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Removing toxic chemicals from water: New environmentally-friendly method

Researchers have developed a new environmentally friendly method for removing toxic chemicals from water. A newly invented machine, called the Matrix Assembly Cluster Source (MACS), has been used to design a breakthrough water treatment method using a solvent-free approach.

Traffic density, wind and air stratification influence concentrations of air pollutant NO2

(Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)) Traffic density is the most important factor for much the air pollutant nitrogen dioxide (NO2). However, weather also has an influence, according to a study by TROPOS, which evaluated the influence of weather conditions on nitrogen dioxide concentrations in Saxony 2015 to 2018 on behalf of LfULG. It was shown that wind speed and the height of the lowest air layer are the most important factors that determine how much pollutants can accumulate locally.

Geochemistry test can identify osteoporosis earlier than current ‘gold-standard’ test

(Goldschmidt Conference) In a novel collaboration, clinicians and geochemists have developed a test which can show the presence of osteoporosis before it has a noticeable clinical effect on bones. The methods are still being refined, but initial results show that it is more sensitive than the standard DXA osteoporosis scans, and can identify the condition earlier. Researchers are now working to develop the test for routine clinical use.

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The Peer-Review Process Is Bowing To The Mob

Within the scientific community, the peer-review process is widely held to be the gold standard of reliability and veracity, offering readers a degree of confidence lesser papers simply can’t muster. And so last month when The Lancet, one of the…

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Towards a green future: Efficient laser technique can convert cellulose into biofuel

The plant product cellulose is the most abundant form of biomass globally and can be converted into useful products such as biofuels. However, the processing of this biopolymer is cumbersome, owing to its rigid, water-insoluble structure. To overcome this, scientists recently developed a novel laser-based technique that makes cellulose degradation easier. Because this reaction does not require harsh conditions, it can lead to efficient application of cellulose across various industries, especially environmental technology.

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Research sheds new light on the role of sea ice in controlling atmospheric carbon levels

(University of Exeter) A new study has highlighted the crucial role that sea ice across the Southern Ocean played in controlling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during times of past climate change, and could provide a critical resource for developing future climate change models.