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Purdue Researchers Prod Plants To Clean Up Pollution

... nuclear contamination from the April 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl, Ukraine. Using traditional technology to clean contaminated soil (such as removing, chemically treating or heating it) would cost several hundred dollars per ton of soil, according to DOE officials. That puts cleanup costs for contamina...

Good Ergonomics Is Good Economics

...perator comfort. As a result, down times caused by accident damage to hydraulic hoses, fittings, and the like ...he goal was to maximize operator comfort, minimize accident risks, and maximize productivity by optimizing task cycle times. At the time the development project...

New Research Suggests REM Is About Eyes Not Dreams

...f a young man whose eyes had beenimmobilized by an accident and whose corneas had become laced with bloodvessels, presumably to supply the corneas with oxygen. Dr. Maurice knew thatwhen the eyes are closed, oxygen can reach the cornea from the iris only bydiffusion across the stagnant aqueous in the anterior ...

Drivers Should Pay More Of Environmental Costs, Report Says

... taxes for road repair, the hospitalization of car accident victims and the damage caused to the environment by fuel emissions. The report analyzed the effect of three factors -- an increase in the price of automobile use, better management of urban growth so there is less urban sprawl and a combination of th...

How Did Life Begin? Biochemical Evolution On Chemical Surfaces

...of living organisms. Smith said,"It's probably an accident that only the left-handed form is used, but it mayhave started in a zeolite with a left-handed channel." Zeolites withone-dimensional channels could have provided the template for assembly of onlyone version of the amino acids into the first primiti...

Improved Oxygen Bath To Heal Wounds, Lessen Number Of Amputations: Sandia To Sign Agreement With Numotech To Help Create Home-Use Healing Facility

...until he suffered a severe spinal injury in anauto accident in 1991--representatives of the Department of Energy's SandiaNational Laboratories signed a $5.76 million cooperative research anddevelopment agreement (CRADA) with Northridge, California-based Numotech, Inc.,a company that conducts research about wo...

Scientists ID A Protein With Punch As Infection-Inflammation Fighter

...nt for reperfusion injury. "It's really an unhappy accident of physiology," Ross added. The most prominent cell that contributes to the tissue damage is called theneutrophil, and it produces the toxic oxygen products. They are ordinarily usedto kill microorganisms, but can be very damaging to tissues in reper...

United States And Ukrainian Governments Establish Permanent Chernobyl Laboratory

...e. Chesser has studied the effectsof the Chernobyl accident on wildlife since 1992. Chesser says, "Theunfortunate accident at Chernobyl has created one of the world's most unique andvital experimental regions. We have invo...

University of Florida Researchers Develop Filter Coating That Traps Bacteria and Viruses

...ineers and biologistsmight have prevented the June accident by enabling the pool's filter totrap the E. coli bacteria -- one of many possible applications for thecoating, the researchers say. "The problem is, the filters in pools remove only a small fraction ofthebacteria in the water, so they're rea...

Zinc In Sludge From Spanish Reservoir Break Equals Mine's Annual Output, Researchers Find

...ual to themine"s total annual output. The accident last April 25 at the Los Frailes zinc mine in Azna...taminationmay help determine what effects the mine accident will have on the Guadiamar andGuadalquivir rivers, the Lamont researchers suggested. Mined ...

New Accident Record Analysis Shows Deer Mishaps Climbing

... North Carolinaanalysis of 1997 N.C. motor vehicle accident records. Although they cause few injuries compared with other crashes, since 1994such deer-related mishaps are increasing at more than 10 percent a year andoften result in extensive body damage to cars. "This is without ...

Yeast Provides Evidence For Continuous Membrane Theory

... beneficial forthis yeast. Or it might just be an accident of evolution. At this stage we'restillguessing," he says. "But we can take advantage of the differences between thetwo yeasts to uncover the mechanisms that produce tER sites." Like Pichia, mammalian cells have discrete tER sites that give ...

Cellular espionage at play in post-menopausal osteoporosis

... They took bone cellsdonated from post-menopausal accident victims and from hip-fracture patientsprovided by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine and usedmicromolecular techniques to determine relative levels of IL-1 signaling anddecoy receptors present on these cells. Answering biolo...

A picture and 2,000 words in Science magazine: two Kansas scientists work at forefront of emerging technology

...ification based on a paintfleck from a hit-and-run accident is routine now. In the field of art preservation and authentication, museums such as the J.Paul Getty Museum and its Restoration Unit have used it to examine the Dead Seascrolls and study cross-sections of paint on Dutch masterpieces; likewise,layer...

On the floor of the sea: USGS biologists search for rare, white abalone

...of white abalone. To reduce the likelihood that an accident could kill all the captive stock,several husbandry locations will be used. At the primary facility, TomMcCormick, a mariculturist, is putting the finishing touches on two whiteabalone-holding systems at the Channel Islands Marine Research Institute i...

Researchers study 10,000-year-old buried forest

... at the end of the last Ice Age, was discovered by accident ina sand pit located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Besides its uncanny stateof preservation, it's also extraordinary in its resemblance to certainmodern forests. "The processes have transcended time," said Dr. Kurt Pregitzer, theprincipal investigat...

Time important in transporting critically injured to trauma centers

...eports that Princess Diana was at the scene of the accident for 45 minutes and had a slow transport to the hospital." About 4 to 15 percent of all major trauma patients arrive at a sampling of large, urban trauma centers by means other than EMS, Cornwell says. These patients represent the purest form of "sco...

New UNC analysis of N.C. accident records shows growth in motor vehicle-deer crashes

...sity of North Carolina study of N.C. motor vehicle accident records. Total crashes involving deer grew by more than 3 percent from the previous year, the analysis showed. Such mishaps often result in extensive and expensive body damage to cars, but cause few injuries compared with other crashes, UNC Highway ...

No apparent increase in cancer deaths among Three Mile Island residents, report University of Pittsburgh researchers

...tivity released during the Three Mile Island (TMI) accident in 1979 does not appear to have caused an increase...ases. It is often referred to as the worst nuclear accident in American history. Scientists have calculated that the average person present in the area during ...

Antimalarial drug may point way to new class of antibiotics

... drug about five years ago. "We discovered by accident that one of these drugs had some antibacterial activity of a very marginal nature," he said. Out of curiosity, he tested the major antimalarial drug in use today, mefloq...

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