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Clean water-treatment option targets sporadic outbreaks
Environmental and biomedical engineer David Wendell, an associate professor in the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering and Applied Science, developed a protein-based photocatalyst that uses light to generate hydrogen peroxide to eliminate E. coli, Listeria, and potentially protozoa like giardia and cryptosporidium from drinking water. (2016-10-05)
Physicists 'dissolve' water in an emerald
Scientists have detected ferroelectric properties of water molecules by placing them into a network of nanoactivities in a crystal. (2016-10-05)
Potatoes and biochar are not friends
Studies have shown that adding biochar to soil can improve soil fertility, increase nutrient utilization in plants, improve soil water-holding capacity, increase crop yield and reduce emission of greenhouse gases. (2016-10-04)
Performance-enhancing... research? New measurement could help elite athletes: York U
York U research has resulted in a new technique that measures the rapid process of liquid drops spreading on any surface. (2016-10-04)
Fungi can lend a helping hand to potatoes
Water and phosphorous are limited resources, so agriculture needs to use them economically. (2016-10-04)
Historical records may underestimate global sea level rise
New research from scientists at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Old Dominion University, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory shows that the longest and highest-quality records of historical ocean water levels may underestimate the amount of global average sea level rise that occurred during the 20th century. (2016-10-03)
Foreign farms increase the risk of conflicts in Africa
For the first time, researchers point to areas in Africa where foreign agricultural companies' choice of crops and management of fresh water are partly responsible for the increased water shortages and greater competition for water. (2016-10-03)
September Health Affairs
One of the studies in the September issue of Health Affairs evaluates how much in-service training and supervision affect the quality of care for pregnant women and sick children in sub-Saharan Africa. (2016-09-07)
Seed quality topic of symposium
Good soil, water and environmental factors cannot overcome poor seed quality. (2016-09-06)
Review highlights the range of negative health effects linked with red meat consumption
A new review provides a comprehensive summary of the potential negative health effects of eating red meat. (2016-09-06)
Patient care can improve with technology in nursing homes
Research from the University of Missouri shows increases in IT sophistication can lead to potential improvements in health care quality measures. (2016-09-01)
A new tool for wetland management
A team of environmental engineers and a wetland ecologist have created a computer model that can help wetland managers increase the size of migratory bird habitat and combat invasive vegetation using existing resources. (2016-09-01)
Fertigation strategies improve production of Hippeastrum
A study assessed the effects of two nutrient management strategies -- based on electrical conductivity or nitrate-nitrogen -- concentration control on plant growth, ornamental quality, plant-water relations, mineral composition, and water use efficiency for Hippeastrum grown in semiclosed soilless system. (2016-08-30)
Vegetation matters
Researchers show that when it comes to climate change and stream flow, plants play an important role. (2016-08-30)
Plants' future water use affects long-term drought estimates
Studies have estimated that more than 70 percent of our planet will experience more drought under a quadrupling of CO2. (2016-08-29)
University of Akron researchers find thin layers of water can become ice-like at room temperature
New research by scientists at The University of Akron shows that a nanometer-thin layer of water between two charged surfaces exhibits ice-like tendencies that allow it to withstand pressures of hundreds of atmospheres. (2016-08-29)
Blending wastewater may help California cope with drought
Researchers at UC Riverside have developed an economic model that demonstrates how flexible wastewater treatment processes which blend varying levels of treated effluent can create a water supply that benefits crops and is affordable. (2016-08-25)
Earlier snowmelt reduces forests' ability to regulate atmospheric carbon dioxide
Earlier annual snowmelt periods may hinder the ability of forests to regulate atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to the results of a new study. (2016-08-25)
RAND and Lawrence Livermore National Lab combine computing & public policy analysis
Researchers from the RAND Corporation and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have joined forces to combine high-performance computing with innovative public policy analysis to improve planning for particularly complex issues such as water resource management. (2016-08-25)
Vouchers help get health goods to those most in need
Distributing health products through a simple voucher system is effective for screening out people who would otherwise accept but not use the free product, a study conducted in Kenya reports. (2016-08-25)
