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Poison-Eating Bugs Strike Gold

...reactor to process the mine effluent which better suits the local microbes and the specific degradation process. "We have put them to work in a new system for purifying the waste water, and so far they have managed to reduce the concentration of toxin in the waste-stream 15-fold," he says. "If ...

Microbial janitors tackle nuclear clean-up problems

... workers,hot and sweaty in full anti-contamination suits and respirators, are beingexposed to radiation as they work. And they still have a substantial pile ofradioactively contaminated concrete rubble and dust to dispose of when they'redone. In some cases, radiation fields may be too high for human exp...

Clemson forum may help decide design of future space suits

...logies required to build the next-generation space suits needed for NASA's Mars mission in 2006 or other fu...n bring it back and fix it." For example, the Mars suits will be in constant use during planet exploration, requiring them to be of unusually durable materia...

New shoes for speed freaks

...in why there is no such thing as a sport shoe that suits all," says Wakeling. The shoes may also reduce the wear and tear on athletes' legs caused by repetitive training. And Nigg hopes they will one day be adapted to make walking less physically tiring. "If you do it right, an elderly person may be able ...

Discovery of armored viruses may inspire new designs for nanotechnology

...e of this virus - remarkably similar to chain mail suits worn by medieval knights - had been predicted but ... armor," says Johnson, referring to the chain mail suits worn by knights in the Middle Ages. These protective outfits - made of interwoven rings of iron - we...

Antarctic sea urchin shows amazing energy-efficiency in nature's deep freeze

...e into the freezing water wearing insulated diving suits that covered all but their faces. Their lips and cheeks would go numb after 60 seconds of exposure. Once the sea urchins were collected from the seafloor, they were taken to McMurdo Stations Crary Laboratory for experiments. On several occasio...

A new twist on an age-old problem: Making knee replacements last

...ogress to assess the model's predictions. "Just as suits can be fitted to business executives, orthopedic surgeries will be custom tailored to the patient," Fregly said. Fregly's group also is seeking to improve the success of a surgical procedure called tibial osteotomy, which involves realigning one of ...

NAFTA arbitrators in environmental case agree to formal public input, a first for trade hearings

...ly limit the aggressive strategic corporate use of suits of this kind. Two types of issues have concerned IISD, and motivated the initial August 2000 submission to the Tribunal to seek amicus status: The secrecy of the arbitration process, which had never been open to the public, which had not allowed...

Powerful machines are coming in small packages

...ement of Science. Chemical and biological warfare suits worn in warm climates, such as the Iraqi desert, can become unbearably hot. The solution may be a portable cooling system that weighs just several pounds. The concept that makes this possible also is leading to miniature sensors for detecting chemic...

UN study shows environmental consequences from ongoing boom in personal computer sales

... work is linked to birth defects and cancer. These suits are still pending and fears may well be exaggerated, but there is scant scientific evidence to prove nor disprove links to birth defects and cancers. There is a need for epidemiological studies, yet little action taken to see that these are done. A g...

Society for conservation biology conference

...mental Citizen Suits - Help or Hindrance? Citizen suits have been a bulwark of successful environmental ac...the past 30 years. With larger numbers of citizen suits being filed each year, agency funds that would otherwise be spent on implementing environmental laws...

DuPont developing new protective suits for military, first responders

... resistant to chemical and biological agents. The suits are targeted for use by U.S. soldiers, firefighter...uPont TM Nomex and Kevlar, these new, lightweight suits contain a selectively permeable membrane developed by DuPont that will help protect front line defen...

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