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Crude life
A new project that blends art and science to gather and communicate new information on the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has been funded by the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative, a project of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. (2016-07-05)

New research may help to develop effective pain killers
If you have ever chopped chilies and then accidentally touched your eyes you will be familiar with the burning sensation that this causes. However, the substance responsible for this sensation can also have beneficial effects. Unfortunately, it often causes side effects such as a strong burning sensation. Researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg have now identified another substance that could be just as effective at combating severe pain but is much more easily tolerated. (2016-06-30)

Study finds new tool to measure homeland security risks
Researchers have validated a new risk assessment tool that can be used by the Department of Homeland Security to help evaluate decisions and priorities in natural disasters, terrorist events, and major accidents. (2016-06-30)

Conservation key to curbing emissions from palm oil agriculture in Africa
As oil palm production expands from Southeast Asia into Central Africa, a Duke-led study finds that converting Africa's forests into monoculture plantations could trigger significant carbon emissions unless governments enact mandatory policies regulating which forests can be cleared and how much remaining forest must be set aside for conservation. Developing only low-carbon forests and requiring that one acre be set aside for every 2.6 acres put into production will be essential for achieving net-zero emissions. (2016-06-28)

Pipelines affect health, fitness of salmon, study finds
Pipelines carrying crude oil to ports in British Columbia may spell bad news for salmon, according to a new University of Guelph-led study. Exposure to an oil sands product -- diluted bitumen -- impairs the swimming ability and changes the heart structures of young salmon. (2016-06-28)

At the droplet of a hat: Capturing mixable liquid interaction
The spreading of mixable liquids into 'droplet hats' was observed for the first time, which could lead to insight into improving strategies for cleaning animals affected by oil spills. (2016-06-28)

UI researcher finds link between gut bacteria and MS
Researchers are now saying bad gut bacteria -- or an insufficient amount of good bacteria -- may have a direct link to multiple sclerosis. (2016-06-27)

Consumption of omega-3s linked to lower risk of fatal heart disease
A global consortium of researchers banded together to conduct an epidemiological study analyzing specific omega-3 fatty acid biomarkers and heart disease. They found that blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids from seafood and plant-based foods are associated with a lower risk of fatal heart attack. (2016-06-27)

Stanford scientists find 'water windfall' beneath California's Central Valley
New research indicates that California's Central Valley harbors three times more groundwater than previously estimated, but challenges to using it include pumping costs, ground subsidence and possible contamination from fracking and other oil and gas activities. (2016-06-27)

Huge helium discovery 'safeguards future supply for MRI scanners'
Researchers have developed systematic search methods to discover one of the world's biggest helium gas fields, associated with volcanoes in the Tanzanian Rift Valley. This is the first time that helium has been found intentionally -- previous finds were by accident -- and opens the way for further large finds. This work is reported at the Goldschmidt conference in Yokohama, Japan. (2016-06-27)

UH researchers discover a new method to boost oil recovery
As oil producers struggle to adapt to lower prices, getting as much oil as possible out of every well has become even more important, despite concerns from nearby residents that some chemicals used to boost production may pollute underground water resources. Researchers from the University of Houston have reported the discovery of a nanotechnology-based solution that could address both issues -- achieving 15 percent tertiary oil recovery at low cost, without the large volume of chemicals used in most commercial fluids. (2016-06-27)

Mycobacterium in olive oil for cancer treatment
Researchers from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia have revealed a way to effectively deliver a mycobacterium needed for the treatment of bladder cancer in humans. The method, based on an emulsion using olive oil and tested on mice, was recently published in the journal Scientific Reports. (2016-06-23)

Researchers discover new chemical sensing technique
Researchers from the University of Houston have reported a new technique to determine the chemical composition of materials using near-infrared light. The work could have a number of potential applications, including improving downhole drilling analysis in the oil and gas industry and broadening the spectrum of solar light that can be harvested and converted to electricity. (2016-06-22)

Understanding rogue ocean waves may be simple after all
An international team of scientists has developed a relatively simple mathematical explanation for the rogue ocean waves that can develop seemingly out of nowhere to sink ships and overwhelm oil platforms with walls of water as much as 25 meters high. (2016-06-21)

