Rice University, Swansea University: Silica Makes
Titanium Dioxide A Powerful Disinfectant
For Water Supplies and Other Uses.
Huma R. Jafry, Michael V. Liga, Qilin Li, Andrew R. Barron.
“Simple Route to Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity of P25
Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles by Silica Addition.”
Environmental Science & Technology, 2010; 101231104927031
Clemson University, DOE SNRL: Newly Patented Microbes
Remediate Chlorinated Volatile Organic Compounds.
U.S. DOE’s Savannah River National Laboratory and Clemson
patented a group of naturally occurring microbes: MicroCED,
for “microbiological-based chlorinated ethene destruction.”
Originally found feeding on volatile organic compounds near
the Savannah River Site, the microbes were put to the test
in a Savannah demonstration project beginning in 2011.
Low Temperature Plasma Gas Flows Can Eradicate
Antibiotic-Resistant Biofilms and Bacteria in Wounds.
S. Ermolaeva, A. Varfolomeev, M. Chernukha, et alia.
“Bactericidal effects of nonthermal argon plasma in vitro,
in biofilms and in the animal model of infected wounds.”
Journal of Medical Microbiology, 60 (2011), 75-83.
Virginia Tech: High Lead Levels in Brand New
Buildings Despite Compliant Brass Fittings.
And You Thought Only Old Buildings Have Lead in the Water. Wrong!
Researchers have found through extensive research that compliance
with regulatory lead levels is actually impossible to guarantee.
Brand new NSF Intl 61 Std. compliant brass devices, from ball
valves to faucets, (including a water fountain with lead levels
above 300 ppb) raised lead levels to dangerous extremes, fast.
C. Elfland, P. Scardina, M. Edwards.
“Lead-contaminated water from brass plumbing devices in new buildings.”
e-Journal AWWA, Volume 102, Issue 11, Nov. 2010
Stanford University: Carbon Sequestration Likely
to Induce Seismicity and Damage Reservoirs.
Stanford geophysicist Mark Zoback questions the real
potential for Carbon Sequestration. He points out that
there are not very many places where carbon sequestration
would not damage reservoirs, property and lives.
Norway: Most Mature CO2 Capture Process Yields Nitrosamines,
the Carcinogens Which Made Us Fear Bacon, and Tobacco Even More.
As one of the issues which caused the Norwegian government to delay
decisions on the complex Mongstad Carbon Capture and Storage project
at Mongstad, nitrosamines are one of the additional unknowns and
potential dangers of the CCS process. The Norwegian government and
Statoil and believe that the exposure risks significant enough that
they want to look at new, different technologies, postponing final
decisions until 2014 over warnings from SINTEF. South African fuel
and chemical company Sasol joined the Mongstad project in 2010.
The Iceland–Faroe Ridge Effect On Climate Explains
Mid-Pliocene Large Scale High Latitude Sea Surface Warming
That Previous Ocean–Atmosphere Model (HadCM3) Has Not.
M.M. Robinson, P.J. Valdes, A.M. Haywood Et Alia.
“Bathymetric controls on Pliocene North Atlantic and Arctic
sea surface temperature and deepwater production.”
Palaeogeog., Palaeoclim., Palaeoecol., In Press, Online 1/15/2011.