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2010-02-21 08:06:50

University of Miami Professor Joe Prospero shared findings at AAAS Residents of the southern United States and the Caribbean have seen it many times during the summer months"”a whitish haze in the sky that seems to hang around for days. The resulting thin film of dust on their homes and cars actually is soil from the deserts of Africa, blown across the Atlantic Ocean. Now, there is new evidence that similar dust storms in the arctic, possibly caused by receding glaciers, may be making...

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2010-02-17 09:35:34

Where does it come from? Scientists in Arizona are reporting a surprising answer to that question, which has puzzled and perplexed generations of men and women confronted with layers of dust on furniture and floors. Most of indoor dust comes from outdoors. Their report appears in the ACS' Environmental Science & Technology, a semi-monthly journal. In the study, David Layton and Paloma Beamer point out that household dust consists of a potpourri that includes dead skin shed by people,...

2010-01-15 16:48:00

Residents, Businesses Encouraged to Reduce Air Pollution HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast an air quality action day for Saturday, Jan. 16, in the Liberty/Clairton, Susquehanna Valley, and Lehigh Valley/Berks regions. The Liberty/Clairton region in southeastern Allegheny County includes Clairton, Glassport, Liberty, Lincoln and Port Vue boroughs. The Susquehanna Valley...

2010-01-14 17:11:00

Residents, Businesses Encouraged to Reduce Air Pollution HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection and its regional air quality partnerships have forecast an air quality action day for Friday, Jan. 15, in the Liberty/Clairton region in southeastern Allegheny County, which includes Clairton, Glassport, Liberty, Lincoln and Port Vue boroughs. The air quality forecast predicts Friday will be code ORANGE for particulate matter. The U.S....

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2009-11-13 06:55:00

The bane of every good housekeeper's existence is that relentless, untiring foe known as dust.  Researchers now say they have created a computer model that may help us to understand where it all comes from and why we can never seem to get rid of it. In most homes, scientists say that the majority of dust sneaks in through the air from outdoors and is composed of a variety of offensive ingredients such as dead skin cells, soil and even toxic substances that drift in from contaminated...

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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)...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'