Versatile method yields synthetic biology building blocks
In synthetic biology, scientists routinely create micro-compartments, so called vesicles, such as liposomes and polymersomes. Julien Petit from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation in Göttingen, Germany and colleagues have developed a high-throughput method -- based on microfluidics -- for creating stable liposomes and polymersomes of controlled size without having to change the design of the device or the combination of liquids. Recently, they published their results in EPJ E. (2016-06-21)

$1.3 million grant to predict fluid behavior, enhance oil recovery
In the US, approximately 60 percent of oil underground is inaccessible through conventional recovery methods, but through a new $1.3 million grant from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Russell Johns, professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering, is developing improved methods to free the once-trapped fossil fuel. (2016-06-21)

New surface makes oil contamination remove itself
Researchers of Aalto University have developed surfaces where oil transports itself to desired directions. Researchers' oleophobic surfaces are microtextured with radial arrays of undercut stripes. When oil drops fall on surfaces, drops move away from the landing point to the direction set by asymmetric geometrical patterning of the surface. The surfaces open up new avenues for power-free liquid transportation and oil contamination self-removal applications in analytical and fluidic devices. (2016-06-17)

David W. Schindler to receive the SETAC Rachel Carson Award
The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry will present David W. Schindler, an international renowned American/Canadian limnologist who recently retired from the University of Alberta and who is best known for his work on the role of laundry detergent phosphates as a pollutant killing lakes, with the prestigious Rachel Carson Award at the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting on Nov. 6, in Orlando, Florida. (2016-06-17)

Woodside Innovation Centre launches at Monash
Monash University and Woodside today announced the launch of a new Innovation Centre, bringing together the University's pioneering research and design capabilities with one of Australia's leading oil and gas companies. The partnership aims to drive significant advances in the energy sector, bringing positive economic benefits to Australia. (2016-06-16)

Global ethane concentrations rising again, says CU-Boulder-led study
Global emissions of ethane, an air pollutant and greenhouse gas, are on the uptick again, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. (2016-06-14)

Geohazard: Giant sinkholes near West Texas oil patch towns are growing -- as new ones lurk
Two giant sinkholes that sit between two West Texas oil patch towns are growing -- and two new ones appear to be lurking, say geophysicists at Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Satellite radar images reveal substantial ground movement in and around the infamous sinkholes near Wink, Texas -- suggesting expansion of the two existing holes, with subsidence in two other nearby areas suggesting new ones may surface. (2016-06-14)

Chemicals from wood waste
Vitamins, medication, solvents, crop protection products and polymers -- in future, it will be possible to manufacture many of these from wood waste. The processes will also be at least as cost-effective, environmentally friendly and safe as current oil-based processes. This has been demonstrated by an international team of researchers headed by ETH scientists. (2016-06-13)

Climate consequences of oil price uncertainty could be significant
Oil prices can have a major impact on the types and quantities of energy sources used -- and thus on greenhouse gas emissions. A new study from researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and the World Bank is the first to quantify the energy and emissions impacts of future fuel prices and the various unknowns these impacts depend on. (2016-06-13)

What's driving the next generation of green products?
If you purchased a Toyota Prius, you may have been driven by the desire to conserve the environment or to save yourself some money at the gas pump. But consumers may also choose to buy sustainable products to make themselves appear socially responsible to others. Before making purchases, they evaluate how their decisions will stack up against their peers', according to a new Berkeley-Haas study. (2016-06-09)

'Foreign' crops dominate national food consumption and farming practices worldwide
The origins of over two-thirds of the grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and other agricultural crops countries grow and consume can be traced to ancient breadbaskets in distant parts of the world, according to an exhaustive peer-reviewed report published today. (2016-06-07)

The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology: Mediterranean diet high in healthy fat does not lead to weight gain, according to randomized trial
Eating a non-calorie restricted Mediterranean diet high in vegetable fats such as olive oil or nuts does not lead to significant weight gain compared to a low-fat diet, according to a large randomized trial published today in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal. The study suggests that current health guidelines that recommend a low-fat, low-calorie diet create unnecessary fear of healthy fats present in a Mediterranean diet, which have known health benefits. (2016-06-06)

Enzyme-aided recovery methods help in extracting protein from rapeseed press cake
One-third of cold-pressed rapeseed press cake consists of nutritionally valuable protein that could have many other uses besides animal feed. (2016-06-06)

Dartmouth team makes breakthrough toward fish-free aquaculture feed
Dartmouth College scientists have discovered that marine microalgae can completely replace the wild fish oil currently used to feed tilapia, the second most farmed fish in the world and the most widely farmed in the United States. (2016-06-03)

