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Marine microbes creating green waves in industry

New technology designed to analyse large numbers of novel marine microbes could lead to more efficient and greener ways to manufacture new drugs for conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes, flu and other viruses, as well as improving the manufacture of other products such as agrochemicals. Resear...

Carnegie Mellon's Kris Matyjaszewski recieves EPA's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award

WASHINGTONKrzysztof Matyjaszewski, the J.C. Warner Professor of the Natural Sciences and University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, will receive the 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency at a ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 22 ...

'Father of green chemistry' Paul Anastas to head EPA research

New Haven, Conn. President Obama has nominated Paul Anastas, Yale's Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice of Chemistry for the Environment, to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Research and Development. Anastas is currently director of the Cente...

EPA's P3 award winners celebrate a green future

(Washington, D.C. - April 21, 2009) EPA has announced the university teams who won the annual People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) competition. The P3 award competition encourages college students to apply technology in innovative ways to tackle global environmental challenges. P3 designs must ...

Joint statement by German science organizations on green genetic engineering

Germany's Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Ilse Aigner, has banned the cultivation of genetically modified maize. The ban took effect immediately on 14 April. The minister noted that the ban is an isolated decision on a particular case, not a fundamental rejection of...

Scripps scientists help decode mysterious green glow of the sea

Many longtime sailors have been mesmerized by the dazzling displays of green light often seen below the ocean surface in tropical seas. Now researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have uncovered key clues about the bioluminescent worms that produce the green glow and the...

Keeping golf courses green when fresh water is limited

LAS VEGASExplosive population growth in southern Nevada has placed increasing demands on available water resources. In 2007, 80% of the state's residents lived in southern Nevada, where the population approached two million people. The dual concerns of this population boom and a climate that featu...

Cellulosic biofuel technology will generate low-cost green fuel, says major study

Cellulosic biofuels offer similar, if not lower, costs and very large reductions in greenhouse gas emissions compared to petroleum-derived fuels. That's one of the key take-home messages from a series of expert papers on "The Role of Biomass in America's Energy Future (RBAEF)" in a special issue o...

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers develop new reversible, green window technology

BEER-SHEVA, ISRAEL, March 3, 2009 -- Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers have developed a new, highly energy-efficient window technology, featuring two reversible panes that will save energy all year round in homes and office buildings. "The 'Seasons Window' features the only ...

Final frontier: Mission to explore buried ancient Antarctic lake given green light

An international team of scientists led by the UK has been given the go-ahead to explore one of the planet's last great frontiers - an ancient lake hidden deep beneath Antarctica's ice sheet. Buried under 3 km of ice, the lake the size of Lake Windermere (UK) may have been isolated for hundreds ...

Queen's receives $9.1 million to establish National Center of Excellence in green chemistry

Kingston, ON PARTEQ Innovations, the technology commercialization office of Queen's University, has been awarded $9.1 million from the federal government towards the establishment of a National Centre of Excellence for the development and commercialization of Green Chemistry technologies. The...

Peptides-on-demand: McGill researcher's radical new green chemistry makes the impossible possible

This release is available in French . McGill University chemistry professor Chao-Jun (C.J.) Li is known as one of the world leading pioneers in green chemistry, an entirely new approach to the science which eschews the use of toxic, petrochemical-based solvents in favour of basic substanc...

Trailblazing rural community shows green heating oil a viable option

Local schools and homes in the small Georgian town of Reepham in Norfolk are taking part in the groundbreaking 12-month trial, led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). Like two million homes across the UK and Ireland, the properties depend on heating oil for warmth and hot water, and the ai...

Biggest ever public investment in bioenergy to help provide clean, green and sustainable fuels

The biggest ever single UK public investment in bioenergy research has been announced today (27 January) by the main funding agency for the biosciences the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The 27M BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre has been launched to provide t...

Landmark national study reveals significance of green practices in attractions industry

(St. Louis, Missouri): The results of a national survey released by PGAV Destination Consulting, a planning and design firm in the international entertainment, tourism and hospitality industries, in collaboration with the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden, reveal an important understanding...

Putting a green cap on garbage dumps

Landfill sites produce the greenhouse gases, methane and carbon dioxide, as putrescible waste decays. Growing plants and trees on top of a landfill, a process known as 'Phytocapping', could reduce the production and release of these gases, according to Australian scientists writing in a forthcomin...

Parasite-resistant peppers green alternatives to chemical pesticides

CHARLESTON, SCRoot-knot nematodes are extreme parasites. These microscopic, omnipresent worms cause major damage to horticultural and field crops in sub-tropical regions, resulting in significant financial losses to growers and gardeners. Until recently, fumigation of the soil with methyl bromi...

Expert recommends town councils to design low-allergy impact green spaces

This release is available in Spanish . Contributing to the diversity of plant species (avoiding the massive use of an only or a few species); using examples of native flora preferably instead of exotic species and promoting the participation of experts in the design of landscaped areas ar...

A green future for scrap iron

Take a close look at that cheap piece of scrap iron before you toss it in the trash. Wei-xian Zhang has a good use for it. Someday soon, much of the world might also. Zhang, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, recently concluded a five-year research project in which he and hi...

MU scientists go green with gold, distribute environmentally friendly nanoparticles

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Gold nanoparticles are everywhere. They are used in cancer treatments, automobile sensors, cell phones, blood sugar monitors and hydrogen gas production. However, until recently, scientists couldn't create the nanoparticles without producing synthetic chemicals that had negative i...

