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Researchers examine carbon capture and storage to combat global warming

...today lie in geologic sequestration-storage in old oil fields, natural gas reservoirs, deep saline aquife... decades of experience putting carbon dioxide into oil reservoirs, where it increases oil production by making the oil expand and ''thin out'' such that it...

Massive herds of animals found to still exist in Southern Sudan

...ormous amount of extensive seismic exploration for oil in the Sudd that is harming the environment,” added Elkan. “Industrial permits have been awarded over much of the migration corridors. Widespread automatic weapons used during the conflict are now being used by unauthorized individuals for poaching a...

Plastic that grows on trees

...n of chemists trying to pull it off: Replace crude oil as the root source for plastic, fuels and scores o...an alternative source for those products that make oil so valuable, with very little of the residual impurities that have made the quest so daunting. “W...

Hawaiian treasure, macadamia nuts good for the heart

...of monounsaturated fats, like those found in olive oil compared with other tree nuts." The researchers used a controlled feeding study to compare a heart-healthy diet with 1.5 ounces ?a small handful ?of macadamia nuts to a standard American diet. The participants had slightly elevated cholesterol lev...

More recycling on the farm could reduce environmental problems

...er contamination, and reduce farming's reliance on oil imports and water. A switch to regenerative agriculture would involve a variety of changes, including reduced use of inorganic fertilizers and more on-farm energy generation from wind and fermentation of biosolids. It would also reduce overcropping ...

Egyptians, not Greeks were true fathers of medicine

...o discovered prescriptions for laxatives of castor oil and colocynth and bulk laxatives of figs and bran. Other references show that colic was treated with hyoscyamus, which is still used today, and that cumin and coriander were used as intestinal carminatives. Further evidence showed that musculo-ske...

Diminishing dinosaur steps saved by laser and laptop

...h equipment. The equipment is generally used in oil exploration, but this project is the first time The University has used it to create images of dinosaur tracks. Dr Manning has also extended the use of the scanner to palaeontological investigation in the Hell Creek Formation in the United States,...

First demonstration of new hair follicle generation in an animal model

...structures of the skin, such as hair follicles and oil glands, rather than just a scar,?explains Cotsarelis. By introducing more wnt proteins to the wound, the researchers found that they could take advantage of the embryonic genes to promote hair-follicle growth, thus making skin regenerate instead o...

New success in engineering plant oils

... National Laboratory have converted an unsaturated oil in the seeds of a temperate plant to the more satu...March 5, 2007. While conversion of an unsaturated oil to an oil with increased saturated fatty acid levels may not sound like a boon to those conscious ab...

Tracking sperm whales and jumbo squid

...e in his novel Moby-Dick. Heavily hunted for their oil during Melville’s time, the sperm whale population today ranges somewhere between 360,000 to 1 million. These giants have a voracious appetite for squid. According to one estimate, worldwide sperm whale predation on squid may exceed 100 million metri...

ConocoPhillips establishes $22.5M biofuels research program at Iowa State

...t. This so-called bio-oil can be used as a heating oil or can be converted into transportation fuel at petroleum refineries. Brown said ConocoPhillips also will sponsor studies of other thermochemical technologies that produce biofuels. ConocoPhillips will fund research to understand and support ...

World's largest flower evolved from family of much tinier blooms

...ias, the trees that produce natural rubber, castor oil plants, and the tropical root crop cassava. The team from Harvard University, Southern Illinois University, the Smithsonian Institution, and the University of Wisconsin was led by Harvard's Charles C. Davis. "For nearly 200 years rafflesia's linea...

Custom-made cancer cell attacks

... plan to reduce the nation's dependency on foreign oil by requiring the production of 35 billion gallons ...a, Indonesia, the Philippines, the acreage of palm oil is extending very rapidly because palm oil can be converted to biodiesel with a quite high efficienc...

Cellulosic ethanol: Fuel of the future?

... plan to reduce the nation's dependency on foreign oil by requiring the production of 35 billion gallons ...a, Indonesia, the Philippines, the acreage of palm oil is extending very rapidly because palm oil can be converted to biodiesel with a quite high efficienc...

Scientists map air pollution using corn grown in US fields

...o measure carbon dioxide produced by burning coal, oil and natural gas will help atmospheric scientists better understand where pollution is located and how it mixes and moves in the air. Tracking fossil-fuel-emitted carbon dioxide will be important as countries throughout the world adhere to the Kyoto P...

Lower carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants possible with technology development

...ing this liquid carbon dioxide to improve enhanced oil recovery, an approach already in use by petroleum companies....

Meeting the ethanol challenge: Scientists use supercomputer to target cellulose bottleneck

...m looming global warming to unstable international oil supplies is driving a surge in renewable biofuels such as ethanol, with worldwide ethanol production more than doubling between 2000 and 2005. To date, corn has been the favorite ethanol source. While good news for farmers, corn prices have doubled i...

New science of metagenomics 'will transform modern microbiology'

...urposes, including making antibiotics, remediating oil spills, enhancing crop production, and producing biofuels. Historically, microbiology focused on the study of individual species of organisms that could be grown in a laboratory and examined under a microscope, but most of the life-supporting acti...

Human preference for other species could determine whether they survive

... encounters with humans or human activity, such as oil drilling at sea. The species are fairly similar, with some larger and some smaller, Stokes said. But the ones that appear to be most popular are the ones that display the warmest colors in the upper body, the neck and head. He likened the effect ...

U of M researchers invent 'flashy' new process to turn soy oil, glucose into hydrogen

Anyone who's overheated vegetable oil or sweet syrup knows that neither oil nor sugar evaporates--oil smokes and turns brown, sugar turns black, and both leave a nasty film of ...

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