How do we turn oil into plastic?

“Only we humans make waste that nature can’t digest.” Those are the words of oceanographer Capt. Charles Moore, who discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 1997. And, of course, he’s talking about plastic. Most people reading this will probably have something made of plastic within their line of sight. This material is ubiquitous: we’re […]

The liverwort oil body is formed by redirection of the secretory pathway

Cells, the basic unit of life, are surrounded by a limiting membrane called the plasma membrane. Inside cells, there are various membrane-bounded organelles, each of which has various and distinctive functions. How these organelles, which individually boast different functions, have been developed during evolution remains unknown. This phenomenon has fascinated many researchers. In the study […]

The liverwort oil body is formed by redirection of the secretory pathway

An oil body in a cell of the liverwort, Marchantia polymorpha. Credit: NIBB Cells, the basic unit of life, are surrounded by a limiting membrane called the plasma membrane. Inside cells, there are various membrane-bounded organelles, each of which has various and distinctive functions. How these organelles, which individually boast different functions, have been developed […]

Red Sea oil tanker 4 times as big as Exxon Valdez could spill any day now

A mammoth oil tanker is decaying into the Red Sea, threatening the water supply of millions of people and the world’s most resilient coral reef. Known as the Safer, the vessel is 1,188 feet (362 meters) long and holds 1 million barrels (42 million gallons or 159 million liters) of oil in its 34 storage […]

Bahamas is set to start offshore oil drilling just 150 miles off South Florida

Florida’s waters may be protected from offshore drilling but the Bahamas plans to start looking for oil in less than a month at an exploratory well just 150 miles off the coast of the Sunshine State. Bahamas Petroleum Company, or BPC, said in a regulatory filing last week that it contracted the UK-registered Stena IceMAX […]

Russian oil giant announces start of vast Arctic project

The Vostok project, the cornerstone of Russia’s Arctic ambitions, brings together several Rosneft activities in the Russian Far North. Russian oil giant Rosneft on Wednesday announced the start of operations for its giant Vostok oil project in the Arctic, part of the country’s strategic energy plan which has been criticised by environmentalists. “It is with […]

Omega-3 fatty acids vs corn oil, major adverse cardiovascular events in patients at high risk

What The Study Did: This randomized trial examines the effects on cardiovascular outcomes of a carboxylic acid formulation of EPA and DHA (omega-3 CA) with documented favorable effects on lipid and inflammatory markers in patients with atherogenic dyslipidemia and high cardiovascular risk. Authors: Steven E. Nissen, M.D.,of the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute in Cleveland, […]