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Trash-Picking Seagulls Poop Hundreds of Tons of Nutrients

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:27:00 EST

At least 1.4 million seagulls feed at landfills across North America, which aside from the nuisance it might pose, is also a threat to the health of nearby waters, a new Duke University study finds.

Human Activity has Polluted European Air for 2000 Years, Study Finds

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:20:00 EST

A new study combining European ice core data and historical records of the infamous Black Death pandemic of 1349-1353 shows metal mining and smelting have polluted the environment for thousands of years, challenging the widespread belief that environmental pollution began with the Industrial Revolution in the 1700s and 1800s.

Handwashing: Cool Water as Effective as Hot for Removing Germs

Tue, 30 May 2017 07:13:00 EST

We all know that washing our hands can keep us from spreading germs and getting sick. But a new Rutgers-New Brunswick study found that cool water removes the same amount of harmful bacteria as hot.“People need to feel comfortable when they are washing their hands but as far as effectiveness, this study shows us that the temperature of the water used didn’t matter,” said Donald Schaffner, distinguished professor and extension specialist in food science.

A Recipe For Concrete That Can Withstand Road Salt Deterioration

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:35:00 EST

Road salt, used in copious helpings each winter to protect them from ice and preserve safe driving conditions, is slowly degrading the concrete they’re made of. Engineers have known for some time that calcium chloride salt, commonly used as deicer, reacts with the calcium hydroxide in concrete to form a chemical byproduct that causes roadways to crumble.

Polluted air can generate power

Mon, 08 May 2017 06:35:00 EST

Researchers from the University of Antwerp and KU Leuven have succeeded in developing a process that purifies air and, at the same time, generates power. The device must only be exposed to light in order to function.

Leaf litter has slower decomposition rate in warm temperatures than previously thought

Mon, 08 May 2017 06:30:00 EST

The time it takes for a leaf to decompose might be the key to understanding how temperature affects ecosystems, according to Kansas State University ecologists. 

Not even the Himalayas are immune to traffic smog

Wed, 03 May 2017 06:41:00 EST

Smog from cars and trucks is an expected health hazard in big cities, but researchers from the University of Cincinnati found pollution from truck exhaust on one of the most remote mountain roads in the world.