Problems With Heavy Metals in Sewage? Pop It in the Microwave!News
A team of researchers studying new methods to remove toxic heavy metals from biosolids — the solid waste left over after sewage treatment — found the key is a brief spin through a microwave.READ MORE
Microplastics a Million Times More Abundant in Oceans Than Previously ThoughtNews
Nothing seems safe from plastic contamination. It is pulled from the nostrils of sea turtles, found in Antarctic waters and buried in the fossil record. But a new study suggests there could be a million times more pieces of plastic in the ocean than previously estimated.
Urgent Improvements To Reduce Pharmaceutical Pollution NeededNews
Failure to ensure the environmental sustainability of growing patient access to medicines in developing economies could increase the risk of adverse environmental impacts.READ MORE
Expansions of DNA repeats are very hard to analyze. A method that
combines nanopore sequencing, stem cell, and CRISPR-Cas technologies allows for a detailed look at these previously inaccessible regions of the genome.
This is the first study to really show, in a statistical model, that air pollution was associated with Alzheimer’s-like brain changes with declines in memory performance.READ MORE
The world’s love for chocolate has helped decimate protected forests in western Africa as some residents have turned protected areas into illegal cocoa farms and hunting grounds. But researchers have found that simply patrolling the grounds of two forest reserves in Ivory Coast has helped reduce illegal activity.READ MORE
A recent study provides clarification and analysis on various aspects of what a controlled environment system entails and the extent to which differing food production approaches can be applied to the many current and hopeful endeavors of Urban Agriculture.READ MORE
For years, researchers have known that defects in the primary cilium are linked with obesity and insulin resistance. Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered that the strange little cellular appendage is sensing omega-3 fatty acids in the diet, and that this signal is directly affecting how stem cells in fat tissue divide and turn into fat cells.READ MORE
Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) recently unveiled key information about gene expression in sea grapes, which could help shed light on the evolution of sea grape morphology and help Okinawan farmers improve cultivation of umi-budo.READ MORE