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Super-yeast generates ethanol from energy crops and agricultural residues

June 15, 2010 1:27 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

A new type of baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) has been developed which can efficiently ferment pentose sugars, as found in agricultural waste and hardwoods. In a new study, researchers describe the creation of the new S. cerevisiae strain, TMB3130, which demonstrated...

Major Magnet Grant To Advance State-of-the-art In Chemical Analysis

June 15, 2010 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Florida State University ) The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at Florida State University is planning to build a state-of-the-art magnet system that will transform the study of complex environmental and biological samples. A better understanding of fossil and biological...

Hayabusa asteroid mission comes home

June 15, 2010 11:29 am | by Science Daily | Comments

The Hayabusa capsule and bus entered the Earth's atmosphere over Woomera, Australia, on June 13 at 11:21 p.m. local time. From the perspective of NASA's DC-8 airborne observation team, the capsule moved below and slightly ahead of the bus and stayed clear of the spectacular breakup of the...

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Organic Nanoelectronics A Step Closer

June 15, 2010 11:25 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( McGill University ) The team has effectively discovered a way to order the molecules in the PEDOT, the single most industrially important conducting polymer.

IU Professor's New Textbook Uses The Best Science Writing From The New York Times

June 15, 2010 11:25 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Indiana University ) For decades, The New York Times has been one of the nation's premier outlets for stories about science. Now, a retired Indiana University journalism professor has put many of those stories together in a unique collection aimed at students of science writing.

Robot Submarine Patrols Lake Michigan For Climate-change Study

June 15, 2010 11:25 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Purdue University ) Researchers at Purdue University are using a robotic submarine and other specialized tools in Lake Michigan to gather biological and environmental data showing how young fish vital to the ecosystem may cope with future climate change.

WellPoint Taps American Well For Telehealth

June 15, 2010 11:25 am | by InformationWeek | Comments

Online healthcare through video, secure chat, or phone will be available to WellPoint's insurance plan members starting late this year.

Texas Goes to Court Over EPA Pollution Ruling

June 15, 2010 7:44 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Texas asked a federal court on Monday to intervene in its fight with the Environmental Protection Agency over how the state regulates emissions from oil refineries and other petrochemicals plants.

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Small Leak at Chinese Nuclear Plant

June 15, 2010 7:37 am | by MIN LEE, Associated Press Writer | Comments

A nuclear power plant in southern China that supplies electricity to Hong Kong suffered a small radiation leak in one of the reactor's 41,000 fuel rods.

Scientist to Study Gas Nanosensors for Clean Coal Plants

June 15, 2010 7:33 am | Comments

A West Virginia University researcher hopes to create tiny, virtually invisible sensors that could monitor harmful gases in the environment.

NTU Energy Research Center Seals Partnership With Top European Universities At Its Opening

June 15, 2010 7:26 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Nanyang Technological University ) Six top European universities today signed partnership agreements with Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) to do joint research in clean energy at the official opening of the S$200 million ($143.2 million) institute by Mr. S. Iswaran, Senior...

Copper Thieves Disable Water Filtration Plant

June 15, 2010 7:25 am | Comments

Metal thieves who pilfered a large amount of copper wiring from a filtration plant have knocked out water service to thousands in Puerto Rico.

BP Gets OK to Burn Off Oil & Gas at Sea

June 15, 2010 7:01 am | by BRIAN SKOLOFF & RAY HENRY, Associated Press Writers | Comments

Burning oil and gas piped up from its broken seafloor well will help BP fulfill a pledge to more than triple how much crude it stops from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Exxon-Mobil CEO: Spill Should Not Have Happened

June 15, 2010 6:45 am | Comments

The chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp. is telling Congress that the Gulf oil spill wouldn't have happened if BP had properly designed its deepwater well, followed procedures, trained its employees and conducted adequate tests.

Protein Extremes Gain Relevance In Massive Proteomic Studies

June 15, 2010 6:32 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona ) Researchers at University of Ghent, Belgium, and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona develop a new procedure to identify the two extremes of protein molecules and their processing and maturing in in-vivo and ex-vivo massive proteomic studies. The...

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