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Diversity Outbred mice better predict potential human responses to chemical exposures

A genetically diverse mouse model is able to predict the range of response to chemical exposures that might be observed in human ...

Biodiversity of Plant Cell Culture Collections Offers Valuable Source of Natural Insecticidal and Fungicidal Products

New Rochelle, NY — Screening large cell culture collections containing plant samples obtained from diverse geographic regions, climates, and soil and growing ...

Monash to conduct long-term study of the health of Morwell residents

Monash University has been contracted by the Victorian Department of Health to undertake a comprehensive study of the long-term health of Morwell residents following exposure to the smoke from the Hazelwood coal mine fire. ... Full story

Pilot study reveals new findings about microplastics in wastewater

Bremerhaven / Oldeburg - Treatment plants cannot completely keep microplastics out of wastewater by conventional means. This is one of the results of a pilot study commissioned by the regional water association of Oldenburg and Ostfriesland, Germany (OOWV – Oldenburg-Ostfriesischer Wasserverband) and the Lower Saxony Water Management, Coastal Defence and Nature Conservation Agency (NLWKN - Niedersächsischer Landesbetrieb für Wasserwirtschaft, Küsten- und Naturschutz). The findings will be used to better protect flora and fauna in rivers and seas. ... Full story

Reducing population is no environmental 'quick fix'

New multi-scenario modelling of world human population has concluded that even stringent fertility restrictions or a catastrophic mass mortality would not bring about large enough change this century to solve issues of global sustainability. ... Full story

Drinking water odors, chemicals above health standards caused by 'green building' plumbing

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Several types of plastic pipes in eco-friendly green buildings in the United States have been found to leach chemicals into drinking water that can cause odors and sometimes exist at levels that may exceed health standards. ... Full story

Hand blenders used for cooking can emit persistent chemicals

Eight out of twelve tested models of hand blenders are leaking chlorinated paraffins when used according to the suppliers’ instructions. This is revealed in a report from Stockholm University where researchers analyzed a selection of hand blenders which are available on the Swedish market. Chlorinated paraffins are included in the subject group of persistent organic pollutants which humans and animals should be protected from. ... Full story

Lake Erie increasingly susceptible to large cyanobacteria blooms

ANN ARBOR—Lake Erie has become increasingly susceptible to large blooms of toxin-producing cyanobacteria since 2002, potentially complicating efforts to rein in the problem in the wake of this year's Toledo drinking water crisis, according to a new study led by University of Michigan researchers. ... Full story

Bacteria may be key to feeding nitrogen to plants, reducing harmful fertilizers

BLACKSBURG, Va – Birgit Scharf, assistant professor of biological sciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, is interested in making plants grow and in finding a way to do it without environmentally-disastrous chemically-synthesized inorganic nitrogen fertilizers. ... Full story

Human hands are all over Australia’s hottest ever year

OPINION: 2013 was Australia’s hottest year on record, but how much of that was due to human-caused climate change? ... Full story

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