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2013-09-30 16:02:05

Danish and Australian biologists have developed a technique to determine if seagrass contain sulfur. If the seagrass contains sulfur, it is an indication that the seabed is stressed and that the water environment is threatened. The technique will help biologists all over the world in their effort to save the world’s seagrass meadows. Seagrass meadows, such as eelgrass or Halophila, grow along most of the world's coasts where they provide important habitats for a wide variety of life...

Comets Brought Organic Ingredients For Life
2013-06-06 08:23:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When it came to jump-starting life, the early Earth was not a very hospitable place. New research from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) reveals that life on Earth may indeed have come from outer space. LLNL scientist Nir Goldman and UOIT´s Isaac Tamblyn — a former LLNL postdoctoral researcher — found that billions of years ago icy comets...

2013-04-23 14:50:43

Persistence of “urban” organics downstream favors dead-zone formation Each time it rains, runoff carries an earthy tea steeped from leaf litter, crop residue, soil, and other organic materials into the storm drains and streams that feed Chesapeake Bay. A new study led by researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science reveals that land use in the watersheds from which this “dissolved organic matter” originates has important implications for Bay water...

Comets May Have Seeded Life On Earth
2013-03-06 04:48:38

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Where did we come from? It is the question that has faced scientists, theologians and philosophers for millennia. And even in this age of technology, we have yet to stumble across the answer. One of the challenges is that it seems that living cells are difficult to make. Not only are they relatively complex structures, but also putting them together in such a way as to put into motion a metabolic system that can take...

2013-03-05 14:49:52

A discovery by USF and KAUST chemists could be a breakthrough in developing new tools for cleaner air and energy production. Chemists at the University of South Florida and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have discovered a more efficient, less expensive and reusable material for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and separation. The breakthrough could have implications for a new generation of clean-air technologies and offers new tools for confronting the world´s...

Ancient Fossilized Sea Creatures Contain Oldest Biomolecules Taken Directly From A Fossil
2013-02-19 13:45:53

The Ohio State University Though scientists have long believed that complex organic molecules couldn´t survive fossilization, some 350-million-year-old remains of aquatic sea creatures uncovered in Ohio, Indiana, and Iowa have challenged that assumption. The spindly animals with feathery arms–called crinoids, but better known today by the plant-like name “sea lily”–appear to have been buried alive in storms during the Carboniferous Period, when North America...

Making Contact Between Metal And Carbon Compounds
2013-02-18 07:59:56

Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres Until now, however, it was practically impossible to accurately predict which molecules performed well on the job. They basically had to be identified by trial-and-error. Now, an international team of scientists around Dr. Georg Heimel and Prof. Norbert Koch from the HZB and the Humboldt University Berlin has unraveled the mystery of what these molecules have in common. Their discovery enables more focused improvements to contact layers...

Movement Of Seawater Affects How Marine Bacteria Absorb Organic Material
2012-11-01 14:39:18

National Science Foundation New research shows that ocean turbulence directly affects the ability of microscopic marine organisms to recycle organic material back into the food web. Results of the study are published in this week's issue of the journal Science. Scientists John Taylor of Cambridge University and Roman Stocker at MIT found that there's a relationship between the natural movement of water in the ocean and the ability of marine bacteria to act as recyclers. "The...

Mathematics Of Decomposition And Carbon Dioxide
2012-10-04 07:48:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The fall leaves look like confetti piling up in your back yard with brilliant reds, golds, and oranges. They can be thought of as natural stores of carbon, as well as a beautiful nuisance that you have to rake up each Autumn. Leaves soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the spring, converting the gas into organic carbon compounds. In the fall, the leaves fall from the trees and decompose in the soil as they are eaten by...

Catskills Watershed Polluted By Hurricane Irene
2012-09-26 16:28:52

The water quality of lakes and coastal systems will be altered if  hurricanes intensify in a warming world, according to a Yale study in Geophysical Research Letters. Bryan Yoon, the study´s co-author and a doctoral student at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, found that last summer during Hurricane Irene–the worst storm in the New York area in 200 years–record amounts of dissolved organic matter darkened Catskill waters and affected the Ashokan...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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