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New CO2 Removal Technique Produces Green Fuel, Offsets Ocean Acidification
2013-05-29 10:31:52

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new technique to remove and store atmospheric carbon dioxide has been demonstrated by scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The new technique also generates carbon-negative hydrogen and produces alkalinity, which can be used to offset ocean acidification. At laboratory scale, the team demonstrated a system that uses the acidity normally produced in saline water electrolysis to accelerate silicate mineral...

ESA’s SMOS And NASA’s Aquarius Missions Monitoring Ocean Salinity
2013-04-22 14:21:15

ESA [ Watch The Video Freshwater Plume From SMOS And Aquarius ] The saltiness of the oceans is being closely monitored from space by both ESA´s SMOS and NASA´s Aquarius missions, but in slightly different ways. By joining forces, researchers are exploiting these complementary missions to benefit climate science even further. Everyone knows that seawater is salty, but it isn´t that obvious that the concentration of salt — the salinity — of the surface waters...

Resilience In Shelled Plants Exposed To Ocean Acidification Found By Scientists
2013-04-15 11:35:10

University of California - Santa Barbara Marine scientists have long understood the detrimental effect of fossil fuel emissions on marine ecosystems. But a group led by a UC Santa Barbara professor has found a point of resilience in a microscopic shelled plant with a massive environmental impact, which suggests the future of ocean life may not be so bleak. As fossil fuel emissions increase, so does the amount of carbon dioxide oceans absorb and dissolve, lowering their pH levels. "As pH...

Window Into Europa’s Ocean Opened By Astronomers
2013-03-05 10:28:13

W. M. Keck Observatory With data collected from the mighty W. M. Keck Observatory, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) astronomer Mike Brown – known as the Pluto killer for discovering a Kuiper-belt object that led to the demotion of Pluto from planetary status – and Kevin Hand from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have found the strongest evidence yet that salty water from the vast liquid ocean beneath Europa´s frozen exterior actually makes its way to the...

How Sensitive US East Coast Regions May Be To Ocean Acidification Revealed By New Study
2013-03-01 12:17:31

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution A continental-scale chemical survey in the waters of the eastern U.S. and Gulf of Mexico is helping researchers determine how distinct bodies of water will resist changes in acidity. The study, which measures varying levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other forms of carbon in the ocean, was conducted by scientists from 11 institutions across the U.S. and was published in the journal Limnology and Oceanography. “Before now, we haven't had a very...

Your Tongue Is Equipped To Guard Against Excessive Salt Concentrations
2013-02-15 05:26:21

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Salt is a necessity for life, yet too much of it can have detrimental effects, such as hypertension or kidney failure in humans. New research from a team of American biochemists has discovered how mammals´ tongues are equipped to guard against ingesting high concentrations of salt. According to the team´s report in the journal Nature, their findings could be used to help control the diet of individuals who eat too much...

2013-01-14 10:32:05

Invading seawater threatens to pollute or destroy scores of Australia´s coastal water supplies, water scientists have warned. And in many urban areas, thousands of bore owners pump groundwater unabated, leading to potential “tragedy of the commons” situations. In a recent report on the risk of seawater intrusion into coastal aquifers, researchers at the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) and Geoscience Australia for the National Water...

Ocean Acoustics Changing
2012-10-19 14:07:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Along with negatively impacting marine life and global climate change, the acidification of the Earth´s oceans could have the unintended side effect of changing the acoustics beneath the water´s surface. New research suggests that a future, more acidic ocean would resemble the one that existed around 110 million years ago, when dinosaurs still roamed both the land and sea. Climatologists have been raising concerns in recent...

2012-10-09 04:01:33

Watersolutions AG introduces the Watersolutions LTD system, a patented, cost-effective thermal process for seawater desalination based on the principle of low temperature distillation (LTD). Simple to install, robust and highly efficient with low running and maintenance costs, the Watersolutions LTD System can achieve significant savings in operating costs (OPEX) excluding depreciation, which are projected at only 1/3 -1/2 of existing processes. Unlike conventional desalination technologies,...


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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