Multiple disease-related research gets green light from the NIH

Saranac Lake, N.Y. - Stephen Smiley, Ph.D., a member of the scientific faculty at the Trudeau Institute, whose research could lead to new treatments for several common diseases, has been awarded a research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for nearly $2 million. Dr. Smiley and...

A green solution to biofuel production

With the current drive towards production of alternative fuels from plant material, enzymes which can break down this material into useable compounds are required in industrial quantities and at a low cost. One group of scientists from Texas A&M University have come up with a solution: using plan...

Ethanol byproduct produces green results

PROSSER, WA Commercial flower and plant growers know all too well that invasive, ubiquitous weeds cause trouble by lowering the value and deterring healthy growth of potted ornamental plants. To control weeds, many commercial nursery owners resort to the expensive practice of paying workers to ha...

The benefits of green tea in reducing an important risk factor for heart disease

More evidence for the beneficial effect of green tea on risk factors for heart disease has emerged in a new study reported in the latest issue of European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation .1 The study found that the consumption of green tea rapidly improves the function of ...

MXI Security and Communication Intelligence Corporation Team up to Deliver the First Green Portable Security Solution for Financial Institutions

MXI Security Recyclable Award Winning Portable Security Devices and CIC's Paperless Biometric and Electronic Signature Solution Offer a Sustainable Approach to Security for Financial Services REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. and MONTREAL, May 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Communication Intell...

Stevens' Center for Science Writings honors environmental critics with Green Book Award, April 30

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, whose critiques of the environmental movement have provoked widespread reconsideration of its methods and goals, have won the 2008 Green Book Award from Stevens Institute of Technologys Center for Science Writings. Nordhaus and Shellenber...

Viruses, oxygen and our green oceans

Some of the oxygen we breathe today is being produced because of viruses infecting micro-organisms in the worlds oceans, scientists heard today (Wednesday 2 April 2008) at the Society for General Microbiologys 162nd meeting being held this week at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. ...

Blueberry and green tea containing supplement protects against stroke damage

Tampa, Florida (March 4, 2008) A unique dietary supplement called NutraStem has been shown to have beneficial effects following experimental stroke. A nutritional supplement product, NutraStem also known as NT-020, is a proprietary formulation of blueberry, green tea, vitamin D3 and carnosine e...

Paving the way for green roads

DURHAM, N.H. Kevin Gardner sees green roads right around the corner. A lot of the infrastructure in this country needs to be re-built, says Gardner, University of New Hampshire associate professor of civil engineering and director of the Environmental Research Group. We have a real opportunit...

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa commits 180M to revive farmers' depleted soils

Nairobi, Kenya (25 January 2008) Determined to revive the grossly depleted soils of sub-Saharan Africa, which are a major underlying cause of poverty and hunger, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) today announced a US$180 million five-year program to restore the fertility of Afr...

In the laboratory, green tea proves a powerful medicine against severe sepsis

MANHASSET, NY A major component of green tea could prove the perfect elixir for severe sepsis, an abnormal immune system response to a bacterial infection. In a new laboratory study, Haichao Wang, PhD, of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and his colleagues have been studying the ther...

Now is Africa's turn for a green revolution, global experts say

Three years after the United Nations called for a Green Revolution in Africa, a renowned group of speakers will share the promise of fighting hunger in Africa through agricultural productivity. They will cover sustainable agriculture, nutrition, environment, markets and policies in the continent d...

Study involving more than 100 scientists provides new insights on green algae

Culminating a three-year research project, 115 scientists from around the world report in the Oct. 12 issue of the journal Science a "gold mine" of data on a tiny green alga called Chlamydomonas, with implications for human diseases. The single-celled Chlamydomonas, a slimy organism that grows ...

Using green chemistry to deliver cutting-edge drugs

Green chemistry is being employed to develop revolutionary drug delivery methods that are more effective and less toxic and could benefit millions of patients. Chemists at The University of Nottingham are developing new methods for coating drugs in plastics, using methods that do not damage th...

Salmon garnish points the way to green electronics

Professor Andrew Steckl, a leading expert in light-emitting diodes, is intensifying the properties of LEDs by introducing biological materials, specifically salmon DNA. Electrons move constantly think of tiny particles with a negative charge and attention deficit disorder. It is through the mo...

American Chemical Society calls green chemistry bill a 'smart step'

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 5, 2007 The American Chemical Society (ACS) today praised House passage of legislation seeking to improve federal coordination, dissemination and investment in green chemistry research and development (R&D). The Green Chemistry Research and Development Act of 2007 (HR 2850...

MU researchers go nano, natural and green

COLUMBIA, Mo. In 2002, U.S. farmers harvested 2.7 billion bushels of soybeans. Last year in Missouri, farmers harvested 194 million bushels of soybeans worth about $1.2 billion. Now, a team of researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia is turning those soybeans into gold, with nothing mor...

Turning green gunk to gold, anti-cancer gold

Combining synthetic chemistry techniques with a knowledge of the properties and actions of enzymes, scientists have been able to produce an exciting class of anti-cancer drugs originally isolated from blue-green algae. This accomplishment is expected to make it possible to produce enough of the ...

Organic is healthier: Kiwis prove that green is good

In one of the most comprehensive and definitive studies of its kind to date, a team of researchers at the University of California, Davis have proven that organically grown kiwifruit contain more health-promoting factors than those grown under conventional conditions. The research is reported in th...

A green way to slag off bunnies

Bunnies beware: Britain’s significant rabbit problem could be eliminated simply by dusting slag on wheat fields, reports Tom Hopkinson in Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of the SCI. In the UK alone, rabbits cause an estimated £115m worth of damage annually. Researcher David Cowen and ...
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