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Soils offer new hope as carbon sink

...ar Agricultural Institute. Trials of agrichar - a product hailed as a saviour of Australia's carbon-depleted soils and the environment - have doubled and, in one case, tripled crop growth when applied at the rate of 10 tonnes per hectare. Agrichar is a black carbon byproduct of a process called pyrolysis...

Plastic that grows on trees

...rent byproducts,” including levulinic acid, making product purification expensive and uncompetitive with petroleum-based chemicals. Zhang, lead author and former post doc Haibo Zhao, and colleagues John Holladay and Heather Brown, all from PNNL, were able to coax HMF yields upward of 70 percent from gluco...

In nature, proteins sweep up nanoparticles

...ater-filled mine. The sulfide is a metabolic waste product of bacteria that thrive in the oxygen-free mine. Once the sulfide is released into the watery environment, it readily combines with metals, in this case zinc, to form nano-sized biominerals that measure about one-billionth of a meter in diameter. ...

Detecting cold, feeling pain: Study reveals why menthol feels fresh

...chemical cooling agents such as menthol, a natural product of mint, and cool air. They reported their discovery, or "cloning," of the receptor in "Nature" (March 7, 2002), hypothesizing that the receptor would play a key role in sensing cold. However, some subsequent papers questioned this theory. In the ...

Corals -- More complex than you?

... complex ways. Humans, on the other hand, are the product of a continuous and complicated dialogue between thousands of genes. Who has the best formula for long-term survival remains unclear. Today’s corals first appeared 240 million years ago. So far humans have barely survived for 2 per cent of the tim...

New bacteria test could improve quality of fruit and vegetable juice

...r for the bacteria during the processing and final product stage. He said the DNA technique in combination with infrared spectroscopy technique won't cause long delays in production. "This combination will be the best way to quickly and accurately detect and identify the bacteria," said Lin, w...

Warts vaccine -- 1 of many in pipeline

...reatments," Professor Frazer said. "Should the product under trial be effective, it also gives them the chance to be amongst the first to benefit." A vaccine would complement both the pap smear program and currently available vaccines to prevent infections. Genital warts are transmitted by skin con...

DOE JGI sets 'gold standard' for metagenomic data analysis

...sons, and get some guidance for choosing the right product for your particular needs." Another major problem with metagenomes is binning. Binning is the process of identifying from what organism a particular sequence has originated. There are several methods employed to bin sequences. BLAST (Basic Local...

Dinosaur hearing, listening to muscle noise, quieter cubicles

...ientific authority to some teaching statements and product descriptions (4pMU1). In wind instruments, an area of controversy has been whether their sound quality and responsiveness are significantly affected by the thicknesses of an instrument wall and the exact materials of which the wall is made. Many ac...

Genome sequencing reveals key to viable ethanol production

...few of its enzymes break down some of that wood. A product of that tiny reaction is a sugar called laminaribiose that diffuses into the cell. There it deactivates a repressor for two genes, which wake up and start pumping out the two triggers the full production of wood-degrading enzymes CelC and LicA. Wu’...

Paper challenges 1491 Amazonian population theories

... that in Amazonia, at least, the rainforest is the product of long term human use, has been used as farmers a...of Amazonia is a 'built landscape' and therefore a product of past human land use," Bush says. "Most archaeologists are buying into the argument that you had b...

Scientists genetically engineer tomatoes with enhanced folate content

...e done--including a better look at how the overall product is affected by this alteration." And there is another hurdle the researchers must clear. Boosting the production of folate in tomatoes involved increasing the level of another chemical in the plant, pteridine. Little is known about this chemical, ...

Good behavior, religiousness may be genetic

... that selfless and social behavior is not purely a product of environment, specifically religious environment. After studying the behavior of adult twins, researchers found that, while altruistic behavior and religiousness tended to appear together, the correlation was due to both environmental and genetic f...

Link found between immune system and high plasma lipid levels

...ned. Whether this is an intended and advantageous product of inflammation or untoward consequences of combating pathogens or autoimmunity remains to be determined." ...

Turning green gunk to gold, anti-cancer gold

...Developing an efficient synthetic route to natural product compounds and their analogs is often an essential step in drug development. With drugs such as penicillin and tetracycline, it can easily be done, but cryptophycins present more of a challenge. Sherman's team realized that with all cryptophycins, the...

Failure to meet United Nations sanitation target could affect millions of the world's poorest

... example, where the 2005 per capita gross domestic product was only about $1,700, the sanitation target has a...boring Indonesia, with a per capita gross domestic product of $4,500, is lagging in its efforts to expand access to sanitation services and is expected to miss...

Researchers first to map gene that regulates adult stem cell growth

... researchers hope the gene, along with its protein product Latexin, can be used clinically, such as for ramping up the stem cell count in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation. The researchers agreed that this very process is not only interesting, but important beca...

QUT scientists on the way to sifting out a cure for HIV

...found in beach sand and alumina is an intermediate product of aluminium which is the third most abundant elem...n board and help us develop this technology into a product that has the potential to save the lives of people with HIV." ...

Antivirals effectively curb influenza virus

... at 75 percent. Thus, the preventive use of either product reduced by 75 percent to 81 percent the chance that an exposed person would become ill with influenza. The researchers' analysis found a significant reduction in infectiousness, as defined by reductions in influenza illnesses in household contacts,...

New cigarette designs don't offer lower predicted cancer risks

...kow's study "has profound implications for tobacco product regulation." Clark studies the impact of comprehensive tobacco use prevention and control programs, as well as advertising and promotion of tobacco products in retail stores. "Dr. Pankow's study shows that simply lowering the levels of a few known...

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