OU professor David A. Sabatini named 2016 recipient of national award for global outreach
University of Oklahoma Professor David A. Sabatini is the recipient of a national award for outstanding contributions and demonstrated leadership through involvement in environmental engineering and science outreach activities to the global community. (2016-08-24)
The demise of the Maya civilization: Water shortage can destroy cultures
Water reservoirs provide relief during short periods of drought. They can, however, make a society even more vulnerable to major catastrophes, if the population keeps growing without changing their habits. (2016-08-23)
Does owning a well foster environmental citizenship? A new study provides evidence
Kansans who own water wells show more awareness of state water policy issues than those who rely on municipal water supplies, according to a study that could have implications for groundwater management and environmental policies. (2016-08-22)
Venus-like exoplanet might have oxygen atmosphere, but not life
The distant planet GJ 1132b intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year. (2016-08-18)
Logging can decrease water infiltration into forest soils, study finds
Researchers have found that logging operations can negatively affect soil density and water infiltration within forests, particularly along makeshift logging roads and landing areas where logs are stored before being trucked to sawmills. (2016-08-17)
Fluoride consumption linked to diabetes using mathematical models
A recent study published in the Journal of Water and Health examined links between water fluoridation and diabetes. (2016-08-17)
UNIST students honored with 2016 Global Ph.D. Fellowship
A total of 17 graduate students from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has been honored with 2016 Global Ph.D Fellowship. (2016-08-16)
US taps NCAR technology for new water resources forecasts
As NOAA launches a comprehensive system this month for forecasting water resources, it's turning to NCAR technology. (2016-08-16)
Discovery of sunlight-driven organic chemistry on water surfaces
Fatty acids found on the surface of water droplets react with sunlight to form organic molecules, a new study reports, essentially uncovering a previously unknown form of photolysis. (2016-08-11)
Cement design should take into account the water confined in the smallest pores
Cement paste has a large amount of water in its structure, and much of it is confined in the smallest pores of the cement which are about one manometer in size. (2016-08-09)
Hotpots of US coastline susceptible to contamination
Groundwater discharge into the oceans may impair water quality along one-fifth of the coastal United States, a new study reports. (2016-08-04)
Early snowmelt reduces forests' atmospheric CO2 uptake, decreases streamflow volume
Earlier, slower snowmelt hinders a subalpine forest's ability to regulate atmospheric carbon dioxide and reduces streamflow, a phenomenon with potentially drastic consequences for agriculture, municipal water supplies and recreational opportunities in Colorado and the western US. (2016-08-03)
Proton pinball on the catalyst
Thanks to a reaction that resembles a sort of proton pinball game, a thin layer of moisture on the surface of a catalysts can improve the efficiency of fuel cells, devices used to transform chemical energy (a fuel like hydrogen, for example) directly into electricity without releasing greenhouse gases in emissions. (2016-08-02)
Lack of water likely caused extinction of isolated Alaska mammoths
A remnant population of woolly mammoths on a remote Alaska island was likely pushed to extinction by rising sea levels and a lack of access to fresh water, according to a newly published study. (2016-08-01)
Study finds no link between sleep apnea and joint pain
Consistent with previous reports, poor sleep quality was linked with joint pain in a recent Arthritis Care & Research study of the general population, but the study found no association between obstructive sleep apnea and pain or daytime sleepiness. (2016-08-01)
Water resilience that flows
Researchers developed an affordable way to monitor rivers and stream flow, 24/7, using open source products. (2016-07-27)
Cleaner air may be driving water quality in Chesapeake Bay
A new study suggests that improvements in air quality over the Potomac watershed, including the Washington, D.C., metro area, may be responsible for recent progress on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay. (2016-07-26)
Middle atmosphere in sync with the ocean
In the late 20th century scientists observed a cooling at the transition between the troposphere and stratosphere at an altitude of about 15 kilometers. (2016-07-26)
Exploring one of the largest salt flats in the world
A recent research report about one of the largest lithium brine and salt deposits in the world in Chile's Atacama Desert by geoscientists from UMass Amherst is the first to show that water and solutes flowing into the basin originate from a much larger than expected portion of the Andean Plateau. (2016-07-26)
Dirty to drinkable
A team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis has found a way to use graphene oxide sheets to transform dirty water into drinking water, and it could be a global game-changer. (2016-07-26)
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