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The secret lives of whales

...cterial garden may hold a key to better cold water washing detergents. But more importantly, study of whale worms and other whale-fall species help scientists understand how life has diversified in specialized habitats in the deep-sea. Deep-sea vent tube worms may have originated from shallow-water species, ...

Study: Soap And Water Work Best In Ridding Hands Of Disease Viruses

...getting rid of disease-causing viruses than simply washing one’s hands with good old-fashioned soap and water. Among the viruses soapy hand washing flushes down the drain is the one that causes the common cold. Other removable viruses cause hepatit...

An (ecological) origin of species for tropical reef fish

...a world where currents constantly stir the waters, washing in fish or their larvae from afar, a world without well-defined geographical barriers? Rocha et al. took a close look at the genetics of one group of Western Atlantic tropical reef fishes (wrasses, genus Halichoeres) throughout their range and were s...

Bacteria can survive for weeks on hospital surfaces

...udy clearly demonstrate the need for frequent hand washing and environmental disinfection in health care settings," says Owens. ...

MRSA study demonstrates need for frequent hand washing and environmental disinfection in health care settings

...udy clearly demonstrate the need for frequent hand washing and environmental disinfection in health care settings," says Owens. ...

Hurricane aftermath: Infectious disease threats from common, not exotic, diseases

..., people should practice basic hygiene, frequently washing their hands with soap and clean water or disinfecting hands with an alcohol-based hand cleaner. Individuals should not eat food that has been exposed to flood waters or that has not been properly refrigerated." One common misperception is that the b...

War on terror meets war on cancer

...ur different ratios of oxygen-18 to oxygen-16. The washing process allowed researchers to calculate how much of the water extracted from the bacterial cakes came from outside and from inside the bacteria. Water samples were analyzed in a mass spectrometer, which detects the atomic weights of isotopes of oxyg...

'Acid rain' and forest mass: Another perspective

...cation deficit (particularly magnesium) due to the washing both of the forest canopy and the soil produced by these together with anions (sulphates and nitrates). This problem is not very common in forest ecosystems close to the sea given that, in these conditions, the uptake of magnesium with precipitation ...

Researchers know what you were about to say; fMRI used to detect memory storage and retrieval

... night," Polyn said. "If you recall that you were washing dishes, that might trigger associated memories, leading you to remember that your keys are next to the sink. We refer to this phenomenon as 'bootstrapping.'" According to Polyn, this "bootstrapping" effect occurs as a brain area called the hippoca...

GROWing the next generation of water recycling plants

...tem (GROW) uses semi-aquatic plants to treat waste washing water, which can then be reused for activities such as flushing the toilet. GROW is the brainchild of Chris Shirley-Smith, whose company Water Works UK is collaborating with Imperial College London and Cranfield University. The researchers are fund...

'Good' bacteria could save patients from infection infection by deadlier ones

...e same lines, he suggests that when doctors finish washing their hands with antiseptics, they might plunge their hands into a solutions saturated with harmless bacteria - for example "bioactive yoghurt." The same approach, perhaps, should be applied to patients' tissues that are to be exposed to surgery. ...

Skin disease common among Hispanic farmworkers in North Carolina, research shows

...shower facilities and often have limited access to washing facilities and to stores for detergents. "The results suggest that services to diagnose and treat such diseases should be made readily available," he said. The interview study ?also conducted during the 2004 season ?sought to learn more about wor...

Red Tide causes sea turtle die-off in El Salvador

... the first instances of dead and dying sea turtles washing up on shore were reported in the second week in December. Dr. White then performed post-mortem examinations on one of the turtles, while simultaneously training Salvadorian colleagues in tissue collection techniques. Samples were then sent to Florida...

UW-Madison engineers squeeze secrets from proteins

...ins. When you put you clothes in hot water in your washing machine, you want your detergents to withstand those high temperatures. So what people do is engineer enzymes that do not unfold when you put them in hot water. They design enzymes that are more stable than normal enzymes at high temperatures." To b...

Common practices at petting zoos put visitors at risk

...the petting zoo, including lathering with soap and washing hands before eating and after visiting the petting...risks and take the appropriate precautions such as washing their hands after visiting," says Fred Angulo of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC...

Flu not the only germ threat this time of year

...t. "We've known for more than 100 years that hand washing prevents infection, but we still can't get people to wash their hands," said Falsey. "Hand washing is the simplest, most effective way to keep from getting sick and making others sick. But it's hard ...

A bathroom that cleans itself

... not form -- water runs straight off the surface, washing as it goes. Presently, titanium dioxide can only be activated by the UVA present in sunlight. But the UNSW team is working on ways to activate titanium dioxide with indoor light. The team is modifying titanium dioxide nanoparticles with other eleme...

New organic substrate

...ion process the bark of the pine is subjected to a washing in water at a temperature of 90-115 ºC, the resulting cellulose being practically pure, free of phytotoxic products and ready to be used in the growing of agricultural crops. ...

Encoded metallic nanowires reveal bioweapons

... be magnetically separated out during the required washing steps--a prerequisite for a portable microbiodetector. ...

Better sludge through metagenomics

...der the consequences of their daily ablutions, the washing of clothes, the watering of lawns, and the flush of a toilet. However, wastewater treatment--one of the cornerstones of modern civilization--is the largest microbially-mediated biotechnology process on the planet. When it works, it is a microbial s...

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