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Plant-based magnetic nanoparticles with antifungal properties
A team of researchers from Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University obtained magnetic nanoparticles using sweet flag (Acorus calamus). Both the roots and the leaves of this plant have antioxidant, antimicrobial, and insecticide properties. (2021-02-10)

Amino acid studies may aid battle against citrus greening disease
Amino acids in orange juice might reveal secrets to the successful attack strategy of the plant pathogen that causes citrus greening disease, also known as Huanglongbing or HLB. Studies of these amino acids by USDA scientists and cooperators may pave the way to a safe, effective, environmentally friendly approach to undermine the microbial culprit behind HLB. (2013-01-14)

Using nature's own solvents for the preparation of pure lignin
Lignin can now be efficiently and cost-effectively separated from sawdust, by using eutectic solvents. (2016-10-04)

Highly efficient production of advanced biofuel by metabolically engineered microorganism
A Korean research team led by Distinguished Professor Sang Yup Lee at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST, applied a systems metabolic engineering approach to improve the production of butanol through enhancing the performance of Clostridium acetobutylicum, one of the best known butanol-producing bacteria. (2012-10-23)

A European project to achieve more sustainable production and distribution of foodstuffs
The European project SENSE aims to contribute towards getting the food and drink sector to engage in more environmentally sustainable production, transformation and distribution of its products. Azti-Tecnalia is coordinating this community initiative that comes within the 7th Framework Program of the European Union, and in which 23 members are participating, including companies, foodstuff associations and research centers from 12 European countries. (2012-02-22)

Purdue joins Midwest effort to create biobased products
As this summer's gasoline prices soar skyward, Purdue University has joined with five other institutions to help the United States free itself from dependence on petroleum- based products. The Midwest Consortium for Sustainable Biobased Products and Bioenergy was created to combine research efforts in the development of new renewable chemical products. (2000-06-14)

Breast-friendly, radiation-free alternative to mammogram in the making
Each year around a million women in the Netherlands undergo mammograms for early detection of possible breast cancer. It's an unpleasant procedure that uses X-rays. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology are working on a 'breast-friendly' method, without radiation, that is more accurate and generates 3-D rather than 2-D images. They published their proof of concept earlier this month in the online journal Scientific Reports. (2016-11-03)

New findings move flexible lighting technology toward commercial feasibility
Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology holds promise for developing residential and commercial lighting options with greatly enhanced levels of flexibility as well as environmental, health, and cost benefits -- but challenges remain. A new article in the Journal of Photonics for Energy, published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, identifies next steps toward solving those challenges and reaching commercial feasibility. (2015-09-03)

Greener molecular intermediates may aid drug design
Rice University scientists simplify their method to make molecular precursors for biologically active compounds, making it more environmentally friendly in the process. The new technique could be a boon to researchers who synthesize new drugs and other fine chemicals. (2017-07-05)

New computational tool improves gene identification
Looking to improve the identification of genes associates with disease, a team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine has developed a new bioinformatics tool that analyzes CRISPR pooled screen data and identifies candidates for potentially relevant genes with greater sensitivity and accuracy than other existing methods. (2019-05-06)

Highlighting product greenness may put consumers off buying
New research suggests that companies looking to promote their latest environmentally friendly product should downplay its green credentials if they want consumers to buy it. By highlighting green attributes through advertising, in some situations firms risk generating associations with weak product performance, say researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and University of Leeds. This is because of the performance ability sometimes associated with green products, whereby consumers perceive them as being less effective. (2020-02-28)

Click! That's how modern chemistry bonds nanoparticles to a substrate
Nanoparticles of various types can be quickly and permanently bonded to a solid substrate, if one of the most effective methods of synthesis, click chemistry, is used for this purpose. The novel method has been presented by a team of researchers from the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. (2015-03-19)

Collaboration could lead to biodegradable computer chips
In an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has collaborated with researchers in the Madison-based US Department of Agriculture Forest Products Laboratory to develop a surprising solution: a semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood. (2015-05-26)

