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UH professor named fellow by International Astrobiology Society

( University of Houston) George E. Fox, a John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston, was named a fellow in the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life. Currently, Fox's group is seeking to develop a detailed timeline of major events in ribosome history. His research is supported by the NASA Exobiology program and NASA's Astrobiology Institute Center for Ribosome Adaptation and Evolution at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Water leads to chemical that gunks up biofuels production

( DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps form an impurity which, in turn, slows down key chemical reactions.

New CloudLab will help researchers test new cloud architectures

( University of Massachusetts at Amherst) A $10 million National Science Foundation grant to create CloudLab will be distributed to partner institutions in addition to University of Massachusetts Amherst, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Clemson University, Raytheon BBN Technologies and US Ignite. CloudLab will consist of 5,000 linked cores, or computers, that will be free for research and classroom use and should be up and running by spring 2015.

Beaver complex and July complex wildfires in California

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Beaver complex and July complex fires are seen in this Terra image from August 19, 2014.

Satellite eyes a big influence on Tropical Storm Karina

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Central Pacific Hurricane Center noted that Tropical Storm Karina's next move is based on its interaction with Tropical Storm Lowell.

$14.5 million grant awarded to continue anthrax studies

( Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation) The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation a five-year, $14.5 million grant to continue its research on anthrax and the bacteria's effects on humans. Studies will focus on three areas: parts of the anthrax bacteria that cause inflammation and human pathology of the disease, the anthrax vaccine that is administered to US military personnel, and testing human components that contribute to inflammation accompanying bacterial infections.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Lowell's tough south side

( NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The south side of Tropical Storm Lowell appears to be its toughest side. That is, the side with the strongest thunderstorms, according to satellite imagery from NOAA's GOES-14 and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellites.

Celebrating 100 years of crystallography

( American Chemical Society) To commemorate the 100th anniversary of a revolutionary technique that underpins much of modern science, Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) magazine last week released a special edition on X-ray crystallography -- its past, present and a tantalizing glimpse of its future. C&EN is the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

Turning waste from rice, parsley and other foods into biodegradable plastic

( American Chemical Society) Your chairs, synthetic rugs and plastic bags could one day be made out of cocoa, rice and vegetable waste rather than petroleum, scientists are now reporting. The novel process they developed and their results, which could help the world deal with its agricultural and plastic waste problems, appear in the ACS journal Macromolecules.

The power of salt

( Massachusetts Institute of Technology) An MIT study investigates power generation from the meeting of river water and seawater.


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