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Case closed -- MIT gumshoes solve 'throbbing' oil mystery
Try this at home. Pour clean water onto a plate. Wait for the ripples to stop. Then mix a small amount of mineral oil with an even smaller amount of detergent. Squeeze a tiny drop of that mixture onto the water and watch as the oil appears to pump like a beating heart. It's a simple experiment, but explaining what happens has long mystified the scientific community. Now an MIT team has cracked the case. (2007-07-17)

New Biochemical Technology Ready To Retrieve, Purify Heaviest Crude Oil
A new technique based on specially bred bacteria promises to help the oil industry recover and purify some of the world's heaviest crude oil. Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory developed the technology by raising natural bacteria that can break down large oil molecules and remove impurities. The technique has just been licensed for commercial development. (1999-04-22)

Gulf oil dispersants unlikely to be endocrine disruptors and have relatively low cell toxicity
Government scientists are reporting that eight of the most commonly used oil dispersants used to fight oil spills, such as the massive episode in the Gulf of Mexico, appear unlikely to act as endocrine disruptors -- hormone-like substances that can interfere with reproduction, development, and other biological processes. The tested dispersants also had a relatively low potential for cytotoxicity (cell death), with JD-2000 and SAF-RON GOLD showing the least potential. (2010-07-21)

Monounsaturated fats reduce metabolic syndrome risk
Canola oil and high-oleic canola oils can lower abdominal fat when used in place of other selected oil blends, according to a team of American and Canadian researchers. The researchers also found that consuming certain vegetable oils may be a simple way of reducing the risk of metabolic syndrome, which affects about one in three US adults and one in five Canadian adults. (2013-03-29)

New oil spill dispersant made from ingredients in peanut butter, chocolate, ice cream
With concerns about the possible health and environmental effects of oil dispersants in the Deepwater Horizon disaster still fresh in mind, scientists today described a new dispersant made from edible ingredients that both breaks up oil slicks and keeps oil from sticking to the feathers of birds. They reported on the dispersant at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, being held here this week. (2012-08-20)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientists respond to Buzzards Bay oil spill
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists from diverse disciplines have responded to the April 27 spill of nearly 15,000 gallons of No. 6 fuel oil into Buzzards Bay, drawing on decades of experience studying the effects of oil spills on the marine and coastal environment. (2003-05-07)

New Year's resolution No. 1: Prevent cancer, use olive oil.
In a study to be published in the January 2007 issue of the FASEB Journal, scientists from Europe countries describe how the anti-cancer effects of olive oil may account for the significant difference in cancer rates among Northern and Southern Europeans. This conclusion is based on the outcomes of volunteers from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy and Spain, who consumed 25 milliliters (a little less than a quarter cup) of olive oil every day for three weeks. (2006-12-11)

Worm pheromones protect major crops
Protecting crops from pests and pathogens without using toxic pesticides has been a longtime goal of farmers. Researchers at Boyce Thompson Institute have found that compounds from an unlikely source - microscopic soil roundworms - could achieve this aim. As described in research published in Journal of Phytopathology, these compounds helped protect major crops from various pathogens, and thus have potential to save billions of dollars and increase agricultural sustainability around the world. (2019-07-25)

Canada top US supplier as scientific research and technological innovation fuels energy sector
For the eighth consecutive year, Canada is the main source of oil and natural gas to the United States. In 2006, Canada's oil exports grew by 6 percent over 2005, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The strength of Canada's energy sector, both the oil sands and offshore, is due in part to years of government support for scientific research and technological innovation. (2007-04-18)

LSU researchers survey health impacts of Deepwater Horizon disaster on coastal Louisiana residents
LSU Sociology Professors Matthew Lee and Troy Blanchard have conducted a survey to gain an understanding of the health impacts the ongoing Deepwater Horizon disaster is having on people living in Louisiana's coastal communities. (2010-07-19)

Biodiesel could reduce greenhouse gas emissions
A CSIRO report released today confirms that using pure biodiesel or blending biodiesel with standard fuel could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector. (2007-11-27)

Supply chain professor: 'Oil spill, flooding create perfect storm' for commerce, shipping
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and epic flooding in Tennessee have created a (2010-05-05)

