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    Cell phone data coupled with sewage testing show drug use patterns

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The drugs people inhale, inject or ingest ultimately end up in some form down the toilet. So scientists have started monitoring drug use through sewage-based epidemiology. But this approach hasn’t taken into account the variation in number of people who add to wastewater in a given area at a given time. Now one team reports in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology a way to account for commutes and vacations: by tracking cell phone signals. [...]

    More mouths can be fed by boosting number of plant pores

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Environmental studies have shown that 40% of the atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) passes through plant stomata every year. Thus, controlling stomatal development and function is considered as a key for increasing crop plant productivity and water-use e… [...]

    Bats anticipate optimal weather conditions

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Millions of animals fly, swim or walk around the Earth every year. To ensure that they reach their destination, they need to perceive precise changes in environmental conditions and choose the right moment to set off on their journey. Bats, too, are in… [...]

    Team develops gas-sensing technology that could revolutionize environmental and medical diagnostics

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Relying on nanotechnology, scientists from Russia and Germany led by Skoltech research scientist Fedor Fedorov have developed an innovative solution for detecting traces of gas in the air. [...]

    Internal watchdog says EPA mismanaging toxic site cleanups

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Cleanups at some U.S. hazardous waste sites have stopped or slowed down because the Environmental Protection Agency does not manage its Superfund staff effectively to match its workload, an internal government watchdog said Tuesday. [...]

    The godfather of eco-bling: Brando’s Tahitian paradise

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories An exotic island paradise in French Polynesia bought by Marlon Brando in the sixties is using its Hollywood image to tackle environmental issues—with a little help from its jet-set visitors. [...]

    Gulf spill oil dispersants associated with health symptoms in cleanup workers

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Workers who were likely exposed to dispersants while cleaning up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill experienced a range of health symptoms including cough and wheeze, and skin and eye irritation, according to scientists at the National Institutes of … [...]

    The Engine announces investments in first group of startups

    Original @ MIT News – Aeronautical and astronautical engineering New venture launched by MIT will support “tough-tech” companies at work on transformative ideas that take time to commercialize. [...]

    Connecting plants and society: The Shenzhen Declaration, a new roadmap for plant sciences

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Environmental degradation, unsustainable resource use, and biodiversity loss are just a few points in the long list of pertinent issues that call for collaborative solutions from science and society together. [...]

    Production of drop-in fuel from biomass by microbial and electrochemical conversion

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Researchers at Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), the University of Tübingen, Cornell University, and Deutsche Biomasseforschungszentrum (DBFZ) have shown that the combination of microbial and electrochemical conversion of biomass can yield valuable products. For the example of corn beer and corn silage they have gained energy-dense alkanes with diesel-fuel like properties at high carbon and energetic yield. Their work is published in Energy & Environmental Science. [...]