Latest Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory Stories

2014-08-23 03:00:23

Mary Beckman, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Study shows water trips up key chemical reactions that turn plants into fuels, provides scientific principles that can speed up biofuel development Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key chemical reactions. The study, which was...

2014-06-17 08:36:18

DDN SFA12K Offers 10X More Storage in Less Than 1/10TH of the Data Center Space SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130223/MM65263LOGO News Facts -- To help the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reduce dependence on foreign oil and accelerate discoveries to preserve the environment, the Environmental Molecular Science Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility located at Pacific Northwest National...

2013-12-16 23:02:29

VITEK® MS MALDI-TOF system reduces the time to detect microbial contaminants from days to minutes, adding a never-before possible level of safety in the production of many consumer goods St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) December 16, 2013 bioMérieux,Inc a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics, is pleased to announce that EMSL Analytical, a leader in microbiology testing specializing in rapid pathogen detection is adopting the company’s VITEK® MS technology for rapid...

Electrically Conducting Bacteria Important For Energy, Environment And Technology
2013-11-13 10:52:15

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Tiny electrical wires protrude from some bacteria and contribute to rock and dirt formation. Researchers studying the protein that makes up one such wire have determined the protein's structure. The finding is important to such diverse fields as producing energy, recycling Earth's carbon and miniaturizing computers. "This is the first atomic resolution structure of this protein from an electrically conductive bacterial species, and it sets the...

Nickelblock Is The Love-hate Relationship Between Nickel And Battery Electrodes
2012-09-28 13:04:12

Images show how nickel, which enhances battery capacity, also appears to hinder charging rates Anyone who owns an electronic device knows that lithium ion batteries could work better and last longer. Now, scientists examining battery materials on the nano-scale reveal how nickel forms a physical barrier that impedes the shuttling of lithium ions in the electrode, reducing how fast the materials charge and discharge. Published last week in Nano Letters, the research also suggests a way to...

2012-03-26 09:20:17

Discovery could lead to new methods for environmental remediation and speeding up chemical reactions A glow coming from the glassy shell of microscopic marine algae called diatoms could someday help us detect chemicals and other substances in water samples. And the fact that this diatom can glow in response to an external substance could also help researchers develop a variety of new, diatom-inspired nanomaterials that could solve problems in sensing, catalysis and environmental...

Johnson & Johnson Recalls Aveeno Baby Lotion
2012-01-31 06:22:43

Johnson & Johnson have announced a voluntary recall for its Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion. According to tests performed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the lotion contained an excessive amount of the common bacteria coagulase-negative Staphylococci. But an independent laboratory, EMSL, tested the samples and did not find any indication that the number of bacteria exceeded specifications. Jason Dobranic Ph.D., National Microbiology Director at EMSL says, “As one of...

2011-02-09 10:16:29

By Mary Beckman, PNNL Bracing catalyst in material makes fuel cell component work better and last longer A new combination of nanoparticles and graphene results in a more durable catalytic material for fuel cells, according to work published today online at the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The catalytic material is not only hardier but more chemically active as well. The researchers are confident the results will help improve fuel cell design. "Fuel cells are an important area of...

2009-09-25 05:44:48

Best view yet of catalyst used for energy and environment applications suggests tricks to improve performance Catalysts convert useless or unwanted chemicals into useful or more desirable ones. Research in this week's Science reveals new, important details about a common catalyst: how rafts of chemically reactive platinum form in the catalyst. The new work yields insights into how to improve the industrial catalyst for oil refining, chemicals processing and environmental uses. The study shows...

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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.