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2010-09-16 20:53:06

In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, a team of scientists led by UC Santa Barbara's David Valentine and Texas A&M University's John Kessler embarked on a research cruise with an urgent mission: determining the fate and impact of hydrocarbon gases escaping from a deep-water oil spill. The spill provided a rare opportunity for Valentine, a professor in the Department of Earth Science at UCSB, and Kessler, an assistant professor in the Department of...

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2010-06-22 08:08:38

If concerns for global climate change and ever-increasing costs weren't enough, the disastrous Gulf oil spill makes an even more compelling case for the development of transportation fuels that are renewable, can be produced in a sustainable fashion, and do not put the environment at risk. Liquid fuels derived from plant biomass have the potential to be used as direct replacements for gasoline, diesel and jet fuels if cost-effective means of commercial production can be found. Researchers...

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2010-06-10 09:32:26

Scientists develop faster method for testing soils around oil spills Scientists are reporting a new technique for mapping and testing oil-contaminated soils. Traditionally, samples need to be collected from the field and returned to a lab for extensive chemical analysis, costing time and money when neither is readily available during a clean-up operation. The new method can take measurements in the field and accurately predict the total amount of petroleum contaminants in moist, unprepared...

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2010-06-03 15:27:36

Two new papers based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft scrutinize the complex chemical activity on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan. While non-biological chemistry offers one possible explanation, some scientists believe these chemical signatures bolster the argument for a primitive, exotic form of life or precursor to life on Titan's surface. According to one theory put forth by astrobiologists, the signatures fulfill two important conditions necessary for a hypothesized...

2010-05-25 06:00:00

MUSKOGEE, Okla., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Organic Miracle, Inc. CEO Jerry Bakke, along with ABC Biotechnologies CEO Joseph Johnson, announced that they have developed a natural, non-toxic solution to the Gulf oil spill contamination and the remediation of the affected areas of the ocean and shore. Organic Miracle's product BBWG 701 (Building a Better World Green) is a super concentrated, high efficiency, low toxicity bio-surfactant for use in breaking down and dispersing fresh and...

2010-05-03 15:29:00

NEW ORLEANS, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Research indicates that significant public health impact is not unprecedented from a major oil spill on the water. Commercial fishermen and shrimpers have filed a class-action lawsuit against BP and owners of the oil rig for economic losses stemming from the disaster. The lawsuit will also seek requisite protective equipment, training and air monitoring for response workers. Mr. Smith released the following statement: "Reports of chemical exposures...

2010-01-29 07:00:00

BOGOTA, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ecopetrol S.A. (NYSE: EC; BVC: ECOPETROL; BVL: EC) reports it has confirmed the presence of hydrocarbons in the Tempranillo North-1 well located in the Unified Production Agreement in the Pijao-Potrerillo area, signed between Ecopetrol and the National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) of Colombia. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090209/ARM001LOGO ) The Tempranillo North-1 well is located in the township of Aipe, Huila. Well...

2010-01-05 08:29:00

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. (Nasdaq: CLMT) ("Partnership") today announced that the Board of Directors of the Partnership's general partner has approved an increase in its quarterly cash distribution to $0.455 per unit ($1.82 per unit on an annualized basis) for the quarter ended December 31, 2009 on all of its outstanding limited partner units. The distribution will be payable on February 12, 2010 to holders of record of such...

2009-12-10 17:05:00

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Plateau Mineral Development, Inc. (Pink Sheets: PMDP), along with its partner, EnSol, LLC, announced yesterday that the firm has been given a Letter of Intent (LOI) from Hansen Consulting to joint venture the production and lifting of "heavy crude" oil. The Hydrocarbon Decomposition (HD) Process created by Mr. William Strange, current President of PMD, creates a "solvent" that facilitates the "lifting" of heavy crude oil previously...

2009-08-06 09:52:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A nationwide education effort to promote the ways propane can help cut greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, lower energy costs, and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil was announced today by the propane industry. Led by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), the goal is to inform the country of how expanding the use of propane could begin cutting emissions of greenhouse gases immediately. "Significant and swift progress...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.