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Methane Consuming Microorganisms Have Strange Diet
2012-11-06 13:06:13

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Methane supplies the energy for cell metabolism, but is not the carbon source Methane is formed under the absence of oxygen by natural biological and physical processes, e.g. in the sea floor. It is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Thanks to the activity of microorganisms this gas is inactivated before it reaches the atmosphere and unfolds its harmful effects on Earth's climate. Researchers from Bremen have now proven that these...

2012-10-25 04:03:25

In the past few years, high Btu landfill gas (LFG) recovery and treatment has received renewed attention because the process converts large amounts of methane from waste into a viable, renewable fuel. While this process upgrades landfill gas to specifications for natural gas pipeline transport, it also significantly reduces the environmental impact from the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas pollution. In partnership with IESI, a subsidiary of Progressive Waste Solutions, and the US...

Global Warming And Rice Production
2012-10-23 06:34:24

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study led by the University of California, Davis finds that more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, coupled with rising temperatures, is making rice agriculture a larger source of the potent greenhouse gas methane. Relatively simple changes in rice cultivation, according to the study, could help reduce methane emissions. "Together, higher carbon dioxide concentrations and warmer temperatures predicted for the end of this...

Mars Methane Could Hint At Signs Of Life
2012-10-17 05:05:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An astronomy graduate student from New Mexico State University is looking into the possibility of finding life on Mars through detecting traces of methane gas. Malynda Chizek made a presentation during the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting about her research studying the possible detection of methane gas on Mars. "There is an instrument onboard the Curiosity Rover -- which landed on Mars in...

Man-made Methane Emissions Traced To Roman Times
2012-10-04 05:52:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Analysis of the Greenland ice sheet is allowing scientists to trace the emissions of the greenhouse gas methane back thousands of years. A research team, led by the Niels Bohr Institute, has determined how much methane originates from natural sources and how much is due to human activity using special analytical methods. The resulting data can be dated back to Roman times and up to the present. More than half the emissions today are...


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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Uranus' moon Umbriel -- Umbriel is a moon of Uranus discovered in 1851 by William Lassell. It was named after the 'dusky melancholy sprite' in Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock. Umbriel's surface is the darkest of the Uranian moons, and it is also the least geologically active. It is mostly composed of water ice, with the balance made up of silicate rock and methane ice. Most of its methane ice is on its surface. ----- Discovery Discovered by William Lassell...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Uranus' moon Ariel -- Ariel is a moon of Uranus discovered in 1851 by William Lassell. Its composition is roughly 50% water ice, 30% silicate rock, and 20% methane ice, and it appears to have regions of fresh frost in places. Largely devoid of impact craters, Ariel appears to have undergone a period of intense geological activity that has produced a huge network of fault canyons and liquid water outflows over its surface. ----- Discovery Discovered by William Lassell...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'