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The book opens on the first tree genome

... the poplar's parts list--and the clean energy and cleaner environment that scientists will produce using the genetic sequence of the poplar in the future." "Forest genomics is rapidly shaping how we do sustainable, intensive forestry," said David L. Emerson, Canada's Minister of Industry. "The complete popl...

New research shows air pollution can reduce children's lung function

...as compared to children living in communities with cleaner air. In healthy people, lungs grow to full capacity during the teenage years, but typically stop growing at age 18. Then, lung capacity gradually declines. Adults begin to lose lung function by 1 percent each year after age 20. "Lung development in t...

Ventilation in bars, casinos doesn't control health risk for hospitality workers

... author. "These workers breathe an average of 90% cleaner air after a smoke-free workplace law." Repace, a health physicist, is visiting assistant clinical professor at Boston's Tufts University School of Medicine and a secondhand smoke consultant based in Bowie, Md. In 2002, Repace received a Robert Woo...

Dispute over life in Antarctic lake

...oposal from an international panel to drill a new, cleaner hole through the ice and enter the lake using a self-sterilising "cryobot", the Russians plan to enter the lake from the existing, highly contaminated drill hole. They calculate that high pressure in the lake will prevent drilling fluid from pollutin...

New England forests at greater risk from air pollution

...es of lichens. The opposite is true for areas with cleaner air. With these models, Will-Wolf and others used data collected by the U.S. Forest Service to monitor lichen communities and air pollution in New England and the Southeast. By tracking lichen community composition and related air-quality scores, th...

Purdue yeast makes ethanol from agricultural waste more effectively

...h said. Ethanol is environmentally friendly and a cleaner fuel than gasoline, he said. "The carbon dioxide that is generated from burning ethanol is recycled back into plant material because plants incorporate CO 2 into cellulose as part of the photosynthesis cycle," Ladisch said. "This reduces the net gen...

Loss of circadian genes results in epilepsy

...of experiments and the fortuitous use of a vacuum cleaner lead to breakthrough new insight on the genetic b... cage with double knockout mice, close to a vacuum cleaner revealed a tragedy when the vacuum cleaner was turned on: About half of the triple knockout mice imm...

American Lung Association's 2004 State of the Air report ranks cities and counties with dirty air

... Jeopardize Clean Air Act Despite progress toward cleaner air over the past 30 years, the American Lung Association is greatly concerned about roadblocks including the Administration's actions to roll back key provisions of the Clean Air Act and persistent delays in carrying out the existing provisions. La...

A new hypothesis about autoimmunity. Is it possible to be too clean?

...oped countries are exposed to more pathogens. "The cleaner everyone is, the less stimulation their immune system gets," says Sarvetnick. "Their immune system tends to be incomplete."...

Urban runoff poses increased health threat for surfers, other beach users, UCI study shows

...unty was selected as the rural site because of its cleaner coastal water quality and watershed characteristics. Both are highly popular surfing locales. "Surfers are an excellent group to study, because they are in the water almost every day and are exposed to more bacterial pathogens from runoff than casual...

Devastating parasitic weed may be felled by toxin borrowed from flies

...in great numbers and the parasite is like a vacuum cleaner taking in as much as it can. So it accumulates more of the peptide than remains with the host." The paper, "Engineering crop resistance to parasitic weeds (AGFD 28)" will be presented by Westwood at 9:20 a.m. Monday, March 29, as part of the symposi...

ESA calls for interdisciplinary studies of GEOs

... soil erosion, while future GE trees might provide cleaner methods of paper milling. Future applications of genetic engineering extend far beyond traditional breeding, encompassing transgenic viruses, bacteria, algae, fungi, grasses, trees, insects, fish, shellfish and many other non-domesticated species. ...

Computer method identifies potentially active enzymes

...r drugs, improved industrial applications and even cleaner laundry may be possible with a new computer method to predict which hybrid enzymes are likely to have high activity, according to a team of Penn State chemists and chemical engineers. "FamClash is quite successful at qualitatively predicting the pat...

Climate change may threaten more than one million species with extinction

...e reduced dramatically, and a rapid switch to new, cleaner technologies could help save innumerable species," he said. "Second, we must design conservation strategies that recognize that climate change is going to affect entire ecosystems, and therefore have to prepare effective conservation measures immedia...

MIT's plasmatron cuts diesel bus emissions, promises better gas engine efficiency

...eam is finding that the device could make vehicles cleaner and more efficient, with a potentially significant...mportant goal, as it could lead to more efficient, cleaner vehicles, but is it the only way to get there? Engines using plasmatron reformer technology could ha...

Tiny 'test tubes' may aid pharmaceutical R&D

...he dye and the ions. The optical scalpel achieves cleaner fusion and less leakage of contents than the typical technique using pulsed electric fields. The liposomes fully enclose their reactant chemicals, minimizing evaporation. Consequently, the technique also may be useful for quantitative studies of chem...

Unique two-part macroemulsion offers new approach to cleaning up contaminated aquifers

...phill battle, and there are still a lot of old dry cleaner sites out there. But the contamination is not going to disappear by itself." Pennell sees the technique offering an efficient and cost-effective option for remediation specialists, who must choose the best approach tailored for each contamination sc...

Fe-TAML(R) activators developed at Carnegie Mellon remove recalcitrant sulfur from automotive fuels

...logy could aid significantly in the development of cleaner burning, more fuel-efficient automobile engines." Most diesel fuels on the market in the United States contain 500 parts per million (ppm) of sulfur contaminants. By approximately 2010, the EPA will require all transportation fuels to contain no more...

Fe-TAML(R) activators developed at Carnegie Mellon decontaminate anthrax simulant

...iminate a wide range of pathogens in water to have cleaner drinking water worldwide." Fe-TAML activators originated at Carnegie Mellon's Institute for Green Oxidation Chemistry under the leadership of Collins, who is a strong proponent of green chemistry to create environmentally friendly, sustainable techn...

Francis Collins and Ari Patrinos receive Energy Secretary's Gold Award for Human Genome Project

... such promise for human health, clean energy and a cleaner environment." Francis Collins, a physician-geneticist, practiced medicine at North Carolina Memorial Hospital. Following a fellowship in human genetics at the Yale Medical School, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan. His research th...

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