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Monday, October 20, 2014

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News

ScienceDaily: Top Environment News

Imaging electric charge propagating along microbial nanowires

Posted: 19 Oct 2014 12:18 PM PDT

Physicists report that they've used a new imaging technique, electrostatic force microscopy, to resolve the biological debate with evidence from physics, showing that electric charges do indeed propagate along microbial nanowires just as they do in carbon nanotubes, a highly conductive human-made material.

Improved electricity access has little impact on climate change

Posted: 19 Oct 2014 12:17 PM PDT

Expanding access to household electricity services accounts for only a small portion of total emission growth, shows a new study, shedding light on an ongoing debate on potential conflicts between climate and development.

Major breakthrough could help detoxify pollutants

Posted: 19 Oct 2014 12:15 PM PDT

A major breakthrough could lead to more effective methods for detoxifying dangerous pollutants like PCBs and dioxins, scientists say. The result is a culmination of 15 years of research. It details how certain organisms manage to lower the toxicity of pollutants. 

Mutation associated with cleft palate in humans, dogs identified

Posted: 19 Oct 2014 06:46 AM PDT

Scientists studying birth defects in humans and purebred dogs have identified an association between cleft lip and cleft palate -- conditions that occur when the lip and mouth fail to form properly during pregnancy -- and a mutation in the ADAMTS20 gene.

Asbestos likely more widespread than previously thought

Posted: 19 Oct 2014 06:45 AM PDT

Naturally occurring asbestos minerals may be more widespread than previously thought, with newly discovered sources now identified within the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The asbestos-rich areas are in locations not previously considered to be at risk, according to a new report. "These minerals were found where one wouldn't expect or think to look," said a co-researcher of the study. The naturally occurring asbestos was found in Boulder City, Nevada, in the path of a construction zone to build a multi-million dollar highway.

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