Engineers Envision Cheaper Algae Oil Production

Compared to soybeans that produce 50 gallons of oil an acre a year, some algae can average 6,000 gallons - but it's not cheap to produce. Two Kansas State University engineers are assessing systematic production methods that could lower the costs of algae oil production. They plan to grow algae in the ocean on very large, supporting platforms.

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Robotic Fish Can Swim, Maneuver, and Monitor Water Quality

Michigan State University researchers are developing robots that use advanced materials to swim like fish and gather precise data on aquatic conditions. The robotic fish will carry sensors recording things like temperature, dissolved oxygen, pollutants, and harmful algae.

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Detecting Airborne Mercury by Use of Polymer/Carbon Films

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has introduced another method for detecting airborne elemental mercury. When films made of certain polymer/carbon composites are exposed to air containing mercury vapor, their electrical resistances decrease by measurable amounts. The films can be operated and regenerated at mild temperatures.

Posted in: Pollution, Briefs, Briefs, Environmental Monitoring


Permeable Pavement and Reducing Water Runoff

Paved parking lots and driveways often create an easy pathway for pollutants to reach underground water sources and change the natural flow of water back into the ground. Today, EPA announced a study that will investigate ways to reduce pollution that can run off paved surfaces and improve how water filters back into the ground.

Posted in: Climate, Pollution, News, News, Remediation Technologies


"Earth Binoculars" Sense Disasters From Space

New Tel Aviv University technology combines sophisticated sensors in orbit with sensors on the ground and in the air to create a “Hyperspectral Remote Sensor” (HRS). HRS can give advance warnings about water contamination after a forest fire, or swiftly alert authorities of a pollution spill.

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Optical Dipstick Assesses Soil and Overall Planet Health

A new Tel Aviv University invention - a real-time "Optical Soil Dipstick" (OSD) - provides a new diagnostic tool for assessing the health of the planet. Professor Eyal Ben-Dor, of TAU's Department of Geography, says his soil dipstick will help scientists, urban planners, and farmers understand the changing health of the soil.

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Sequenced Genome Could Enable More Efficient Biofuel Production

A strain of yeast, which thrives on turning sugar cane and other tough grasses into ethanol and might be used as biofuel, has had its genome completely sequenced by researchers at Duke University Medical Center.

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