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FSU researcher targeting mysteries of deep Earth
In a paper published this week, FSU Assistant Professor of Geology Mainak Mookherjee reports that water exists far deeper in the Earth than scientists previously thought. (2016-11-21)
Answering a longstanding question: Why is the surface of ice wet?
Hokkaido University scientists have unraveled a 150-year-old mystery surrounding the surface melting of ice crystals in subzero environments by using an advanced optical microscope. (2016-11-21)
Watching how plants make oxygen
In a new study, an international team of researchers made significant progress in visualizing the process how plants split water to produce oxygen. (2016-11-21)
Zebrafish as an animal model to study the effects of endocrine disruptors
Water is vital for our survival. However, water quality is always a concern for public health authorities as it may contain diverse environmental pollutants, including endocrine disrupting chemicals. (2016-11-18)
Study: Climate change could outpace EPA Lake Champlain protections
New research suggests that Lake Champlain may be more susceptible to damage from climate change than was previously understood -- and that, therefore, the rules created by the EPA to protect the lake may be inadequate to prevent algae blooms and water quality problems as the region gets hotter and wetter. (2016-11-17)
From NYC to Rio: NASA helps cities address climate risks
After Hurricane Sandy rocked the U.S. East Coast in 2012, the New York City government set out to repair the city -- and asked for NASA's help. (2016-11-16)
Hawai'i researchers link quality of coastal groundwater with reef degradation on Maui
In a study published recently, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa scientists used a combination of field experiments and chemical analysis of water and algae to show that the quality of coastal groundwater plays a major role in determining the health of nearshore ecosystems in Hawai'i. (2016-11-15)
The mathematics of coffee extraction: Searching for the ideal brew
Composed of over 1,800 chemical components, coffee is one of the most widely-consumed drinks in the world. (2016-11-15)
York U researchers find 'sweet' solution to kill E. coli in drinking water
While using porous paper strips to trap the bacterial cells, for killing, the researchers used an antimicrobial agent extracted from the seeds of moringa -- commonly known as drumstick or horseradish tree. (2016-11-14)
High tunnel-grown tomatoes go to Amarillo supermarket
Dr. Charlie Rush is claiming success -- tomatoes from a Texas A&M AgriLife Research high tunnel project are being sold in an Amarillo grocery store. (2016-11-14)
Research finds new approach for quantifying nitrate discharge from groundwater to streams
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new way to determine the rate at which nitrate pollution will make its way from groundwater into streams. (2016-11-11)
Which chemicals are hazardous to reproduction?
Regulatory authorities around the world can in future instruct manufacturers of chemicals and drugs to check their products for harmful effects on reproduction by means of a new test with molluscs. (2016-11-11)
Study Offers New Insight on Hurricane Intensification
In a new study, researchers from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science showed the first direct observations of hurricane winds warming the ocean surface beneath them due to the interactions with currents from an underlying warm-water whirlpool. (2016-11-10)
Climate, human influence conspired in Lake Urmia's decline
A combination of climate change and water usage are responsible for the staggering drying of Lake Urmia, what was once the second largest salt lake in the world. (2016-11-10)
Environmental policy center to convene Great Lakes mayors
The Freshwater Lab, a University of Illinois at Chicago-based environmental research and policy center, has been awarded two grants to support its work examining social and human issues related to water, energy and natural resources in the Great Lakes region. (2016-11-10)
Water, water -- the two types of liquid water
There are two types of liquid water, according to research carried out by an international scientific collaboration. (2016-11-10)
Scientists probe underground depths of Earth's carbon cycle
Understanding how carbon dissolves in water at the molecular level under extreme conditions is critical to understanding the Earth's deep carbon cycle -- a process that ultimately influences global climate change. (2016-11-09)
People power: Technology allows smartphone-based water testing
Ever wondered what's in the neighborhood pond? Technology developed by researchers at the University of Houston will allow you to test for waterborne pathogens by using your smartphone. (2016-11-08)
Massive 'lake' discovered under volcano that could unlock why and how volcanoes erupt
Scientists from the University of Bristol and partner universities in Germany, France, Canada and Wales, have discovered a huge magmatic lake, 15 km below a dormant volcano in Bolivia, South America. (2016-11-08)
New study to help growers implement water treatment, minimize food safety risks
Faith Critzer, a food safety specialist with University of Tennessee Extension, will lead a new multistate research and outreach project to help fruit and vegetable growers mitigate the risks their water sources might pose to the safety of their produce. (2016-11-07)
