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

... of the successes was aseries of projects aimed at extracting industrial chemicals, oils andbiofertilizers from algae and seaweed. The work culminated with a major contractwith a Japanese firm to produce a microalgal polysaccharide from a marine alga. Polysaccharides can be used as thickening agents in a variet...

Poison-Eating Bugs Strike Gold

...eria to biologically produce a leaching agent for extracting the gold, resulting in a fully biological process." The result would not only be a new clean, green way to extract gold but also a process which promises to be cheaper for producers, making Australian gold more internationally competitive. I...

Micro-Plants Yield Pharmaceutical New Wave

...ant life of the Amazon Basin." Humans have been extracting drugs from plants on land for thousands of years, and many of today's drugs are plant-derived, yet the potential of the ocean's plants is only now being discovered, she says. The CSIRO Collection for Living Microalgae holds over 700 species of ...

Hurricane Georges Puts On A Light Show

...gues will be busy analyzing what they recorded and extracting a better understanding of how hurricanes form and energize as they move across the ocean. Ironically, the team may have to pack quickly and evacuate, with no time for lengthy farewells (the group photos were already done Saturday) because Georges ...

Fall Meeting: Updated Press Conference Schedule

...chieved both a technical and scientific "first" by extracting a 3,623 meter [2.25 miles] long ice core. Dr. Claude Lorius of LGGE-CNRS Grenoble, with researchers from the three countries, will cover major findings on such issues as temperature, greenhouse gas, environmental changes, and existing links with mari...

Exotic Species, Migratory Birds, Sea Level Rise, Wetlands, And Contaminants...USGS Scientists Discuss Innovative Chesapeake Bay Restoration Studies

... number of activities including remote sensing and extracting core samples of marshes and tributary creeks in the Patuxent River basin to provide sedimentary and biological records of rising sea level. ("Rising Sea Level in Chesapeake Bay," by Curtis E. Larsen, and Martha Herzog, Reston, Va.) South American Nu...

Researchers isolate gene that helps plants take in iron from soil

...ntists to develop plants that are moreefficient in extracting the essential element from poor soils and crops that arericher sources of dietary iron. The study, led by biologists Mary Lou Guerinot,of Dartmouth College, and Nigel Robinson, of Newcastle University, England, isreported in the Feb. 25 issue of the ...

New Biochemical Technology Ready To Retrieve, Purify Heaviest Crude Oil

... extract and use it. Conventional technology for extracting petroleum typically leaves behind morethan 60 percent of the original oil. Also, today's technology is notcost-effective for the lowest-grade crudes. So, Brookhaven scientists haveworked for several years to develop bacterial biocatalysts that can w...

The Sagan criteria for life revisited

...al maturity. They can be detected remotely without extracting organic matter to reveal oil shales and source rock that came from the decay of green plants. Does the presence of porphyrins mean that there is or has been life on the Moon? Not at all. The 1969 discovery of lunar porphyrins probably says less...

With support for the EPA, biologists go out on a genetic limb to help stem migratory songbird declines

...edinggrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada. After extracting DNA from the blood or feather, team members sequence the DNA,then identify a molecular marker that shows a high frequency of haplotypes, or"tags," that are unique to specific geographic areas and subpopulations. Forexample, the genetic tag of a subpo...

A little help from below: naturally occurring microbes ready to lend a hand trapping radioactivity underground

...um-90 underground should be cheaper and safer than extracting it, said INEEL geochemist Bob Smith who leads the project. "If you were to do some sort of treatment where you brought it to the surface, you'd have to expose workers, you'd have to ship it, you'd have to pack it," he said. The researchers hope to...

Genome scientists muster computer software tools for handling the flood of raw data from the Human Genome Project and related efforts

... to come up with sophisticated computer models for extracting useful information from them," said David Haussler, professor of computer science at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Haussler discussed the use of computational techniques to analyze genetic data in a talk Saturday (February 19) at the an...

Drugs on tap

... produce everything from vaccines to plastics. But extracting proteins from plant tissue is often complicated and expensive. Instead, Ilya Raskin and his colleagues at Rutgers University in New Jersey wondered if plants could excrete proteins in the "dew drops" found on leaves. During the night, when leaves...

Scientists discover how nerve cells move from target to target as they wire up the developing embryo

...ifts the information in this "mixed signal," first extracting the attractive information, then dramatically switching its behavior to ignore attraction and only perceive the repulsive information. The new research also establishes that the mechanism actually predetermines the outcome any time an axon encounters...

X-ray crystallography at Advanced Photon Source

... protein molecule from a crystal. It does this by extracting so-called phase data from X-ray patterns measured at several different wavelengths and by looking at the differences in intensity of those measurements. In addition to the NIH funding, the NE-CAT project also will receive $6.6 million from member ins...

Researchers announce anthrax breakthrough

...TR region and the receptor-binding area of PA. By extracting the special region from the rest of ATR and releasing it into the extracellular area, the scientists found they could entice PA away from the cell surface. This action prevented PA from entering the cell and from delivering a specifically engineered ...

Answers to Florida bay restoration are clear as mud!

...cles. Current research efforts are directed toward extracting data from mollusc shell growth layers that will illustrate monthly, seasonal and annual changes in water chemistry prior to alteration of the natural flow of water into Florida Bay. Results of this work are intended to provide target data for restor...

Hepatitis E recovered from rats in Los Angeles

...Orange County in California, Baltimore and Hawaii, extracting sera and injecting it into laboratory rats. Three of the laboratory rats that had been inoculated with sera from rats in Los Angeles developed disease. Purcell warns that they have only recovered the virus and have yet to isolate and characterize it...

UT Southwestern researchers develop new method of delivering vaccines

...entional method to develop these vaccines involved extracting dendritic cells, which initiate immune responses to bacteria, viruses and cancer cells, from the body, then culturing and expanding the cells in a petri dish, loading them with tumor-associated antigens substances the immune system recognize on canc...

South American forests offer glimpse of U.S. ecosystems before industrial revolution

...r I the chemist Fritz Haber invented a process for extracting nitrogen from the atmosphere for use in making explosives. The Haber process allowed the mass production of fertilizers, which has fueled a boom in agricultural productivity. In the South American areas they studied, there is no fertilizer use and al...

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