Case Western Reserve grants exclusive license to Compadre; AeroClay LLC is formed
Compadre, a company best known for transit packaging solutions, has obtained an exclusive license to pursue commercial uses for AeroClay, an innovative technology developed in a Case Western Reserve University materials lab. AeroClay technology uses freeze-drying and polymer additives to turn clay into a versatile material that is sturdy, malleable, heat- and flame-resistant and eco-friendly. (2014-02-20)

Environmental costs may be higher than you think
Companies with less than ten employees may be losing money and opportunities as a result of lack of knowledge of environmentally-friendly work practices, suggest researchers at Cardiff University. (2002-03-19)

Ice is no match for CSU-developed coating
Researchers led by Arun Kota, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering at Colorado State University, have created an environmentally friendly, inexpensive, long-lasting coating that could keep everything from cars and ships to planes and power lines ice-free. (2016-11-17)

New commentary on the famous 'Warning to Humanity' paper brings up global inequalities
By pointing out the western lifestyle is not 'the norm and end goal of societal evolution', a research team contributes to the debate on the urgency of achieving sustainability, as ignited by the largely publicised article 'World Scientists' Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice' (2017). Their Response paper in the open-access journal Rethinking Ecology cautions that not considering inequalities in resource distribution and usage can lead to prescriptive solutions and fail at sustainable outcomes. (2019-04-08)

New green materials could power smart devices using ambient light
Researchers have developed environmentally friendly materials that could harvest enough energy from indoor light to power wireless smart devices. (2020-11-13)

EPA grant to UC engineering makes for a better environment
The US Environmental Protection Agency has awarded nearly $700,000 to Dionysios Dionysiou at the University of Cincinnati to study processes used to purify drinking water. The research will establish a baseline understanding of how toxins produced by cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) can be changed by exposure to ultraviolet light, a process used to disinfect drinking water. The research will be critical to developing environmentally friendly, cost-efficient UV technologies to treat water contaminated by such toxins. (2008-01-08)

Using ultrasound to control toxic algal blooms
University of Adelaide researchers are investigating the use of ultrasound as an environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to controlling blue-green algae in our fresh water supplies. (2010-07-06)

Sausalito team wins Häagen-Dazs-UC Davis 'Bee Friendly' garden competition
A Sausalito, California team has won the Häagen-Dazs-UC Davis Honey Bee Haven Design Competition, which drew entries throughout the world. The garden will come to life this summer at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the University of California, Davis. (2009-02-26)

GHSU researcher develops non-toxic dandruff shampoo
Dandruff sufferers will soon have a non-toxic product to treat the condition, says a researcher at Georgia Health Sciences University. (2012-04-30)

More efficient way to make popular prescription medication
In a demonstration of the power of green chemistry, scientists are reporting development of a new and more efficient process for making one of the most costly and widely used medications for severe mental illness. Described in a report in the journal ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, it produces larger amounts of the medication than the existing commercial process while reducing the use of solvents and other potentially toxic substances. (2013-01-23)

Enabling easy access to DNA sequence information
The European Nucleotide Archive is launched today, consolidating three major sequence resources to become Europe's primary access point to globally comprehensive DNA and RNA sequence information. The ENA is freely available from the European Bioinformatics Institute, a part of European Molecular Biology Laboratory. (2010-05-10)

Low levels of endocrine disruptors in the environment may cause sex reversal in female frogs
Many studies have been conducted on the dangers of endocrine disrupting chemicals that mimic or block estrogen, the primary female hormone. Now new research shows that similar harm can be done by chemicals that affect male hormones, or androgens. (2015-08-03)

UC Davis study says logos make a group seem real
New research at the University of California, Davis, shows that logos create the impression that a group is unified, effective and coordinated, even when the members of the group don't really seem that way on their own. (2016-04-15)

Smart skin made of recyclable materials may transform medicine and robotics
Smart skin that can respond to external stimuli could have important applications in medicine and robotics. (2016-02-19)

