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Article ID: 695925

Making the Oxygen We Breathe, a Photosynthesis Mechanism Exposed

Georgia Institute of Technology

Oxygen photosynthesis has to be the greatest giver of life on Earth, and researchers have cracked yet another part of its complex and efficient chemistry. The more we know about it, the better we may be able to tweak photosynthesis, if it comes under environmental duress. It's also a great teacher of how to harvest sheer unlimited energy from the sun.

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11-Jun-2018 12:05 PM EDT
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    11-Jun-2018 12:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 695802

Choice Matters: The Environmental Costs of Producing Meat, Seafood

University of Washington

A new study appearing online June 11 in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment considers which food type is more environmentally costly to produce: livestock, farmed seafood or wild-caught fish.

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7-Jun-2018 3:20 PM EDT
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Article ID: 695783

Consumers’ Food Choices Can Help Reduce Greenhouse Emissions Contributing to Climate Change

Tufts University

Changes in diet have been proposed as a way to reduce carbon emissions from the food system. A new study provides the latest and most comprehensive estimate of greenhouse gas emissions generated by U.S. consumer food purchases, and assesses how those choices could affect diet and climate change.

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7-Jun-2018 2:45 PM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 695759

EU Criteria Fall Short of Protecting Public From Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

Endocrine Society

The Endocrine Society expressed continued concerns today that the European Union’s (EU’s) criteria for regulating endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in pesticides and biocides do not go far enough to protect public health.

Released:
7-Jun-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 695741

A Laser That Smells Like a Hound

University of Adelaide

University of Adelaide researchers have created a laser that can “smell” different gases within a sample. Applications for the new device lie not just in environmental monitoring

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6-Jun-2018 11:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 695728

Can a Twitter-Based Reporting Tool Improve Foodborne Illness Tracking?

Washington University in St. Louis

Foodborne illness is a serious and preventable public health problem, affecting one in six Americans and costing an estimated $50 billion annually. As local health departments adopt new tools that monitor Twitter for tweets about food poisoning, a study from Washington University in St. Louis is the first to examine practitioner perceptions of this technology.

Released:
6-Jun-2018 3:30 PM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 695684

Salt Lake’s light rail trains are air quality sleuths

University of Utah

But for the last four years the trains, operated by the Utah Transit Authority, have done even more: They’ve become air-sniffing sleuths, mapping out where and when different pollutants are present along the trains’ route.

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6-Jun-2018 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 695681

New process uses wood scraps to make tape sticky

University of Delaware

A team of chemical engineers has developed a more sustainable way of making tape by using plants. The new process allows for the manufacturing of tape adhesive using a substance paper manufacturers throw away. Their invention performs just as well as at least two commercially available products.

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6-Jun-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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    5-Jun-2018 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 695401

Does Living Near Wind Turbines Negatively Impact Human Health?

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Wind turbines are a source of clean renewable energy, but some people who live nearby describe the shadow flicker, the audible sounds and the subaudible sound pressure levels as “annoying.” They claim this nuisance negatively impacts their quality of life. Researchers in Canada set out to investigate how residential distance from the wind turbines affects people’s health; they report their new analysis in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

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31-May-2018 1:05 PM EDT

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