Fish oil could be therapy for periodontal disease
To evaluate whether fish oil supplementation could be an adjunct therapy for periodontitis, Dr. Alison Coates from the University of South Australia and colleagues from the School of Dentistry at University of Adelaide in Australia reviewed evidence from eight unique studies that involved humans. (2012-04-24)

How oil damages fish hearts: Five years of research since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Scientists have shown that toxic compounds in oil target the still-forming hearts of larval fish, leading to developmental defects and reduced survival. (2015-04-23)

UCSB scientists document fate of huge oil slicks from seeps at coal oil point
Twenty years ago, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez was exiting Alaska's Prince William Sound when it struck a reef in the middle of the night. What happened next is considered one of the nation's worst environmental disasters: 10.8 million gallons of crude oil spilled into the pristine Alaskan waters, eventually covering 11,000 square miles of ocean. (2009-05-13)

Nanofur for oil spill cleanup
Some water ferns can absorb large volumes of oil within a short time, because their leaves are strongly water-repellent and, at the same time, highly oil-absorbing. Researchers of KIT, together with colleagues of Bonn University, have found that the oil-binding capacity of the water plant results from the hairy microstructure of its leaves. It is now used as a model to further develop the new Nanofur material for the environmentally friendly cleanup of oil spills. (2016-08-23)

Development of ultrathin durable membrane for efficient oil and water separation
Researchers led by Professor MATSUYAMA Hideto and Professor YOSHIOKA Tomohisa at Kobe University's Research Center for Membrane and Film Technology have succeeded in developing an ultrathin membrane with a fouling-resistant silica surface treatment for high performance separation of oil from water. Furthermore, this membrane was shown to be versatile; it was able to separate water from a wide variety of different oily substances. (2019-12-26)

Day 57: Updated figures show oil from spill could have powered 68,000 cars for year
By day 57 (June 15), if all the oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico had been used for fuel, it could have powered 68,000 cars, 6,100 trucks, and 3,100 ships for a full year, according to University of Delaware Prof. James J. Corbett. (2010-06-15)

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute researcher receives USDA functional genomics grant
Brett Tyler, a research professor at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) and a Virginia Tech professor of plant pathology, physiology, and weed science, has been awarded a three-year, $980,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture to identify the ways in which the plant pathogen Phytopthora sojae overcomes the defenses of its host soybean. (2005-07-12)

Neiker-Tecnalia study use of oilseedrape and sunflower oils to produce fuel and feed for herds
The oil extracted from oleaginous plants can be used as a fuel for agricultural vehicles without any reduction in their performance -- thus enabling farmers to have greater energy self-sufficiency. Besides this, a sub-product known as oilseedcake is extracted, and which is optimum fodder for animal herds, given its significant protein and fatty acids content. (2010-07-23)

Study reveals an oily diet for subsurface life
Thousands of feet below the bottom of the sea, off the shores of Santa Barbara, single-celled organisms are busy feasting on oil. (2008-09-30)

The nocturnal pollinators: Scientists reveal the secret life of moths
A new study suggests moths have an important but overlooked ecological role -- dispensing pollen over large distances under the cover of darkness. (2018-09-18)

Eco-friendly biodiesel from palm oil?
Vegetable oil biofuels are increasingly used as an alternative to fossil fuels despite the growing controversy regarding their sustainability. In a study led by the University of Göttingen, researchers investigated the effect of palm-oil biodiesel on greenhouse gases for the entire life cycle. They found that using palm oil from first rotation plantations where forests were cleared for palms leads to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels. The results were published in Nature Communications. (2020-02-27)

UH chemical engineer earns Early Career Award from DOE
Lars Grabow, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Houston, has been awarded a $750,000, five-year award from the Department of Energy. The award is designed to support the nation's most exceptional researchers during the early years of their careers. Grabow will use the money to continue his research into upgrading bio-oil, oil made from wood and other plant materials. (2014-05-09)

American Chemical Society symposium on Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Aug. 24
The American Chemical Society will hold a special day-long symposium on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Tuesday, Aug. 24, during its National Meeting & Exposition in Boston. The symposium, which includes a dozen experts, will examine topics ranging from the spill's effects on marine life to its effects on the safety of seafood. (2010-07-20)

