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UK to boost safety inspections after BP oil spill

June 7, 2010 10:26 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it would increase its inspection of North Sea drilling rigs and monitoring of offshore practices in the light of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

'Psychedelic' maize may help increase crop and biofuel yields

June 7, 2010 10:25 pm | by Science Daily | News | Comments

Scientists have identified new genes in maize which promote carbohydrate export from leaves. These genes are called psychedelic because of the yellow and green streaks they cause in the plant's leaves. Manipulating these genes may increase crop yields and the amount of biofuel that can be...

New Yeast can Ferment More Sugar, Speed Ethanol Production

June 7, 2010 10:25 pm | by Science Daily | News | Comments

Scientists have improved a strain of yeast that can produce more biofuel from cellulosic plant material by fermenting all five types of the plant's sugars.

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No Place To Hide

June 7, 2010 9:24 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( US Department of Homeland Security - Science and Technology ) The US Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate new Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance is as detailed as 50 full-HDTV movies playing at once, with optical detail to spare.

Planes, Trains And Automobiles: Traffic Noise Disturbs Sleep, Affects Morning Performance

June 7, 2010 9:24 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( American Academy of Sleep Medicine ) Mean reaction time on a morning psychomotor vigilance task slowed significantly by 3.6 ms after exposure to recorded traffic noise during sleep, and slowed reactions were directly and significantly related to increases in both the frequency and...

RWJF And Pew Award 6 Grants To Examine The Impact Of Policy On People's Health

June 7, 2010 8:25 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Burness Communications ) The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, today announced more than $1 million in grants to six projects that will conduct health impact assessments at the state and local levels.

U.S. says BP aims to double the oil captured in Gulf

June 7, 2010 5:26 pm | by Reuters | News | Comments

WASHINGTON/VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters) - Energy giant BP Plc seeks to double the amount of oil it captures from its ruptured Gulf of Mexico well, while the U.S. Gulf Coast will be struggling with the environmental mess from the huge spill for years, the Coast Guard said on Monday.

Earth and Moon formed later than previously thought, new research suggests

June 7, 2010 5:24 pm | by Science Daily | News | Comments

Astronomers have theorized that the planet Earth and the Moon were created as the result of a giant collision between two planets the size of Mars and Venus. Until now, the collision was thought to have happened when the solar system was 30 million years old, or approximately 4,537...

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World's Largest Water-Oil Separator

June 7, 2010 1:48 pm | Videos | Comments

BP contractors are using miles of physical separators and a polymer that turns oil into a solid.

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Researchers Develop Cotton-Polymer Filter for Oil Cleanup

June 7, 2010 1:38 pm | News | Comments

A University of Pittsburgh engineering professor has developed a technique for separating oil from water using a filter that blocks oil while allowing water to pass through.

Wireless Sensor Startup Wins UC San Diego $80K Entrepreneur Challenge

June 7, 2010 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( University of California - San Diego ) Wireless sensors that monitor your heart even though they do not actually touch your skin are at the center of UC San Diego electrical engineering PhD student Yu Mike Chi's dissertation. This technology -- and the plan for commercializing it...

Modern Cooling Tower Considerations: Sustainability & Efficiency

June 7, 2010 1:02 pm | Articles | Comments

The use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) in cooling towers can reduce water and chemical usage while increasing the lifespan.

The Relevancy of an Industry – Why Manufacturing is Cool!

June 7, 2010 12:25 pm | by Society of Manufacturing Engineers | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich., June 7, 2010 — American actor and humorist, Will Rogers (1879-1935) said, “A man only learns in two ways, one by reading and the other by association with smarter people.” And so, the SME Education Foundation has polished up its award-winning Manufacturing is Cool...

Purchasing Poison for my Daughter

June 7, 2010 12:15 pm | Blogs | Comments

I’m not trying to off my six-year-old; I’m just one of those consumers that assumes big corporations test their products for safety issues before selling them to the public. My mistake.

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Level Indicator with Non-Contact Sensor

June 7, 2010 11:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The LIT25 level indicating transmitter from Greyline Instruments uses an ultrasonic sensor to accurately measure tank levels.

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