How your diet can influence your environmental impact
The impact of our dietary choices on the global phosphorus footprint shouldn't be neglected, shows a new study. (2016-11-03)
Thorny devils tap damp sand to slake thirst
Ant eating thorny devils live is some of the driest locations on the planet and their choice of diet makes it impossible for them to lap up water. (2016-11-02)
New tech uses electricity to track water, ID potential problems in concrete
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Eastern Finland have developed a new technique for tracking water in concrete structures -- allowing engineers to identify potential issues before they become big problems. (2016-11-01)
SwRI flips switch on LAMP in lunar orbit
A Southwest Research Institute team successfully opened a 'failsafe' door on the Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) instrument in lunar orbit, improving the quality of ultraviolet (UV) data it collects. (2016-11-01)
Colorado River's dead clams tell tales of carbon emission
Scientists have begun to account for the topsy-turvy carbon cycle of the Colorado River delta -- once a massive green estuary of grassland, marshes and cottonwood, now desiccated dead land. (2016-10-28)
Study: Conservation preferred way to protect drinking water
A new study from the University of Delaware found when given the choice, people prefer to invest their money in conservation, such as protecting key areas of a watershed -- also referred to as green infrastructure -- than traditional water treatment plants -- also referred to as gray infrastructure. (2016-10-28)
It's what underneath that counts
To the naked eye, ancient rocks may look completely inhospitable, but in reality, they can sustain an entire ecosystem of microbial communities in their fracture waters isolated from sunlight for millions, if not billions, of years. (2016-10-27)
Hexavalent chromium in well water can come from natural sources
Last year, water quality officials in North Carolina detected potentially harmful levels of hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen, in drinking-water wells near coal plants in the state. (2016-10-26)
Hexavalent chromium is widespread in NC wells but not linked to coal ash
Hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich, is far more abundant in drinking water wells in North Carolina than previously thought, a new Duke study finds. (2016-10-26)
Indirect effects of rising CO2 levels on ecosystems more important than previously thought
The indirect effects of rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, such as changes in soil moisture and plant structure, can have a bigger impact on ecosystems than previously thought. (2016-10-26)
Rheological and emulsification behavior of Xinjiang heavy oil and model oils
The existing literatures focus on the flow pattern transition and pressure gradient calculation of model oils. (2016-10-24)
Urbanization: The historical cause of low oxygen conditions in European lakes
A new study shows that hypoxia, i.e. low oxygen conditions, in European lakes started in 1850, becoming more widespread after 1900, long before the use of chemical fertilizers and climate change. (2016-10-24)
Shadows reveal how insects walk on water (video)
Water striders' ability to walk and jump on the surfaces of ponds and lakes has long amazed curious observers -- and inspired robot designers who want to mimic the bugs' talent. (2016-10-19)
Inspiration from the ocean
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has developed a non-toxic, high-quality surface treatment for organic field-effect transistors (2016-10-18)
Graphene cracks the glass corrosion problem
Researchers at the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM), within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) have demonstrated graphene coating protects glass from corrosion. (2016-10-18)
Replacing diet beverages with water may help diabetic patients lose weight
In a study of 81 overweight and obese women with type 2 diabetes who usually consumed diet beverages and were on a weight loss program, those who substituted water for diet beverages after their lunch for 24 weeks had a greater decrease in weight (-6.40 vs. (2016-10-17)
'Shadow method' reveals locomotion secrets of water striders
Intrigued by the floating mechanisms of water striders and the updated Archimedes' principle, which states that floating force equals the expelled liquid volume, researchers in China sought to discover how the pressed depth and supporting force of water surface acted upon a water strider's six legs. (2016-10-17)
Tiny crystals and nanowires could join forces to split water
Scientists are pursuing a tiny solution for harnessing one of the world's most abundant sources of clean energy: water. (2016-10-17)
Plants actively direct their seeds via wind or water towards suitable sites
Plants cannot move to find new places to live in, but they can actively direct their seeds to new suitable places for plant development. (2016-10-17)
Storm wave study could help improve design of coastal defenses
Coastal defenses could be designed to better withstand powerful storms triggered by climate change, a study of wave dynamics suggests. (2016-10-14)
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