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Research Concludes Waste From Test Fracking Wells Safe to Be on Highways

Researchers at West Virginia University studied drilling wastes produced at two research wells near Morgantown and found they are well below federal guidelines for radioactive or hazardous waste.

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Start-Up Company Uses Novel Technology to Mitigate Risks From Sea-Level Rise, Flooding

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Coastal Risk Consulting, a new start-up company formed by an FAU professor, has developed novel technology to assist coastal homeowners, businesses, and government to evaluate and mitigate risks from encroaching seas along Florida’s southeast coast as well as other vulnerable areas in the United States and overseas.

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Few People Know Mushrooms’ Health Benefits, Plasma Tech Can Be Tapped to Kill Biofilms on Perishable Foods, Are You in Your ‘Right’ Mind When Tasting a Favorite Beer, and More in the Food Science News Source

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Endocrine Society Experts Concerned EU Chemical Criteria Will Not Protect Public

The European Commission’s narrow criteria for endocrine-disrupting chemicals will make it nearly impossible for scientists to meet the unrealistically high burden of proof and protect the public from dangerous chemicals, the Endocrine Society said in a response sent to the Commission today.

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Before Animals, Evolution Waited Eons to Inhale; Discovery of a New Extinct Carnivorous Marsupial; Research Could Lead to More and Healthier Sorghum, and More in the Environment News Source

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Researchers ID Cancer Gene-Drug Combinations Ripe for Precision Medicine; Many Skin Cancer Patients Still Too Likely to Sunburn; Researchers Block Common Type of Colon Cancer Tumor in Mice, and More in the Cancer News Source

Personalized Medicine Leads to Better Outcomes; Phase 1 Study Results of Selinexor Combination Therapy for Multiple Myeloma Patients; and the Latest from ASCO Sessions in the Cancer News Source

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Idle Hands: New and Improved Idlebox Tool to Aid in Reduction of Idling

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Argonne National Laboratory, with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, has relaunched IdleBox, an electronic education and outreach toolkit aimed at promoting idling reduction across the country. The new IdleBox is now available to anyone seeking an authoritative resource on idling reduction.

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WSU Students Work to Save the Destruction of the Iconic Palm Tree

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When a monster beetle arrived in Hawaii and began chomping down palm trees, students with Wichita State University's Bug Lab took action.

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UF/IFAS Research Could Lead to More and Healthier Sorghum

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A UF/IFAS scientist has identified two areas of the sorghum genome that could boost the plant’s resistance to the anthracnose disease. Sorghum is a grain known to produce feed for livestock and biofuel.

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Cambodia’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary Sells First Carbon Credits

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The Royal Government of Cambodia, through a long-running partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), has sold to Disney the first carbon credits from a climate change mitigation project in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, which encompasses a total area of 292,690 hectares.

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USF Researchers Find Dangerous Bacteria After Sewer Spills

TAMPA, Fla. (July 20, 2016) - University of South Florida researchers investigating the aftermath of a September, 2014 sewer line break in St. Petersburg, Florida, have found dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the untreated wastewater that gushed into neighborhoods and into Boca Ciega Bay at a rate of 250 to 500 gallons per minute.

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ACI Chronicles Decades of Cleaning Product Safety Research

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Cleaning product manufacturers and suppliers have a lengthy history of carrying out and supporting research on the environmental fate and effects of cleaning product ingredients, according to an article by scientists at the American Cleaning Institute. Writing in SETAC Globe – a technical communication of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry – ACI’s science team lays out highlights of the Institute’s research over much of its 90-year history, including examples of novel approaches applied to down-the-drain consumer chemicals.

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Kidney Toxins and Kidney Injury Biomarker Detected in Children

Water supply contamination has become a global issue, affecting communities in both the United States and around the world. Exposure to environmental toxins - such as arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and other heavy metals - early in life via contaminated water or other sources can have long-term health consequences as children grow. Investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Sciences at Harvard Medical School have assessed environmental exposure to multiple toxins in children living in a region of Mexico with a high incidence of chronic kidney disease, especially among young adults. Not only did the team detect high levels of the arsenic and chromium in urine samples from the children, they also were able to detect elevated levels of KIM-1, a biomarker that is being studied as an early sign of kidney injury. The team's findings are published this week in Environmental Research.

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New ORNL Tool Probes for Genes Linked to Toxic Methylmercury

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Environmental scientists can more efficiently detect genes required to convert mercury in the environment into more toxic methylmercury with molecular probes developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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Study: Fracking Industry Wells Associated with Increased Risk of Asthma Attacks

People with asthma who live near bigger or larger numbers of active unconventional natural gas wells operated by the fracking industry in Pennsylvania are 1.5 to four times likelier to have asthma attacks than those who live farther away, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests.

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Toxicological Cross-Check

Flame retardants are invisible assistants in car seats, gasket sealants, furniture and even in aeroplanes. However, their ingredients are not always harmless. Empa researchers developed three innovative flame retardants and tested them for toxicity; not all of them passed the test.

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Can Synthetic Clays Save a World Awash in Pollution?

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A Penn State researcher has developed materials that can clean up multiple radioactive pollutants and heavy metals. The next step is to get them out of the laboratory.

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Cornell Experts Applaud House Passing GMO Labeling Bill Which President Is Expected to Sign

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UK Researchers Partner With Kentucky Bourbon Distillery to Convert Waste Into Useful Products

Researchers at UK’s Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) are always on the lookout for abundant and sustainable materials that can be converted into value-added products. In this case, CAER has partnered with Wilderness Trail Distillery in Danville, Kentucky to convert stillage, a by-product left over during the bourbon production process, into materials that can be used in batteries, capacitors and water filtration systems.

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Upstream Trenches, Downstream Nitrogen

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Researchers reduce the amount of nitrogen that moves downstream from fields with woodchip-filled trenches, bioreactors. Bacteria that live in them neutralize the nitrogen threat to downstream waters.