Hydraulic fracturing chemical spills on agricultural land need scrutiny
Hydraulic fracturing, a widely used method for extracting oil and gas from otherwise impenetrable shale and rock formations, involves not only underground injections composed mostly of water, but also a mixture of chemical additives. Colorado State University researchers set out to discover whether the degradation of these chemicals in agricultural soil are affected by co-contamination. (2016-06-01)

What happens to hydraulic fracturing wastewater on cropland
The use of hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' has grown rapidly in the US over the past 15 years -- but concerns persist that the oil and gas extraction method could harm the environment and people's health. To better understand its potential effects, scientists simulated what would happen to the wastewater produced by the technique after a spill. They published their findings in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. (2016-06-01)

Multimillion-dollar funding for commercial waste-to-biofuel plants
It's been a busy few days for Australian start-up Licella, whose innovative technology, developed in partnership with the University of Sydney, is the subject of new contracts with global investors in Canada and the UK that allow the re-imagining of the huge pulp and paper industry as biorefineries and the upgrading of end-of-life, difficult-to-recycle plastics -- turning waste into renewable or recycled fuel blend-stocks. (2016-05-31)

Geophysicist Boris Kaus receives ERC Proof of Concept Grant
Geophysicist Professor Boris Kaus of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has received grant money from the European Union to improve the exploration of crude oil and natural gas in the vicinity of salt deposits. This grant will support the joined work of Kaus's group and industrial partners testing new methods in sedimentary basins where salt is present and demonstrate their economic feasibility and cost-reducing potential. (2016-05-30)

'Dirty Blizzard' sent 2010 Gulf oil spill pollution to seafloor
Scientists working in the Gulf of Mexico have found that contaminants from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill lingered in the subsurface water for months after oil on the surface had been swept up or dispersed. In a new study, they detailed how remnants of the oil, black carbon from burning oil slicks and contaminants from drilling mud combined with microscopic algae and other marine debris to descend in a 'dirty blizzard' to the seafloor. (2016-05-30)

Tasty fat: X-rays finding the blueprint of why fat is yummy
Over three years, a University of Guelph team has brought increasingly complex samples of edible fat to the APS for research. (2016-05-27)

Small offshore oil spills put seabirds at risk: Industry self-monitoring failing
Seabirds exposed to even a dime-sized amount of oil can die of hypothermia in cold-water regions, but despite repeated requests by Environment Canada, offshore oil operators are failing when it comes to self-monitoring of small oil spills, says new research out of York University. Chronic pollution from many small oil spills may have greater population-level impacts on seabirds than a single large spill, suggest researchers Gail Fraser and Vincent Racine of York University. (2016-05-26)

New water-quality data on impact of corn, soybeans on nitrate in Iowa streams
As Iowa farmers have planted more acres of corn to meet the demand driven by the corn-based ethanol industry, many models predicted that nitrate concentrations in Iowa streams would increase accordingly. However, recent University of Iowa research based on water monitoring and published in the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation casts doubt on these predictions. (2016-05-24)

Temporary oilfield workers are major factor in increased water use in N. Dakota Bakken region
Increased water use in the rapidly growing oil industry in North Dakota's Bakken oil shale region, or play, is surprisingly due not only to oil well development but also to people, according to a recent study. Increased oil development in that region has attracted thousands of oilfield employees. (2016-05-20)

Genes discovered that enable birds to produce the color red
Latest research suggests a new mechanism for how sexual displays of red beaks and plumage might be 'honest signals' of mate quality, as genes that convert yellow dietary pigments into red share cofactors with enzymes that aid detoxification -- hinting that redness is a genetic sign of the ability to better metabolize harmful substances. (2016-05-19)

Mechanism for herbicide resistance in Palmer amaranth identified
Waterhemp and Palmer amaranth are resistant to a class of herbicides known as PPO-inhibitors. The mechanism of resistance is a rare mutation in a genetic sequence not shared by many plants. Researchers who discovered the mutation predict that PPO-resistant Palmer amaranth populations will spread quickly and widely. (2016-05-18)

Most local government budgets gain from oil, gas development
The recent surge in oil and natural gas development has been beneficial for most local governments in the United States, according to new findings by two Duke University researchers. However, the research team also found that some local governments, particularly those in very rural regions, have struggled to keep pace with rapid industry growth. (2016-05-18)

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