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Japanese MMX Martian Moon Probe is Unlikely to Bring Back Dangerous Martian Microbes

November 7, 2019

A Japanese research team has assessed the probability that Martian microbes that might have contaminated Mars’ moons would…
Climate Change Increases Risk of Mercury Contamination

October 16, 2019

As global temperatures continue to rise, the thawing of permafrost in Arctic areas is being accelerated and mercury…
Researchers develop a non-invasive test for smoke contamination in vineyards

August 30, 2019

Researchers from the universities of Melbourne and Adelaide have trialled a non-invasive model for detecting smoke contamination in…
How to make a better water filter? Turn it inside out

August 12, 2019

More than 800 million people lack access to clean and safe water. Recent advances in water filtration technology have…
Scientists use honey from beekeepers to trace heavy metal contamination

March 18, 2019

Scientists from Canada and the United States are using honey from neighborhood beekeepers to test for the presence…
Microplastic contamination found in common source of groundwater, researchers report

February 1, 2019

Microplastics contaminate the world’s surface waters, yet scientists have only just begun to explore their presence in groundwater…
New method assesses lead hazard in soil

January 21, 2019

As Milwaukee, Flint, Michigan and other cities grapple with the toxic impact of lead water pipes, another lead-contamination…
Researcher looks to improve water treatment with support from NSF grants

November 27, 2018

Whenever you fill a glass from the tap, the water that comes out is full of hundreds of…
New spheres trick, trap and terminate water contaminant

October 9, 2018

Rice University scientists have developed something akin to the Venus’ flytrap of particles for water remediation. Micron-sized spheres created in…
Algorithm Provides Early Warning System for Tracking Groundwater Contamination

August 13, 2018

Berkeley Lab researchers devise system to monitor contaminant plumes. Groundwater contamination is increasingly recognized as a widespread environmental…
Mat baits, hooks and destroys pollutants in water

March 28, 2018

A polymer mat developed at Rice University has the ability to fish biologically harmful contaminants from water through…
Bacteria Surviving On Musk’s Tesla Are Either A Bio-threat Or A Backup Copy Of Life On Earth

March 1, 2018

A great celebratory eruption accompanied the successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket in early February. That launch…
What Lurks Below NASA’s Chamber A?

October 19, 2017

Hidden beneath Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is an area engineers used to test…
Charcoal could limit uptake of radioactive elements into Marshall Islands food chain

June 29, 2017

   Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have conducted a series of laboratory and field experiments that explore the…
Aquatic rest stops may pose potential hazards for migratory waterfowl

May 3, 2017

Migratory waterfowl around the world travel hundreds to thousands of miles annually, stopping at lakes, ponds and marshes…
New discovery to prevent infections spreading on medical devices

March 22, 2017

Microbiologists from Trinity College Dublin have discovered how to prevent bacteria from growing on medical devices such as hip replacements…
Older oil and gas wells at higher risk of causing groundwater contamination

March 3, 2017

New oil and gas development techniques like horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing have dominated public concern in…
New Report Addresses Limiting Interplanetary Contamination During Human Missions

November 3, 2016

Future astronauts may return to Earth with fragments from the depths of deep space to unlock secrets of…
Fracking Linked to Cancer-Causing Chemicals, New Study Funds

October 26, 2016

An expansive new analysis by Yale School of Public Health researchers confirms that numerous carcinogens involved in the…
Low Levels of Contaminants Found in Great Lakes Tree Swallow Eggs

July 25, 2016

Birds at most study sites in the Great Lakes basin were minimally exposed to most environmental contaminants, with…
New research: Shale gas extraction poses no risk of water supply contamination

May 5, 2016

Shale gas opposition has been describing extraction methods as ecological threat to water supplies. Concerns are raised because…
Researcher finds gold — and other metals — in water

February 18, 2016

Instead of a pan and a pick ax, prospectors of the future might seek gold with a hand-held…
Higher levels of Fukushima cesium detected offshore

December 10, 2015

Scientists monitoring the spread of radiation in the ocean from the Fukushima nuclear accident report finding an increased…
Let the light in

December 2, 2015

An optical sensing apparatus and sensing method that offered better stability and lower cost was developed by Georgia…
An ‘apatite’ for radionuclides

October 20, 2015

Sandia National Laboratories geochemist Mark Rigali and his colleagues are developing and deploying apatite-based technologies to protect groundwater…
Study shows new potential indirect effects of humans on water quality

October 17, 2015

A study shows that a newly studied class of water contaminants that is known to be toxic and…
Radioactive contaminants found in coal ash

September 11, 2015

A new Duke University-led study has revealed the presence of radioactive contaminants in coal ash from all three…
Molting elephant seals add mercury to coastal seawater

September 9, 2015

As fish-eating predators at the top of the marine food chain, elephant seals accumulate high concentrations of mercury…
Researchers Work to Keep US Food Crops Safe

August 28, 2015

Three grants totaling $400,000 will be used to study E. coli contamination of irrigation water for food crops.…
Study: Two major U.S. aquifers contaminated by natural uranium

August 18, 2015

Nearly 2 million people throughout the Great Plains and California live above aquifer sites contaminated with natural uranium…
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