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UMaine anthropologist wins Solon T. Kimball Award

... managing other threatened natural resources, from oil to clean air. Allan Burns, professor of anthropology and associate dean of faculty affairs at the University of Florida and chair of the AAA's award selection committee, writes in an announcement of this year's Solon Kimball Award that Acheson's "wor...

Environmental decontamination, greenhouse gases, and the genome of a methane-loving bacterium

..., mostly in the form of landfills, natural gas and oil processing (about 60%), domesticated livestock (cattle account for about 75% of livestock contributions), and rice fields (up to 29% of total emissions). Luckily, there are microbes, called methanotrophs, that consume methane. They've been found ...

Scientists explore genome of methane-breathing microbe

...he guts of ruminant livestock such as cows, and by oil and natural gas processing plants. In recent years, environmental scientists have shown increasing interest in methanotrophs because their use of methane as a sole source of carbon and energy could possibly be harnessed to play an important role in ...

Hardy buoys: Texas A&M project predicts oil spill movements

...se days when it costs nearly $50 a barrel, spilled oil - unlike milk - could be worth crying about, espec...Mexico that can accurately predict the movement of oil spills. Such spills can present Texas-sized problems, both environmentally and economically, to the ...

ConocoPhillips & Conservation International launch 'Biodiversity Action Plan' in Venezuela

...onal economic development as part of the company's oil production strategy in Venezuela's Gulf of Paria. ...a. ConocoPhillips discovered the Corocoro gas and oil field in the Gulf of Paria in 1999 and declared it commercially viable in October 2002. Prior to de...

Blue marlin in gulf have high mercury levels, A&M study shows

...eral articles have focused on the possibility that oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico are the major source of the mercury problem in the Gulf. To investigate the source question, Rooker, Gil and Cai are examining mercury in pelagic fishes from areas with high concentration of petrochemical indus...

Two Virginia Tech energy-related inventions win R&D 100 awards

...ctrical Engineering Professor Anbo Wang, will make oil wells more productive. Meanwhile, an economical fu...ffort," says McGrath. Down hole sensors improve oil reservoir knowledge, oil production efficiency According to the U.S. Departm...

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, September 2004

...ncern is the hazard these deposits pose to gas and oil drilling operations in deep marine and onshore Arctic settings. Gas kicks, blowouts and fires result when workers penetrate pockets of gas hydrates. Another concern is the effect discharge of methane might have on global warming. A special 17-paper A...

Single isolated mouse skin cell can generate into variety of epidermal tissues

...d then be used in grafts to produce skin, hair and oil glands. The study, published in the September 3 i...e luxuriant hair growth, as well as new glands to oil the hair and fresh skin. In contrast to recent methods published earlier this year by Fuchs's Rockef...

Computer models expose humans as main cause of caribou decline

...oreal land. For one, he said, seismic lines, which oil and gas exploration companies make to produce a model of subsurface geological structures, are being made narrower than they used to be and are no longer cut in straight lines. The lines are also reseeded shortly after being cut. Research is being co...

DHA-rich diet protects brain from Alzheimer's damage, UCLA study shows

...mage," she added The UCLA team swapped safflower oil for the soy and fish to create an unhealthful diet... risky yet more costly strategy is to consume fish oil or purified DHA supplements made from algae. Other options include DHA-rich eggs laid by chickens th...

Highlights of American Chemical Society national meeting in Philadelphia, Aug. 22-26

...ritus at Princeton University, predicts that world oil production will peak on Thanksgiving Day, 2005, and production rates will subsequently fall. As he argues in his book, "Hubbert's Peak: The Impending World Oil Shortage," this decline could spur a global economic crisis, the likes of which the world ...

Environmental costs of home construction lower with wise choice, reuse of building materials

...lectricity but also such things as diesel and fuel oil to extract and haul materials, natural gas to generate steam in lumber mills and electricity for steel mills. "Everything kind of flows from energy consumption," Lippke says. "If you're using energy, you're polluting water, polluting air and kicking...

Technology already exists to stabilize global warming

...ndustries, reducing the U.S. dependence on foreign oil and lessening the need for other pollution-control...s commonly injected into the Earth as part of some oil drilling operations). Others involve improving energy conservation faster than the modest improvemen...

Rutgers-Newark scientist: Mosquitoes may carry lethal parasite

...ch involves coating exposed skin areas with a bath oil product called Skin So Soft, which has proven so effective that U.S. armed forces operating in swampy, mosquito-rich areas now routinely carry it with their other gear. Avoiding being outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active and prev...

8 environmental stewards win $900,000 in biodiversity awards

...ay from the northeastern coast of Argentina, where oil from their ballast tanks was endangering penguins. He also works for the protection of some animals unfamiliar to the rest of the world, including the guanaco (a New World relative of the camel) that is hunted for dogfood, and the ostrichlike rhea. H...

Where the sage-grouse roam

... rangelands. The lands also play a role in oil and gas production. A majority of leases for gas and oil development are on federal lands in regions such as the Wyoming Basin and eastern Great Basin. Disc...

Whale carcass yields bone-devouring worms

... egg sac, are filled with bacteria that break down oil in the whale bones.The scientists were initially puzzled by the fact that all the worms they collected were females. However, while examining the two- to seven-centimeter-long female worms under a microscope, they discovered that most females had doz...

Ocean scientists assess impact of seismic pulses in effort to protect whales

...vessels worldwide to penetrate into the seabed for oil exploration and geophysical research, with an estimated 15 to 20 active on any given day. Researchers from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University conducted tests in the northern Gulf of Mexico in 2003, using the 20-gun array aboa...

Healthy fats and oils essential to satisfy calorie-conscious consumers

...ty to turn to healthier alternatives such as olive oil and make informed decisions after considering the inherent risks in certain foods," says Naidu. The labeling legislations also serve as a wake-up call to the food manufacturers to reexamine and even reformulate their ingredients. It simultaneously of...

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