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Pollutants, Allergens, Pathogens, Ventilation, Asbestos, Insulation, Sick, Syndrome

Sick-Building Syndrome Help in New Book

A new book, "Keeping Buildings Healthy: How To Monitor and Prevent Indoor Environment Problems, " co-authored by a Cornell University professor of design and environmental analysis, can help both building managers and owners resolve existing indoor air problems and prevent indoor environmental problems in the future.


Geology, Environment, Seismic, Volcanoe, Earthquake

December 2, 1998 Special Edition Tipsheet

1- Limits of Life on Earth: Are They Key to Life on Other Planets? 2- Is Seismic hazard in the Central U.S. Less Than Thought? 3- New, Low-Cost "GPS" Can Monitor Volcanoes, Faults and Storms


Aerospace, Environment, Materials, Coatings, Aircraft, Boeing

Removing Toxic Components from Aluminum Coatings

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Rolla are working with Boeing Co. to develop a method to remove toxic materials from aluminum components used in the aerospace industry.


trio, Sampling, Tools, Extract, Liquid, Gas, Powder, Containers

Safely Extract Samples from Waste Containers

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a trio of sampling tools capable of extracting liquid, gas or powder samples from sealed containers and permanently sealing the point of entry -- all within a matter of seconds and without exposing people to the contents inside.


Chemistry, Engineering, Military, Law Enforcement, Safety

You Could Even Say It Glows

Chemists at the University of Maryland, College Park, have developed a new, highly selective way to detect chemical weapons. The system uses molecules that are fluorescent in the presence of even small amounts of lethal phosphate esters, including the nerve agent SARIN -- which was used by terrorists in a 1995 Japanese subway attack.


Stalagmites, Caves, Climate, Vegetation, ice, age

Cave Yields Treasure Trove of Climatic History

A University of Minnesota study used stalagmites from a Missouri cave to gain a clear picture of climate and vegetation change in the mid-continental region during the millennia leading up to the last ice age (75,000 to 25,000 years ago), a time period for which such data have been sketchy.


Climate, Tropics, ice, age, core, Global, Warming

Oldest Ice Core From Tropics Recovered, New Ice Age

An analysis of ice cores drilled from a glacier atop a Bolivian volcano is painting a vivid picture of climate conditions in the tropics over the past 25,000 years, an Ohio State researcher reported in the journal Science.


Biology, Enzyme, Hydrogen

Enzyme that Uses Iron to Make Hydrogen

The workings of an iron-laden bacterial enzyme could one day provide researchers with an inexpensive and stable catalyst to create hydrogen, according to scientists at Utah State University.


12-2-98 New Scientist Tip Sheet

December tips from the New Scientist magazine.


Lightning, Ozone, Africa, Australia, Atmospheric, Chemistry, NCAR

Indian Ocean Ozone Linked to African Lightning

In one of the first studies to trace lightning's chemical impact across thousands of miles, a team at the National Center for Atmospheric Research has connected elevated ozone levels in the eastern Indian Ocean with lightning produced in Africa. The results will be presented December 6 at the American Geophysical Union's fall conference.

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