Flexible, organic and biodegradable: Stanford researchers develop new wave of electronics
A new semiconductor developed by Stanford researchers is as flexible as skin and easily degradable. It could have diverse medical and environmental applications, without adding to the mounting pile of global electronic waste. (2017-05-02)

European badgers' gut bacteria may be a powerful ally in the fight against tuberculosis
What do cattle, European badgers, and gut bacteria have in common? They are all central players in a complex web surrounding a disease that affects multiple species, often with devastating results -- tuberculosis. Now, new research funded by Morris Animal Foundation is shedding light on how one player, gut bacteria, may help protect both badgers and cattle from this common, pervasive and deadly illness. (2018-10-03)

What motivates sales of pollinator-friendly plants?
Pollinator issues have emerged as critical within public awareness. As a result, many consumers and activists have advocated for the removal of commonly used pesticides. As various media and activist groups provide information (positive, neutral, and negative) about the impact of pesticides on pollinators, no information exists regarding how consumer behavior is altered based on such information. The authors determined how both information source and information type have an impact on a consumer's decision to purchase pollinator-friendly plants in the future. (2020-03-24)

Researchers unveil wearable computational jewelry to monitor health
Researchers from Clemson University and Dartmouth College revealed their computational jewelry to support mobile health applications at the third USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. (2014-04-29)

Engineers teach old chemical new tricks to make cleaner fuels, fertilizers
University researchers from two continents have engineered an efficient and environmentally friendly catalyst for the production of molecular hydrogen, a compound used extensively in modern industry to manufacture fertilizer and refine crude oil into gasoline. (2014-01-26)

Getting dirty may lift your mood
Treatment of mice with a (2007-04-01)

Efficient low-cost method for hydrogenation of graphene with visible light
An environmentally friendly, efficient and low-cost method for hydrogenation of graphene with visible light has been developed by researchers at Uppsala University and AstraZeneca Gothenburg, Sweden. The research study is presented in an article in Nature Communications. (2016-10-06)

Scripps Florida scientists devise new, lower cost method to create more usable fuels
As the United States continues to lead the world in the production of natural gas, scientists from the Florida campus of he Scripps Research Institute have devised a new and more efficient method with the potential to convert the major components found in natural gas into useable fuels and chemicals -- opening the door to cheaper, more abundant energy and materials with much lower emissions. (2014-03-13)

Basque research harnessed to manufacture more environmentally friendly vehicles
The IK4 R&D Alliance has been leading a European project in which new techniques have been designed to manufacture lighter structural automotive parts. (2015-11-18)

Farming for improved ecosystem services seen as economically feasible
Research conducted over 25 years shows that lowering -- or avoiding -- the use of chemical fertilizers in row-crop agriculture in the northern United States can reduce polluting nitrogen runoff, mitigate greenhouse warming, and improve soils while producing good crop yields. 'No-till' agriculture provided some similar benefits. The most effective regimes required that farmers adopt more complex crop rotations, but many indicated that they would accept payments to do so, and the public seems willing to pay. (2014-04-09)

'Residual echo' of ancient humans in scans may hold clues to mental disorders
Researchers have produced the first direct evidence that parts of our brains implicated in mental disorders may be shaped by a 'residual echo' from Neanderthal DNA in our genomes. Evidence from MRI scans suggests that such ancient genetic variation may affect the way our brains work today -- and may hold clues to understanding deficits seen in schizophrenia and autism-related disorders. (2017-07-25)

Transforming carbon dioxide
A new technique to increase the efficiency of carbon dioxide (CO2) electrolysis that may lead to the production of new chemicals and fuels. (2018-09-25)

Magdeburg researchers refute theory of collective (non-)action
The theory of collective action states that there is no incentive for individuals in large groups to participate in the provision of work for public benefit. With the largest laboratory experiment in economic research to date, a group of German experimental economists have now shaken this theory to the core and made an astonishing discovery: Our commitment is by no means only dependent on the influence we have. What is far more important is whether we really know what we are striving for. (2019-08-12)

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