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2011-02-10 01:06:29

Easing future societal and ecological pressures starts with protecting soil Under our feet and ubiquitous, lowly soil can be easily overlooked when it comes to addressing climate change and population growth. But in the January-February issue of the Soil Science Society of America Journal, a team of scientists say soil is an essential piece of the biosphere and more attention should be paid to protecting it. Strategies for doing so include refocusing and boosting research, and communicating...

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2011-02-08 14:30:00

Finding life on Mars could get easier with a creative adaption to a common analytical tool that can be installed directly on the robotic arm of a space rover. In a recent paper published online in the journal Planetary and Space Science, a team of researchers propose adding a laser and an ion funnel to a widely used scientific instrument, the mass spectrometer, to analyze the surfaces of rocks and other samples directly on Mars' surface. The researchers demonstrated that the combined system...

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2011-02-02 23:10:00

Two studies published in the February 3 issue of Nature demonstrate how the unique capabilities of the world's first hard X-ray free-electron laser"”the Linac Coherent Light Source, located at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory"”could revolutionize the study of life.In one study, an international research team used the LCLS to demonstrate a shortcut for determining the 3-D structures of proteins. The laser's brilliant pulses of X-ray light pulled...

2011-01-26 12:00:00

MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SRI International, an independent nonprofit research and development organization, announced today it has been awarded a grant by the Department of Energy (DOE) to expand its MetaCyc database and enhance its Pathway Tools software. This project will give SRI's bioinformatics tools even greater utility in the emerging area of bioenergy, or renewable energy derived from biological sources. SRI will expand its MetaCyc database to include...

2011-01-25 12:47:28

A climate tax corresponding to &eur;60/ton CO2eq on meat and milk could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from European agriculture by around seven per cent. If the land made available is used for bioenergy production, the decrease in emissions can be six times greater. This is shown by the researchers Kristina Mohlin, Stefan Wirsenius and Fredrik Hedenus, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in an article published in the scientific journal Climatic Change. Kristina Mohlin is a PhD student at the...

2011-01-25 10:41:00

KNOXVILLE/OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With an estimated $10 billion of projects on the horizon, the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley® finds itself at the epicenter of a rebirth of nuclear power research and construction. "Companies are expanding their presence here, others are establishing one," said Jesse Smith, director of technology for the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley regional economic development group. Smith points to...

2011-01-24 18:29:29

New work will help researchers refine atmospheric weather, climate models The fresh scent of pine has helped atmospheric scientists find missing sources of organic molecules in the air -- which, it could well turn out, aren't missing after all. In work appearing in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition Online, researchers examined what particles containing compounds such as those given off by pine trees look like and how quickly they evaporate. They found...

2011-01-24 09:39:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pepco Energy Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM) and a leader in energy savings performance contracting, has reached agreement to design and construct a $2.3 million photovoltaic (PV) project for the Department of Energy at the Germantown, Maryland, campus. The project will be implemented under the U.S. General Services Administration's Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) with Pepco. The 10-month construction...

2011-01-20 00:00:53

BASF today announced that it has honored six U.S. builders for their exceptional achievements in high- performance building at the Third Annual BASF Builders Challenge Awards. The ceremony was held during the 2011 International Builders Show in Orlando, Florida on January 13, 2011. Florham Park, NJ (PRWEB) January 18, 2011 BASF today announced that it has honored six U.S. builders for their exceptional achievements in high- performance building at the Third Annual BASF Builders Challenge...

2011-01-14 13:11:00

Nationally-recognized energy expert to lead MRI in making global impact on energy and environment KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Midwest Research Institute (MRI), one of the nation's leading independent engineering and research organizations, with more than 65 years of experience in scientific/engineering technical services, has named David A. Brockman as Chief Energy Advisor. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110114/DC30495) Brockman will be...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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