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  • April 3, 2017
  • 10:00 AM

"Science is Under Attack." A Climate Scientist's Call to Action for the Future of our Planet.

by EE Giorgi in CHIMERAS

It’s a foggy morning in London. Meteorologist George Simpson, the director of the British Meteorological Office, sips his tea and opens a paper authored by a scientist named Guy Stewart Callendar. The last sentence of the abstract reads, “The temperature observations at 200 meteorological stations are used to show that world temperatures have actually increased at an average rate of 0.005°C per year during the past half century.”Simpson shakes his head and thinks, “Nonsense. It’s all ........ Read more »

  • February 25, 2016
  • 04:05 PM

Grow, coral, grow!

by dominicwhite in Two Degrees or Under

I was just reading this fascinating article published online yesterday in Nature, called “Reversal of ocean acidification enhances net coral reef calcification“. The study is investigating what effect ocean acidification is having on reefs, a tricky problem as other confounding...... Read more »

Albright, R., Caldeira, L., Hosfelt, J., Kwiatkowski, L., Maclaren, J., Mason, B., Nebuchina, Y., Ninokawa, A., Pongratz, J., Ricke, K.... (2016) Reversal of ocean acidification enhances net coral reef calcification. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/nature17155  

  • May 11, 2015
  • 01:21 PM

Microbial nitrogen transformation in constructed wetlands

by Ruth Garcia de la Calle in ADVOCATE Marie Curie Network

Microbial nitrogen transformation in constructed wetlands for the treatment of contaminated groundwater... Read more »

Coban, O., Kuschk, P., Kappelmeyer, U., Spott, O., Martienssen, M., Jetten, M., & Knoeller, K. (2015) Nitrogen transforming community in a horizontal subsurface-flow constructed wetland. Water Research, 203-212. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2015.02.018  

  • April 17, 2015
  • 01:27 PM

Electricity generation from pollution? Yes, it is possible !

by Ruth Garcia de la Calle in ADVOCATE Marie Curie Network

how bacteria batteries work and the role they play in contaminated groundwater remediation. ... Read more »

  • April 17, 2015
  • 01:25 PM

On the trail of nitrogen to quantify N removal from contaminated aquifers

by Ruth Garcia de la Calle in ADVOCATE Marie Curie Network

Naomi Wells is working on developing better ways of measuring where water pollution comes from, and how long it’s going to stick around for. She uses light stable isotopes to improve the understanding of the fate and transport of key nutrients across biomes, landscapes, and scales.... Read more »

  • March 13, 2015
  • 03:20 AM

How photosynthesis is inspiring solar power research

by GrrlScientist in Maniraptora

SUMMARY: To meet humanity’s growing energy demands, scientists are taking lessons from plants, which perfected the process of capturing the sun’s rays and transforming that into starch. Might scientists be able to adapt the photosynthetic process pioneered by plants and adapt it to meet human demands? ... Read more »

Barber James. (2007) Biological solar energy. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 1007-1023. DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2006.1962  

Porter G. (1966) Studies of Triplet Chlorophyll by Microbeam Flash Photolysis. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 295(1440), 1-12. DOI:  

Porter G. (1978) The Bakerian Lecture, 1977: In Vitro Models for Photosynthesis. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 362(1710), 281-303. DOI:  

Cogdell R. J., P. I. Molina, & L. Cronin. (2013) The use and misuse of photosynthesis in the quest for novel methods to harness solar energy to make fuel. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 371(1996), 20110603-20110603. DOI:  

  • January 27, 2015
  • 11:12 AM

The importance of protecting aquifers from contaminated plumes

by Ruth Garcia de la Calle in ADVOCATE Marie Curie Network

This post shows us an overview how Permeable Reactive Barriers (PRBs) for in situ sustainable groundwater remediation might be used as low cost alternative to clean up the groundwater... Read more »

  • December 19, 2014
  • 12:05 PM

The Chemistry of Christmas

by Melissa Chernick in Science Storiented

What are the sights, the sounds, the smells, and the textures that you associate with Christmas? Perhaps it is Christmas trees with their lovely green shape, color and wonderful pine smell. Maybe it’s the smells of cooking, the savory smells of turkey or the sweet smell of warm cookies. Or what about all of the cozy feelings you get with big sweaters or a roaring fire? Did you know that there is a lot of chemistry that goes into all of the senses we associate with this holiday?I was browsing t........ Read more »

Jackson, D., & Dicks, A. (2012) The Five Senses of Christmas Chemistry. Journal of Chemical Education, 89(10), 1267-1273. DOI: 10.1021/ed300231z  

  • October 29, 2014
  • 06:40 PM

Electron Paramagnetic Resonance of hair!

by mrsitandspin in Sit and Spin

I wanted to switch gears a bit and do a paper on Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), also know as Electron Spin Resonance (ESR). The paper for this weeks is

Electron spin resonance (ESR/EPR) of free radicals observed in human red hair: a new, simple empirical method of determination of pheomelanin/eumelanin ratio in hair.


