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Cosmetic and cleaning products contain millions of plastic particles

Cosmetic and cleaning products contain millions of plastic particles

Everyday cosmetic and cleaning products contain huge quantities of plastic particles, which are released to the environment and could be harmful to marine life, according to a new study. [More]
JRC foresight report on global food security

JRC foresight report on global food security

Long considered in relation to malnutrition and humanitarian aid, food security policy should be moving towards a much broader landscape and focusing on regular access to food for a population nearing nine billion towards 2030-2050, while addressing food insecurity for a fraction of communities, according to a JRC foresight report. [More]

Marken signs agreement with OnAsset for use of advanced GPS tracking device on drug shipments

Marken, the leading clinical logistics organization (CLO), has entered into an exclusive agreement with OnAsset Intelligence Inc. for use of their most advanced GPS tracking device on key shipments. The device will significantly improve Marken's real-time, track and trace capability through custom-designed software. [More]
Passionate kissing not the norm in most cultures, research finds

Passionate kissing not the norm in most cultures, research finds

For generations, passionate kisses immortalized in movies, songs and the arts have served as a thermometer of romantic affection. [More]

New book reviews up-to-date accounts promoting energy access in remote villages

Opinion pieces from experts tackling the idea of energy as a catalyst for sustainable development - health, food security, education gender equality, governance, security and employment. [More]
Teen scientist finds solution to tackle water quality issues

Teen scientist finds solution to tackle water quality issues

For some of us it was an exciting time of creative experimentation. For others it was a time of botched and badly displayed data. For 16-year-old Maria Elena Grimmett, it's a blast. And she isn't peddling baking soda and vinegar volcanoes. Grimmett is tackling serious water quality issues that threaten the health of rivers, streams and groundwater. When she was just 14 years old, Grimmett was the youngest person published in the Journal of Environmental Quality. [More]

Sole-source LEDs can be used as effective production strategy for annual seedlings

In northern latitudes, producers of bedding plants depend on supplemental lighting during the late winter and early spring growing seasons. Unfortunately, these peak times for young plant production are also the darkest. Researchers have determined that a minimum amount of photosynthetic light (daily light integral; DLI) is necessary to produce high-quality young plants in greenhouses. In northern latitudes, though, the average greenhouse photosynthetic DLI can fall far short of optimal levels, resulting in delayed production and poor quality plants. [More]

New study suggests salt-tolerant vegetable seedlings for coastal area production

Crop production in coastal areas is threatened by seawater intrusion, which increases soil salinity. Excessive salinity in soil and irrigation water, in combination with waterlogging, can significantly affect the growth and quality for agricultural crops, especially those vegetables that are sensitive to salinity. [More]
Using physical processes to treat ships' ballast water can prevent spread of harmful organisms into local environment

Using physical processes to treat ships' ballast water can prevent spread of harmful organisms into local environment

Untreated ballast water discharge from ships can spread living organisms and even pathogens across the world thereby introducing non-native or invasive species into the local environment. Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München therefore recommend using physical treatment processes such as filtration rather than electrochemical disinfection, which creates countless potentially toxic compounds. [More]
Study shows how genetic changes lead to differences in form and function of species

Study shows how genetic changes lead to differences in form and function of species

Ten thousand years ago, a golden grain got naked, brought people together and grew to become one of the top agricultural commodities on the planet. [More]
Study: New material that mimics coral could help remove toxic heavy metals from the ocean

Study: New material that mimics coral could help remove toxic heavy metals from the ocean

A new material that mimics coral could help remove toxic heavy metals like mercury from the ocean, according to a new study published in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. The researchers, from Anhui Jianzhu University in China, say their new material could provide inspiration for other approaches to removing pollutants. [More]

BGU-UWA researchers develop new process to produce graphene for use in energy storage

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and University of Western Australia researchers have developed a new process to develop few-layer graphene for use in energy storage and other material applications that is faster, potentially scalable and surmounts some of the current graphene production limitations. [More]

DHS Science and Technology Directorate announces $2.9 million cybersecurity MAS R&D award

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today announced a $2.9 million cybersecurity mobile app security (MAS) research and development (R&D) award that will help identify mobile app vulnerabilities. The Northern Virginia-based small business, Kryptowire, was awarded a 30-month contract through S&T's Long Range Broad Agency Announcement. [More]

People who grow up in working class family happier than people from higher class background

People who grew up in a working class family are more satisfied in later life than those from a higher class background according to new research from The University of Manchester. [More]
Zinc coating of galvanized steel pipes can be long-term source of lead in water

Zinc coating of galvanized steel pipes can be long-term source of lead in water

When unsafe levels of lead are found in drinking water, the culprit has typically been lead pipes or lead-containing brass and bronze fittings, but in a new study researchers clearly show that lead present in the zinc coating of galvanized steel pipes can be a very significant long-term source of lead in water. [More]

Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association's President & CEO receives FSAE's Executive of the Year award

Last Friday, Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association's President & CEO, Paul Ledford, received the Florida Society of Association Executives "Executive of the Year for 2015" in front of over 400 of his peers. FSAE is a 1000+ member organization of association professionals and vendors that support the association world and profession. [More]

New study analyzes impact of short-lived air pollutant, greenhouse gas reductions on carbon budgets

Limiting warming to any level requires CO2 emissions to be kept to within a certain limit known as a carbon budget. Can reducing shorter-lived climate forcers influence the size of this budget? A new IIASA study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters analyzes the impact of short-lived air pollutant and greenhouse gas reductions on carbon budgets compatible with the 2°C climate target. [More]

Research suggests chlorofluorocarbons are the main culprits behind climate change

The view that human activities are likely responsible for most of the observed increase in global mean temperature ("global warming") since the mid-20th century is probably a correct reflection of current scientific thought. However, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), not carbon dioxide (CO2), are most likely to be the major driver of climate change, according to a forthcoming book authored by Professor Qing-Bin LU, a physicist in the University of Waterloo, Canada. [More]
Proof-of-concept addresses ongoing controversy regarding presence of oil at the bottom of Gulf of Mexico

Proof-of-concept addresses ongoing controversy regarding presence of oil at the bottom of Gulf of Mexico

A first of its kind study that modeled oil slick weathering over time in a laboratory setting provides evidence that evaporation combined with sinking of the heavy components of surface-spill slicks can explain the presence of oil on the sea floor. [More]

Swimming Federation of India to organize 32nd Sub Junior and 42nd Junior Glenmark National Aquatic Championships

Swimming Federation of India, the governing body of swimming in the country, announced the 32nd Sub Junior and 42nd Junior Glenmark National Aquatic Championships - 2015. The championships will be organized at the state-of-the-art swimming facility at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, Pune from 13th to 19th July, 2015. [More]
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