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2011-12-10 02:21:14

Peak concentrations of biocides from house paint prove prevalent in urban river basins Anti-fungal and anti-bacterial additives in house paint are present in dangerous quantities in the Vauchère river basin in the city of Lausanne, says a study to be presented the 9th of December, at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference in San Francisco. Chemicals engineered to kill microorganisms, called biocides, are added to exterior paints in order to prevent molding and plant...

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2011-09-22 03:45:05

  Bio-inspired coating resists liquids and could lead to a broad range of advances in fuel transport, anti-bacterial surfaces and more After a rain, the cupped leaf of a pitcher plant becomes a virtually frictionless surface. Sweet-smelling and elegant, the carnivore attracts ants, spiders, and even little frogs. One by one, they slide to their doom. Adopting the plant's slick strategy, a group of applied scientists at Harvard have created a material that repels just about any...

2011-07-04 12:47:07

A new artificial surface inspired by floating seeds, which could provide an alternative to the toxic paints currently used to prevent fouling on ship hulls, has been developed by German scientists. Scientists from the Biomimetics-Innovation-Centre have developed a new anti-fouling surface based on a seed from a species of palm tree. "These plants have seeds which are dispersed by the ocean currents. As it is an advantage for these seeds to remain free of fouling to allow them to disperse...

2011-05-10 13:06:33

Every boat owner recognises the dilemma: environmentally friendly or effective. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have now found a way of reconciling these two almost unattainable aims. By using smart combinations of the most environmentally friendly biocides in the paint, it is possible to both reduce the total quantity of biocides and dramatically reduce the environmental impact. "It's very easy to make an environmentally friendly hull paint, and just as easy to make an effective...

2011-04-07 00:00:29

Ship owners need accurate scientific data to support intelligent decisions on coating systems and hull cleaning intervals. MACSEA now offers an independent hull monitoring service designed to save fuel and reduce emissions by detecting the early onset of hull fouling. Stonington, CT. (PRWEB) April 06, 2011 Ship owners, ship operators, and ship managers realize that hull fouling causes drag-related speed loss and increased fuel consumption when more power is delivered in order to maintain...

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2011-01-27 05:50:00

A new study released Wednesday finds that dispersants placed deep in the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of the BP oil spill seemed to keep some oil from contaminating the water's surface.  However, the chemicals in the dispersant lingered underwater, adding to growing concerns about the long-term consequences for the region. The study, which appears in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, was the first peer-reviewed research published on the fate of oil dispersants added...

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2010-09-21 11:00:00

Below the surface, thousands of marine creatures are still in danger from Gulf oil disaster University of Georgia oceanographer Samantha Joye, like most scientists, always has a plan. Especially when it involves complex, expensive research cruises. But the Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout, and the enormous environmental destruction it is causing, forced her to change the way she works. "As an oceanographer, you are trained to make these detailed cruise plans," notes Joye. "Everything is...

2010-08-25 14:40:43

Prosanta Chakrabarty works with visualization expert to map data on extent of oil and chemical impact on wildlife To establish a baseline for measuring and predicting the biological impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a LSU ichthyologist and an Ohio biomedical informatics researcher are using Ohio Supercomputer Center, or OSC, systems to help map data on the extent of the spill and chemicals and the distribution of various fish species. "We know very little about deep-sea life and even...

2010-08-23 12:26:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- In a side-by-side laboratory study looking at both Gulf and Atlantic seafood samples, The Daily Beast profiled large shrimp, crabmeat and red grouper, and the results demonstrated no detectable amounts of selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or dispersant ingredients. Under FDA protocol, federal and state authorities each must determine that any patch of water is both free from oil and chemicals, both presently and in the near-term. Then, the state...


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Vase Tunicate, Ciona intestinalis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Vase Tunicate (Ciona intestinalis) is a species of sea squirt widely distributed in Northern European waters. It has also spread to other parts of the world, where it is considered invasive. It grows in dense aggregations on any floating or submerged substrate, especially on artificial structures like pilings, aquaculture gear, floats and boat hulls. It is found in the lower intertidal and subtidal zones. Sea squirts have been long recognized as being possibly the closest invertebrate...

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Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.