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NASA-funded robotic sub finds bottom of world's deepest sinkhole

...d experiment, SLAM had been used for navigating in buildings and mines, but had never operated in an underwater environment or with such sparse sensor input. Robots typically navigate by recognizing features, but cenote walls, while irregular, lack distinctive features. To overcome this challenge, DEPTHX ha...

Chemo combination improves survival in asbestos-related cancer

... percent to 15 percent of schools and other public buildings in the United States contain asbestos insulation. Although safety measures for working with asbestos have been in place since the 1970s, mesothelioma is projected to account for 65,000 deaths between 2001 and 2050 worldwide, peaking between 2012 ...

Termites get the vibe on what tastes good

... the very significant problem of termite damage in buildings and other structures," Mr Inta says. ...

Bacteria could steady buildings against earthquakes

Soil bacteria could be used to help steady buildings against earthquakes, according to researchers at U...n turn to liquid, with disastrous consequences for buildings sitting on them. Currently, civil engineers can inject chemicals into the soil to bind loose grains ...

China's environmental challenges

... Guangzhou, for example, space between residential buildings is so tight that people refer to them as "handshaking buildings." City clusters often enhance the competitiveness of a region, catalyzing economic growth. The downside is the environmental pollution wrought by rapid urbanization, particularly on wa...

Study supports 'urgent' need for worldwide ban on lead-based paint

... and color luster of paint used in homes and other buildings and on steel structures, such as bridges. Now scientifically linked to impaired intellectual and physical growth in children, lead is also found in some commonly imported consumer products, including candy, folk and traditional medications, ceramic d...

Virtual realities against pain

...king a flight, driving, downhill skiing, exploring buildings and many more activities. In this study, peer-reviewed publications on ADTs and pain have been reviewed to determine the clinical effectiveness and importance of using these techniques as analgesic. The results suggest that the ADTs can significan...

MIT 'seeing machine' offers hope to blind

..., view the face of a friend, "previsit" unfamiliar buildings and more. Recently the machine received positive ... raising the potential for "previewing" unfamiliar buildings a person wants to visit. Goldring explained that visually challenged people are often terrified of...

Biodiversity key to sustainable biofuel according to University of Minn. researcher's findings

...for agricultural fields planted with monocultures, buildings and roads. Tilman's research has shown that ecosystems containing many different plant species are more productive than those containing only one of those species. A return to biodiversity may prove to be the key to meeting energy needs for the grow...

Newly discovered protein kills anthrax bacteria by exploding their cell walls

...eful for large-scale decontamination of areas like buildings and military equipment. The new protein has several advantages. Most lysins, including PlyG, are only active in a very specific pH range of six to seven, so that they work very effectively in our bloodstream, but may not useful in many environmental...

Alleged 40,000-year-old human footprints in Mexico much, much older than thought

... building. Pre-Columbian Mexicans also constructed buildings from the rock, which they called xalnene, meaning "fine sand" in the Nahuatl language. Today, trucks headed toward the quarry routinely drive across the xalnene tuff in which the alleged footprints are found, and the rock itself is pockmarked with ma...

Scientist measures role of science's coolest player: The snow

...nges have triggered structural problems in Alaskan buildings and roadways, says Vavrus, and "there's every reason to think we'll see even stronger effects in the future," he adds. In forthcoming simulations, Vavrus plans to continue exploring the effects of both nearby and faraway snow cover on local climate ...

Solution to 'legionella'

...DE system, used in refrigeration towers of factory buildings and installations that are prone to be the focus for the proliferation of Legionnaires' disease. In order to validate the system, the team of INASMET-Tecnalia experts designed a refrigeration tower simulation within a biologically-isolated laborator...

Shampoo detergent added to paint makes surfaces self-sterilizing

...coatings for frequently touched surfaces in public buildings that continue killing germs for months, according ...of the American Society for Microbiology. "Public buildings and especially schools are at the center of the epidemiological web for spreading common upper respi...

Squeezing out dune plants

...n and less protection for the people, animals, and buildings on Galveston Island. ...

Fungus Effective Against Winged Termites

...ungal spores. They envision applying the fungus to buildings and trees already known to harbor termites before the swarms are in full swing. ARS is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific research agency. ...

Cousin of Asian super termite invades Florida

... the tropical species can move and survive. "Four buildings in a one-square-mile area of Riviera Beach are infested with the termite, and we believe there may be more infestations in the area," Su said. "We are asking those who think they have seen this termite to contact us at the UF/IFAS Fort Lauderdale Res...

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