Increasing diversity and community participation in environmental engineering

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Black, Hispanic, and Native American students and faculty are largely underrepresented in environmental engineering programs in the United States. A pathway for increasing diversity and community participation in the environmental engineering discipline is proposed in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Engineering Science. “As a community, environmental engineering professors must examine all aspects […]

A filter for environmental remediation

IMAGE: Seaweed-like sodium titanate mat for Co2+ removal view more  Credit: Osaka University Osaka, Japan – A team of researchers at Osaka University has developed a nanopowder shaped like seaweed for a water filter to help remove toxic metal ions (Fig. 1). Made of layered sodium titanate, the randomly oriented nanofibers increase the efficacy of cobalt-II […]

Finland’s battery plans spark environmental fears

Finland is the only EU country whose bedrock is known to contain all the major battery minerals—including cobalt and lithium—and the Nordic nation is drawing up plans to exploit these resources in order to become a major industry player Lines of trucks carrying piles of rock crisscross Finland’s rugged Terrafame mine, which sits 300km (186 […]

New software for fast and easy analysis of environmental microbes

The two lead authors share a passion for bioinformatics and symbiotic critters in marine sands. Here, they are searching for small worms under the microscope at Carrie Bow Cay Field Station in Belize. Credit: Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology Microbiologists traditionally determine which organisms they are dealing with using the small subunit ribosomal RNA […]

New software for fast and easy analysis of environmental microbes — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen are developing a user-friendly method to reconstruct and analyze SSU rRNA from raw metagenome data. First the background: Microbiologists traditionally determine which organisms they are dealing with using the small subunit ribosomal RNA or in short SSU rRNA gene. This marker gene allows to […]

One of the country’s top environmental officials has been serving illegally

Senator Jon Tester on Minnesota (left) has introduced a bill to block William Perry Pendley (right) from resuming his post at the Bureau of Land Management. (Bureau of Land Management/) This story originally featured on Outdoor Life. Montana US Senator Jon Tester introduced legislation this week that ratchets up the stakes against William Perry Pendley, […]

Environmental change may have helped make early humans more adaptable

An unforgiving environmental twist deserves at least some credit for the behavioral flexibility that has characterized the human species since our African origins around 300,000 years ago, a new study suggests. For hundreds of thousands of years in parts of East Africa, food and water supplies remained fairly stable. But new evidence shows that starting […]

Does classroom indoor environmental quality affect teaching and learning?

IMAGE: A new study published in Indoor Air indeicates that indoor environmental quality can affect short-term students’ academic performance, with a preference for a relatively cool, bright, and quiet environment and… view more  Credit: H.W. Brink What impact does a classroom’s indoor environment have on teaching, learning, and students’ academic achievement in colleges and universities? This […]