Baby teeth link autism and heavy metals, NIH study suggests

Public Release: 1-Jun-2017   NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences   IMAGE: This is a cross-section of tooth showing laser removal of the dentine layer, in tan, for analysis of metal content. Credit: J. Gregory, Mount Sinai Health System Baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients…

Nation’s beekeepers lost 33 percent of bees in 2016-17

Public Release: 25-May-2017 Annual losses improved over last year; winter losses lowest in survey history University of Maryland   IMAGE: This summary chart shows the results of an 11-year annual survey that tracks honey bee colony losses in the United States, spanning 2006-2017. Credit: University of Maryland/Bee Informed Partnership Beekeepers across the United States lost…

Researchers find computer code that Volkswagen used to cheat emissions tests

Public Release: 22-May-2017   International team of researchers uncovered the system inside cars’ onboard computers University of California – San Diego   IMAGE: An international team of researchers uncovered the code that allowed Volkswagen to cheat US and European emissions tests Credit: iStock An international team of researchers has uncovered the mechanism that allowed Volkswagen…

Space weather events linked to human activity

Public Release: 17-May-2017   NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center EurekAlert! Multimedia … Our Cold War history is now offering scientists a chance to better understand the complex space system that surrounds us. Space weather — which can include changes in Earth’s magnetic environment — are usually triggered by the sun’s activity, but recently declassified data on…

Diesel vehicles produce 50 percent more nitrogen oxide than originally thought

Public Release: 15-May-2017   University of York   A study, published in Nature, has shown that laboratory tests of nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel vehicles significantly underestimate the real-world emissions by as much as 50 percent. The research, led by the International Council on Clean Transportation and Environmental Health Analytics, LLC., in collaboration with scientists…

Producing fertilizer from air could be five times as efficient

Public Release: 15-May-2017   Eindhoven University of Technology   IMAGE: This is the Gliding Arc reactor. Credit: Eindhoven University of Technology African farmers who are able to produce their own fertilizer from only air. Bhaskar S. Patil brings this prospect closer with a revolutionary reactor that coverts nitrogen from the atmosphere into NOx, the raw…

Phthalates increase the risk of allergies among children

Public Release: 3-May-2017   Researchers have demonstrated that increased exposure to phthalates during pregnancy and breastfeeding leads to epigenetic modifications in children Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ Phthalates, which are used as plasticizers in plastics, can considerably increase the risk of allergies among children. This was demonstrated by UFZ researchers in conjunction with…

Common pesticide damages honey bee’s ability to fly

Public Release: 26-Apr-2017   Study provides the first evidence that a broadly used pesticide alone can harm bee flight University of California – San Diego Biologists at the University of California San Diego have demonstrated for the first time that a widely used pesticide can significantly impair the ability of otherwise healthy honey bees to…

US streams carry surprisingly extensive mixture of pollutants

Public Release: 12-Apr-2017   American Chemical Society Many U.S. waterways carry a variety of pollutants, but not much is known about the composition or health effects of these chemical combinations. A new in-depth study, however, is providing insight as it shows the mixtures are more complex than expected and contain compounds that could potentially harm…

New tool can help estimate genetically modified pollen spread

Public Release: 10-Apr-2017   University of British Columbia Okanagan campus   Food purists may have cause to celebrate thanks to a recent international study directed by the University of British Columbia. The study, which evaluated the spread of genetically modified (GM) organisms to non-modified crops, has implications from farm to family. “Trying to figure out…