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2009-11-03 08:10:00

Dust samples collected by high-flying aircraft in the upper atmosphere have yielded an unexpectedly rich trove of relicts from the ancient cosmos, report scientists from the Carnegie Institution. The stratospheric dust includes minute grains that likely formed inside stars that lived and died long before the birth of our sun, as well as material from molecular clouds in interstellar space. This "ultra-primitive" material likely wafted into the atmosphere after the Earth passed through the...

2009-09-24 14:38:15

Israeli researchers say they have developed a tool to warn of invisible dangers lurking in the dust found in homes. Eyal Ben-Dor and Sandra Chudnovsky of Tel Aviv University in Israel said the sensor -- called Dust Alert -- is a portable chemical analyzer called a spectrophotometer that functions much like a chemistry lab and could help families and authorities monitor the quality of a home's air. It works just like an ozone meter would, Ben-Dor said in a statement. We've found through our...

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2009-09-23 07:14:26

TAU's "Dust Alert" exposes dangerous invisible pollution, pollen and construction waste Worried that dust from a nearby construction zone will harm your family's health? A new Tel Aviv University tool could either confirm your suspicions or better yet, set your mind at rest. Prof. Eyal Ben-Dor and his Ph.D. student Dr. Sandra Chudnovsky, of TAU's Department of Geography have developed a sensor called "Dust Alert" "” the first of its kind "” to help families and authorities monitor...

2009-08-24 07:00:00

CINCINNATI, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Just in time for back-to-school season, Procter & Gamble's (NYSE: PG) Swiffer brand has partnered with Dr. Paul Ehrlich, doctor for Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY, to create a campaign to educate parents on indoor allergens from cats, dogs and dust mites that are lurking in their child's classroom - and in their homes - this fall season. "Understanding that children spend more than six hours a day in their classrooms, it is...

2009-08-20 08:00:00

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Health-conscious individuals may be surprised to learn that their homes may not be as healthy as they think. Nearly 100,000 dust mites can live in just one square yard of carpet. Because carpet, furniture and other materials can act as reservoirs for allergens in the home, BISSELL Homecare, Inc., the floor-care innovator and international manufacturer of home-cleaning products, today unveils its new Healthy Home Vacuum(TM) and ProHeat 2X(R)...

2009-07-28 10:00:00

CHICAGO, July 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the Environmental Law & Policy Center: A coalition of Illinois health and environmental groups notified Midwest Generation, LLC of their intent to sue the company because its coal plants release illegally high amounts of particulate matter that leads to respiratory illnesses and premature deaths in nearby communities. The suit follows a number of air pollution-related citations from the United States...

2009-07-24 13:38:23

Coal dust exposure is directly linked to severity of emphysema in smokers and nonsmokers alike, U.S. researchers found. The study findings, reported in the Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, said cumulative exposure to coal mine dust was a highly significant predictor of emphysema severity after accounting for cigarette smoking, age at death and race. Lung tissue analysis corroborated these findings -- the greater the concentration of coal dust in the lungs, the more severe...

2009-06-10 09:30:00

JONESBORO, Ark., June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Farr Air Pollution Control has introduced a new Gold Series(R) GS4M Mini dust collector that controls emissions from small airflow applications up to 2,000 cfm. It incorporates the best features of Farr's premium Gold Series cartridge collectors - rugged construction, durability, high filtration efficiency and ease of service - into a compact and competitively priced unit ideal for capture of dust and fumes from laser cutting tables, welding stations...

2009-05-25 15:55:22

Cleaning indoor air should top the spring to do list, especially for those with asthma, a U.S. allergy and asthma group says. Members of Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics say even though the weather is nice, most people spend most of their time indoors -- as much as 90 percent -- the Environmental Protection Agency said. For those with allergies or asthma, having clean indoor air, even in the summertime, is crucial to managing symptoms. A free guide -- Indoor AIRepair at...

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2009-05-19 11:33:07

Research conducted seven years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City (NYC) found that children attending the socioeconomically and ethnically homogeneous elementary school closest to Ground Zero have high rates of self-reported asthma and airway obstruction. The research will be presented on Tuesday, May 19 at the American Thoracic Society's 105th International Conference in San Diego. "Our Stony Brook team found that the children who live near the WTC...