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Purdue Researchers Prod Plants To Clean Up Pollution

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Plants have been quietly cleaning up behind us, recycling waste carbon dioxide into life-giving oxygen for as long as humans have been breathing. Now Purdue University researchers are prodding them to take the cleanup a step further, to become phytoremediators -- plants that collect ...

Munching Microbes Make A Meal Out Of Toxic Substances

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- When it comes to cleaning up the environment, the answer may be right under ... -- petroleum," Nies says. The standard method for cleaning up contaminated soil is to excavate it and truck it to a landfill, which not only costs more than bi...

Ozone 'Chat Room' Provides Real-Time Air-Quality Research

... has been considered a local problem maintained by cleaning up local emissions. But more recently, it's been recognized that attainment in some eastern U.S. areas cannot be achieved by simple cutbacks at the local level because a reasonably large fraction of the ozone occurring in such areas is actually tran...

Experts: Public Will Accept Irradiation In Wake Of Meat Recall

... for food preparation areas. Some over-the-counter cleaning solutions are OK, he says, but consumers should read label directions carefully. ACS code/970829 Ag Mason.irradiate/9708f39...

Photocatalytic Air Cleaning System Promises To Help Allergy Sufferers

...heir fight against airborne enemies: an indoor-air cleaning system that uses light and simple chemicals to des...ck. Because mold spores also circulate in the air, cleaning an environmental surface is not an efficient way of eliminating molds. This system eliminates molds ...

National Laboratory Known For Environmental Technology Directing Attention On Solving Agriculture And Food Processing Problems

...gglucose to succinic acid, and then separating and cleaning the acid to make itamenable to the more precise catalytic hydrogenation processing technique. Pacific Northwest researchers also are interested in developing methods for theconversion of cellulose to levulinic acid and then cyclic ether, a fuel-blend...

DT104 Advice:How To Slow Salmonella Spread

...ion have a bactericidaleffect on salmonella, as do cleaning solutions of chlorine, iodines, ammoniumsand phenolics. However, many salmonella strains are relatively resistant tofood-preservation methods such as drying, salting and smoking. -- Testing for DT104: "Fingerprint" identification of a particular st...

New Chemical Processing Technique Being Studied At UW May Hold Key To CleaningUp Hanford, Reducing Industrial Waste

...rmaceutical manufacturing also may hold the key to cleaning upradioactive remains at eastern Washington's Hanford nuclear site. Using elect ricity, instead of concentrated chemicals, to drive a key step in many chemicalseparation processes could greatly reduce waste byproducts, says Dan Schwartz, a Universit...

Amphibian Mortality Due To UV Radiation

... chlorofluorocarbons as refrigerants, solvents and cleaning agents. "There has been a great deal of recent attention to the suspectedincrease in amphibian deformities. However, most reports have been anecdotal,and no experiment in the field under natural conditions had been performedpreviously," said...

Agriculture and urban activities impact water quality in the South Platte River Basin

...ard. VOCs, such as gasoline components and cleaning solvents were detected in30 percent of the wells sampled in the mountain areas, but none of the concentrations exceeded drinking-water standards. The occurrence of VOCs in mountain wells indicates that ground water is susceptible to contamination fro...

Environmental Technology Breakthroughs Forecast -- Year 2008

...or recyclable. Also, newer processes, such as dry cleaning withliquid carbon dioxide, will minimize or eliminate waste. Hazardous chemicals nolonger will be used to clean clothes and the carbon dioxide will be captured andrecycled so as not to add to atmospheric carbon. Lightweight Cars--Squeezing every ou...

Poison-Eating Bugs Strike Gold

...carry out most of the "environmental services" in cleaning up the contaminants, can be harnessed in engineered situations to degrade and detoxify waste effluents. "Using molecular biology techniques, Mr Stott has found that these microbes' closest relatives are probably the kinds of bacteria which are ...

Research Into Cockroach Behavior Could Lead To Better Baits

...d be enough to disrupt the trails, and, of course, cleaning tight spaces between countertops and stoves might not be possible. The fecal extract she has developed would be ideal in baits and traps because it eliminates any airborne residue, as with sprays, and is colorless and odorless. "It's an easy cockroac...

Biggest Acoustics Meeting Ever

...can become an environmentally friendly approach to cleaning up waste by using sound to break downlarge molecules like PCBs into smaller, harmless inorganic molecules. Sonochemistry has potentialbiomedical uses too. Kenneth Suslick of the University of Illinois ( ksuslick@uiuc.edu ) will describesonochemical r...

Press Events At Spring Meeting

...chnology? Pressconference. Engineered methods of cleaning up contaminated aquifers areexpensive, yet often ineffective. Kathryn M. Hess, Research Hydrologist withthe U.S. Geological Survey in Marlborough, Massachusetts, describes experimentsin which natural processes have restored polluted ground water at l...

Models Assess Remedial Actions On Abandoned Mine Lands In Colorado

...nt agencies are currently charged with the task of cleaning upabandoned mine lands. Past mining activities on these lands have degradedthe water quality of streams and rivers. Effective remediation ofabandoned mine lands involves identifying major sources of contamination inthe watershed and the effects of ...

Allergy And Asthma-Exaceberating Mites, Molds And Pollens On The Rise Due To El Niño . . . La Niña

...lean up any remaining roach allergens by regularly cleaning anysurfaces they may have contacted. Wipe down cupboards and countertops. Eliminate excessive foliage (especially Ivy) in landscaping as it attractsrodents which can also lead to increased asthma or allergy episodes. After hiking,be sure to check c...

Gritty Research Leads Scientists To Metal-Loving Discovery

... are looking like enormously effective options for cleaning up contaminated waterways andrecovering precious metals. SAMMS - Self-Assembled Monolayers on Mesoporous Supports ,has been developedby researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. SAMMSintegrates mesoporous cer...

New Device Brightens Recycling Efforts

...to sort plastic films, such as those found in dry cleaning bags, shrink wrap and packaging material." Only a small fraction of these materials now are recycled, primarily because of difficulties in identifying and separating the various types of plastics, Grant says. The SpectaCode device cons...

Researchers Offer DOD New Hazardous Waste Clean-Up Methods

...houldconsider applying several new technologies to cleaning up hazardous wastes,researchers recommend in a report summarizing the results of a four-yearproject. In some cases the technologies are faster, cheaper and more effectivethan current methods. Technologies studied in the project were aimed at ...

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