Chikvaidze EN, Partskhaladze TM and Gogoladze TV... Read more »

  • June 27, 2014
  • 04:03 PM

Constructed Wetlands: A promising system

by Ruth Garcia de la Calle in ADVOCATE Marie Curie Network

Pathways of ammonium (NH4+) removal using the stable isotope approach in constructed wetlands (CWs)... Read more »

  • May 29, 2014
  • 12:47 PM

New Fuel Cell Could Eliminate Waste at Biodiesel Plants

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A new fuel-cell concept, developed by a Michigan State University researcher, will allow biodiesel plants to eliminate the creation of hazardous wastes while removing their dependence on fossil fuel from their production process.... Read more »

  • May 20, 2014
  • 10:35 AM

Smart Coatings to Help Clean Up Oil Spills

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

In the wake of recent off-shore oil spills, and with the growing popularity of “fracking”—in which water is used to release oil and gas from shale—there’s a need for easy, quick ways to separate oil and water. Now, scientists have developed coatings that can do just that.... Read more »

  • January 9, 2014
  • 02:27 PM

Stimulating bacterial growth to enhance natural biodegradation processes - a low cost treatment option for environmental pollutant removal

by Ruth Garcia de la Calle in ADVOCATE Marie Curie Network

The evaluation of the dechlorination reaction occurring at an aquifer contaminated with TCE and its daughter products, discharging into the Zenne River, Belgium... Read more »

Schneidewind, U., Haest, P., Atashgahi, S., Maphosa, F., Hamonts, K., Maesen, M., Calderer, M., Seuntjens, P., Smidt, H., Springael, D.... (2014) Kinetics of dechlorination by Dehalococcoides mccartyi using different carbon sources. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 25-36. DOI: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2013.10.006  

  • August 19, 2013
  • 11:17 AM

Finding a friendly environmental technology providing effective and low-cost treatment for soils contaminated by PAHs. Part (I)

by Ruth Garcia de la Calle in ADVOCATE Marie Curie Network

A brief description about less conventional and more efficent technologies of soil cleanup... Read more »

Rivas FJ, García R, García-Araya JF, & Gimeno O. (2008) Promoted wet air oxidation of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons. Journal of hazardous materials, 153(1-2), 792-8. PMID: 17945415  

  • August 19, 2013
  • 10:32 AM

‘One-Pot’ Switchgrass Pretreatment and Saccharification Process Demonstrated

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

The advantages of the “one-stop” shop have long been recognized in the retailing and services industries. Similar advantages would also be realized for the biofuels industry with the development of a “one-pot” processing system in which sugars could be extracted from biomass and turned into fuels in a single vat. A major step forward in this goal has now been achieved by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) who repo........ Read more »

Jian Shi, John M. Gladden, Noppadon Sathitsuksanoh, Pavan Kambam, Lucas Sandoval, Debjani Mitra, Sonny Zhang, Anthe George, Steven W. Singer, Blake A. Simmonsab, Seema Singh. (2013) One-pot ionic liquid pretreatment and saccharification of switchgrass. Green Chemistry. DOI: 10.1039/c3gc40545a  

  • July 22, 2013
  • 01:16 PM

Efficient Thermoelectric Cell for Waste Heat Recovery Developed

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

A team of researchers at the Monash University under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Center of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) has developed an ionic liquid-based thermoelectrochemical cell that converts heat (temperature differences) directly into electrical energy.... Read more »

  • June 24, 2013
  • 12:29 PM

Researchers Construct an ‘Antenna’ for Artificial Photosynthesis

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers at Chalmers have found an effective solution for collecting sunlight for artificial photosynthesis. By combining self-assembling DNA molecules with simple dye molecules, the researchers have created a system that resembles nature’s own antenna system.... Read more »

Woller, J., Hannestad, J., & Albinsson, B. (2013) Self-Assembled Nanoscale DNA–Porphyrin Complex for Artificial Light Harvesting. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135(7), 2759-2768. DOI: 10.1021/ja311828v  

  • May 21, 2013
  • 03:23 PM

Berkeley Lab Builds ‘Artificial Forest’ to Harvest Solar Energy

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Devices for artificial photosynthesis are often called “artificial leaves”. This leaves, however, are of no use unless you can create an “artificial forest” from them. Now, scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have reported the first fully integrated nanosystem for artificial photosynthesis.... Read more »

  • April 9, 2013
  • 05:11 PM

Scientists Found a Way to Get More Sugar from Biomass

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with support from the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) have found a way to significantly increase the catalytic of enzyme cocktails. This advancement will allow to get more sugar out of biomass, therefore making biofuel production much more efficient.... Read more »

Fox, J., Jess, P., Jambusaria, R., Moo, G., Liphardt, J., Clark, D., & Blanch, H. (2013) A single-molecule analysis reveals morphological targets for cellulase synergy. Nature Chemical Biology. DOI: 10.1038/nchembio.1227  

  • January 21, 2013
  • 06:59 PM

Flying bacteria: the chemists of the clouds

by sedeer in Inspiring Science

A while ago I wrote about how bacteria make their way into clouds, where they act as seeds around which …Continue reading »... Read more »

Vaitilingom, M., Deguillaume, L., Vinatier, V., Sancelme, M., Amato, P., Chaumerliac, N., & Delort, A. (2012) Potential impact of microbial activity on the oxidant capacity and organic carbon budget in clouds. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(2), 559-564. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1205743110  

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