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New research offers insights into managing agricultural runoff and coastal dead zones
A study published today in Ecology Letters adds to a growing body of work examining the relationship between harmful algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico and agricultural runoff. (2016-10-14)
Silver nanoparticle concentration too low to be harmful in water supply, paper finds
Silver nanoparticles have a wide array of uses, one of which is to treat drinking water for harmful bacteria and viruses. (2016-10-13)
Virginia Tech: Climate change may help Ethiopia, increase the country's access to water
The research team used a suite of climate and hydrologic models to predict the impact of climate change on water availability and sediment transport in the Blue Nile. (2016-10-12)
UTA partners with Apache Corp. for baseline water quality study in Alpine High area
Chemists from the University of Texas at Arlington have partnered with Apache Corporation to conduct a baseline water quality study of groundwater and surface water in the newly discovered Alpine High resource play in West Texas. (2016-10-12)
Two tales of a city to understand sustainability
Just as there are two sides to every story, sustainability challenges have at least two stories to reach every solution. (2016-10-12)
Protecting streams that feed Lake Erie will take much work, study finds
While current efforts to curtail agricultural runoff will improve the health of Lake Erie, much more work will be needed to protect the streams that feed the lake, new research shows. (2016-10-10)
Study challenges idea of mandatory water intake
A multi-institute study led by Monash University has revealed for the first time the mechanism that regulates fluid intake in the human body and stops us from over-drinking, which can cause potentially fatal water intoxication. (2016-10-07)
Small droplets feel the vibe
A team of researchers at the University of Bristol have used ultrasonic forces to accurately pattern thousands of microscopic water-based droplets. (2016-10-06)
Coffee-infused foam removes lead from contaminated water
Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the US, which makes for a perky population -- but it also creates a lot of used grounds. (2016-10-06)
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)
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