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    Materials emitted by a water pipe repair method may pose health risks, new safeguards and research needed

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories New research is calling for immediate safeguards and the study of a widely used method for repairing sewer, stormwater and drinking water pipes to understand the potential health and environmental concerns for workers and the public. [...]

    Monitoring metabolic energy expenditure, health, and fitness with a breath analyzer

    Original @ MIT News – Bioengineering and biotechnology Simple-to-use, low-cost respiratory sensor enables measurement and tracking of personal metabolism. [...]

    VW and regulators agree on fix for cars in cheating scandal

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Volkswagen and U.S. environmental regulators announced agreement Thursday on a plan for the German automaker to fix most of the diesel cars involved in an emissions cheating scandal. [...]

    Effects of soil and drainage on the savanna vegetation in the northern Brazilian Amazonia

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories It is a well-known fact that environmental factors such as soil texture and drainage determine to a very large degree the vegetation appearance, richness and composition at any site. However, there has been little research on how these variables influence the flora in the marvellous savannas—large open areas characterised by a complex and unique network of natural resources and life forms. [...]

    Crops that kill pests by shutting off their genes

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Plants are among many eukaryotes that can “turn off” one or more of their genes by using a process called RNA interference to block protein translation. Researchers are now weaponizing this by engineering crops to produce specific RNA fragments that, u… [...]

    Negative birth outcomes linked to air pollution exposure early in pregnancy, study finds

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Exposure to air pollution early in a pregnancy could increase risk for preterm birth and low birth weight, according to a study led by researchers at NYU School of Medicine, and published on July 27 in Environmental Health Perspectives. [...]

    World gears up for electric cars despite bumps in road

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Technological advances mean fossil fuel in cars could be phased out within decades but switching to electric carries its own environmental and economic concerns as more and more countries announce radical plans. [...]

    Research at Lake Baikal—for the protection of a unique ecosystem

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Lake Baikal, with its exceptional species diversity and unique wildlife, is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. As part of the Helmholtz Russia Research Group LaBeglo, UFZ researchers are studying the impact of climate change and environmental toxins… [...]

    EPA chief pledges to streamline Superfund pollution cleanups

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories President Donald Trump’s environmental chief issued a list of directives on Tuesday he says will revitalize the federal program that cleans up hazardous waste sites. [...]

    EPA chief pledges to streamline Superfund pollution cleanups

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories President Donald Trump’s environmental chief issued a list of directives on Tuesday he says will revitalize the federal program that cleans up hazardous waste sites. [...]