Serendipitous discovery by IUPUI researchers may lead to eco-friendly lubricant
Seed oil components of an ornamental flower could provide a direct pathway for designing a new class of environmentally friendly lubricants. Researchers at the School of Science at IUPUI identified the compound in the seed oil that is produced in a manner unlike any other fatty acid. The study was published online in the journal Nature Plants. (2018-08-27)

High-fat, high-carb diet a cause of osteoarthritis
Saturated fat is a prime suspect in the onset of osteoarthritis after QUT scientists found it changed the composition of cartilage, particularly in the weight-bearing joints of the hip and knee. (2017-04-18)

'Deforestation-free' palm oil not as simple as it sounds
Genuinely 'deforestation-free' palm oil products are problematic to guarantee, according to a new study. (2018-05-25)

How rat-eating monkeys help keep palm oil plants alive
Found as an ingredient in many processed and packaged foods, palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil. Now, researchers reporting in Current Biology on Oct. 21 have discovered an unlikely ally for palm oil production: pig-tailed macaques. (2019-10-21)

Academy's mollusk collection plays key role in Gulf oil impact study
Unknown to most nonscientists, the nation's oldest mollusk collection resides four floors above one of Philadelphia's busiest tourist areas and is now being pressed into action to determine the impact of the nation's worst oil spill. (2010-08-04)

UMass Amherst food scientist honored for work with edible oils
A recognized international expert in edible oil applications and health and nutrition of lipids, Park will receive a plaque, a $750 honorarium and will deliver the award lecture, 'Conjugated Linoleic Acid: 30-year Research,' at the AOCS annual meeting in Orlando in May. (2015-04-07)

NIH launches largest oil spill health study
A new study that will look at possible health effects of the Gulf of Mexico's Deepwater Horizon oil spill on 55,000 cleanup workers and volunteers begins today in towns across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. (2011-02-28)

Columbus-area high school chemistry teacher wins regional award
Chemistry teacher Chris M. Allen of Thomas Worthington High School in Worthington, Ohio, will be honored June 27 by the American Chemical Society for outstanding high school chemistry teaching. She will be presented with the ACS Regional Award in High School Chemistry Teaching at the Society's Central regional meeting in Ypsilanti, Mich. (2002-06-24)

University of Illinois study confirms glycerin as a feasible feedstuff for swine
An increased interest in biofuel production and a growing need to find cost-effective livestock feedstuff alternatives has led University of Illinois researchers to further evaluate the use of glycerin in swine diets. (2011-01-19)

More diversity needed in oil palm plantations
Growing global demand for palm oil has led to a rapid spread of oil palm monoculture plantations in South East Asia, often associated with the loss of habitats and biodiversity. Plantations are uniformly structured, offering little space for different species. Diversification using indigenous tree species can help. Researchers from the Universities of Göttingen and Jambi found diversification can be encouraged through information campaigns and free seedlings. Research was published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. (2020-10-14)

USGS identifies largest continuous oil and gas resource potential ever
USGS announces an assessment of continuous oil and gas in Texas and New Mexico's Delaware Basin, the largest USGS has ever conducted, with an estimate of 46.3 billion barrels of oil and 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. (2018-12-06)

FSU researchers study Gulf of Mexico in international collaboration
Florida State University and partner universities investigated current baseline conditions in the southern Gulf to create a series of maps and guides that detail the distribution of carbon, nitrogen and the carbon-14 isotope. (2020-05-06)

MBARI sends underwater robot to study Deepwater Horizon spill
MBARI's Division of Marine Operations, under an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, sent a high-tech robotic submersible to the oily waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The goal is to collect information about the oil plume from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig accident for NOAA. (2010-05-28)

Gulf oil spill could widen, worsen 'dead zone'
While an out-of-control gusher deep in the Gulf of Mexico fouls beaches and chokes marshland habitat, another threat could be growing below the oil-slicked surface. The nation's worst oil spill could worsen and expand the oxygen-starved region of the Gulf labeled (2010-06-04)

Oil from spill could have powered 38,000 cars (and more) for a year, UD researcher says
As of today (Wednesday, June 9), if all the oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico had been used for fuel, it could have powered 38,000 cars, and 3,400 trucks, and 1,800 ships for a full year, according to University of Delaware Prof. James J. Corbett. He has launched a website that reports the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in terms of lost uses of the lost fuel on a daily basis. (2010-06-09)

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