to Track the Spread of COVID-19 Through Untreated Wastewater

Researchers have demonstrated that, from seven methods commonly used to test for viruses in untreated wastewater, an adsorption-extraction technique can most efficiently detect ...

Disposed PPE Could Be Turned Into Biofuel, Shows New COVID-19 Study

Plastic from used personal protective equipment (PPE) can, and should, be transformed into renewable liquid fuels, according to a new ...

Plastic Flow Into Ocean Expected to Triple by 2040, Action Could Stem Tide More Than 80%

A new analysis finds that without immediate and sustained action, the annual flow of plastic into the ocean could nearly triple by 2040. The study also identifies solutions that could cut this volume ...

Mercury Remains a Persistent Poison in Connecticut's Still River

Researchers are beginning to unravel how century-old mercury pollution impacts local food ...

Dragonflies Reveal Mercury Pollution Levels Across US National Parks

Research confirms dragonfly larvae as ''biosentinels'' to indicate mercury pollution and presents the first-ever survey of mercury pollution in the U.S. National Park ...

What Factors Influence the Likelihood of Fracking-Related Seismicity in Oklahoma?

The depth of a hydraulic fracturing well in Oklahoma, among other factors, increases the probability that fracking will lead to earthquake activity, according to a new ...

Better Wastewater Treatment? It's a Wrap

A shield of graphene helps particles destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the free-floating genes in wastewater treatment ...

Marine Microorganisms: How to Survive Below the Seafloor

Foraminifera, an ancient and ecologically highly successful group of marine organisms, are found on and below the seafloor. Geobiologists report that several species not only survive, but thrive, in ...

A New Species of Darkling Beetle Larvae That Degrade Plastic

A research team confirms biodegradation of polystyrene using darkling beetle larvae found in ...

Children Exposed to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Suffered Physical, Mental Health Effects

A recent study has found that the Deepwater Horizon disaster was harmful to the mental and physical health of children in the ...

Sun and Rain Transform Asphalt Binder Into Potentially Toxic Compounds

Chemists show that asphalt binder, when exposed to sun and water, leaches thousands of potentially toxic compounds into the ...

Low-Cost Catalyst Helps Turn Seawater Into Fuel at Scale

The Navy's quest to power its ships by converting seawater into fuel is one step nearer fruition. Chemical engineers have demonstrated that a potassium-promoted molybdenum carbide catalyst ...

Oil Spill Clean-Up Gets Doggone Hairy

Researchers have found that dog fur and human hair products -- recycled from salon wastes and dog groomers -- can be just as good as synthetic fabrics at cleaning up crude oil spills on hard land ...

Strategies for Recycling of Solar Panels

Researchers have conducted the first global assessment into the most promising approaches to end-of-life management for solar photovoltaic (PV) ...

Using Electricity to Break Down Pollutants Left Over After Wastewater Treatment

Pesticides, pharmaceutical products, and endocrine disruptors are some of the emerging contaminants often found in treated domestic wastewater, even after secondary treatment. Researchers have now ...

Evolutionary Biologists Find Several Fish Adapt in the Same Way to Toxic Water

Several species of fish have adapted to harsh environments using the same mechanism, which brings to question evolutionary chance, according to a new ...

Technique Fishes Valuable Nutrients out of Shrimp Processing Water

The seafood industry requires large amounts of water for food processing. Before used water is discharged, some organic matter, including protein, is typically removed. This sludge is usually ...

Spider Silk Made by Photosynthetic Bacteria

A research team in Japan reported that they succeeded in producing the spider silk -- ultra-lightweight, though, biodegradable and biocompatible material -- using photosynthetic bacteria. This study ...

Engineers Use Electricity to Clean Up Toxic Water

Powerful electrochemical process destroys water contaminants, such as pesticides. Wastewater is a significant environment issue. Researchers say the technology could be readily applied to the wine ...

Nitrogen Pollution Policies Around the World Lag Behind Scientific Knowledge

National and regional policies aimed at addressing pollution fueled by nitrogen lag behind scientific knowledge of the ...

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