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In the Seattle lab, the team cultured 36 species of marine microbes and then tested their ability to produce sulfonates. Each phytoplankton type has its own unique set of pigments that absorb and reflect different wavelengths of light, creating the range of colors in the test tubes. Image credit: Bryndan Durham/University of Washington
New study tracks sulfur-based metabolism in the open ocean

September 5, 2019

One of the planet’s most active ecosystems is one most people rarely encounter and scientists are only starting…
SOFIA Follows the Sulfur for Clues on Stellar Evolution

April 11, 2019

The high-flying SOFIA telescope is shedding light on where some of the basic building blocks for life may…
Scientists discover a better way to make plastics out of sulfur

February 12, 2019

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered a new process to make polymers out of sulfur which…
Fossil gas is as bad for the climate as diesel, petrol and marine fuel – report

October 24, 2018

Using natural gas for transport is as bad for the climate as using petrol, diesel or conventional marine…
Sulfur analysis supports timing of oxygen’s appearance

July 24, 2018

Scientists have long thought oxygen appeared in Earth’s lower atmosphere 2.7 billion years ago, making life as we…
Microbes with a reserve pack of sulfur

May 7, 2018

SUP05 bacteria are often found in places where there is really no basis for life for them. Researchers…
Making Polymer Chemistry ‘Click’

July 27, 2017

A team of researchers has developed a faster and easier way to make sulfur-containing polymers that will lower…
A new, gel-like coating beefs up the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries

March 21, 2017

Yale scientists have developed an ultra-thin coating material that has the potential to extend the life and improve…
Ocean bacteria are programmed to alter climate gases

May 18, 2016

SAR11, the most abundant plankton in the world’s oceans, are pumping out massive amounts of two sulfur gases…
Iceland volcano’s eruption shows how sulfur particles influence clouds

December 10, 2015

It has long been suspected that sulfur emissions can brighten clouds. Water droplets tend to clump around particles…
Decade-long volcanic eruptions may not have caused global extinctions

November 25, 2015

The climatic and environmental effects of lava flows and sulfur emissions that lasted for years or decades in…
U.S. East Coast distillate fuel oil inventories higher than in recent years

September 28, 2015

Inventories of distillate fuel oil in the U.S. East Coast are higher now than they have been in…
‘Yellow chemistry’ turns sulfur waste into plastics

August 18, 2015

While many scientists are hard at work on “green chemistry” projects that will benefit the environment, there are…
Deep sulfur cycle involving atmosphere, ocean and mantle

March 4, 2015

Graduate student Takanori Kagoshima and Professor Yuji Sano at the University of Tokyo’s Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute…
Researchers unravel the elusive source of sulfur in an antibiotic

January 16, 2015

A team of researchers working at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai has for the first time…
Unexpected Findings Change the Picture of Sulfur on the Early Earth

November 10, 2014

Scientists believe that until about 2.4 billion years ago there was little oxygen in the atmosphere—an idea that…
Modeling sulfur in the Archean atmosphere

September 4, 2014

Artist impression of Earth during the Archean eon. Image Credit: Peter Sawyer / Smithsonian Institution A new study supported by…
Sulfur fluoride exchange—a powerful new reaction for click chemistry

September 2, 2014

The coupling of molecular building blocks nearly as easy as “snapping” them together can be realized by means…
Chemists seek state-of-the-art lithium-sulfur batteries

July 4, 2014

When can we expect to drive the length of Germany in an electric car without having to top…
Better thermal-imaging lens from waste sulfur

April 18, 2014

A University of Arizona-led research team has discovered a simple process for making a new lightweight plastic from…
Better batteries from waste sulfur

April 15, 2013

A new chemical process can transform waste sulfur into a lightweight plastic that may improve batteries for electric…
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