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This is how green algae assemble their enzymes 27.3.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
For almost a decade, researchers from Bochum have been developing biotechnological methods for hydrogen production. Green algae might be the key.Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum have analysed how green algae manufacture complex components of a hydrogen-producing enzyme. The enzyme, known as the hydrogenase, may be relevant for the biotechnological production of hydrogen.To date, little is known about the way organisms form this type of hydrogenases under natural conditions. Using novel synthetic biology methods, the team around Dr Anne Sawyer, PhD student Yu Bai, assistant professor Dr Anja Hemschemeier and Prof Dr Thomas Happe from the Bochum-based research group Photobiotechnology, discovered that a specific protein machinery in the green algal chloroplasts is required for the production of a functional hydrogenase. The researchers published their findings in “The Plant ...
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Mobile Gold Fingers: Travelling-wave ion mobility mass spectrometry elucidates structures of gold fingers 27.3.2017 Environmental News Network
Drugs containing gold have been used for centuries to treat conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, they might be effective against cancer and HIV. One mechanism by which they work could occur because gold ions force the zinc ions out of zinc fingers—looped, nucleic acid binding protein domains. American researchers have characterized such “gold fingers” using ion mobility mass spectrometry. As reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie, they identified the exact gold binding sites.
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Visual media can help sustainability reporting 27.3.2017 GreenBiz.com
Time-lapse photography, data imagery and VR help companies capture the value of visual sustainability reporting.
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Is this the start of an SDG reporting boom? 27.3.2017 GreenBiz.com
More companies are trying to measure progress toward the sweeping United Nations global development goals.
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Rural America advances on sustainability, calling it common sense 27.3.2017 GreenBiz.com
One primary concern in rural areas: higher temperatures put strain on water and energy sources.
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More dirt on General Mills’ sustainable agriculture goals 27.3.2017 GreenBiz.com
General Mill's CSO Jerry Lynch and new sustainable sourcing director, Kevin O'Donnell, tackle ambitious 2025 emissions reduction goals and more.
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Thriving Auto Club Speedway has history of peaks, valleys 26.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

At the tunnel entrance leading to the infield of Auto Club Speedway, there’s a blown-up photo printed on a wall that shows racing mogul Roger Penske cutting a checkered-flag ribbon to open the track that was then called California Speedway.

That was in 1997 and, as the speedway in Fontana celebrates...

Op-ed: Crime bystanders' obligations are complicated, but too many of us do nothing 26.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green was headed for a career in the NFL, signing a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016, when those plans were abruptly halted as he became the subject of a rape investigation. In October, the 22-year-old landed behind bars in connection with allegedly sexually assaulting five women in Logan. A preliminary hearing is scheduled to start Wednesday in Cache County’s 1st District Court, where Green is charged with first-degree felony ra...
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UTA biologist quantifying coral species' disease susceptibility by examining immune traits 25.3.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
A biologist from The University of Texas at Arlington is leading a new study aimed at quantifying how susceptible coral species are to disease by examining their immunity through a series of novel experiments and approaches.Laura Mydlarz, associate professor of biology, is principal investigator of the project, titled “Immunity to Community: Can Quantifying Immune Traits Inform Reef Community Structure?” and funded by a two-year, $220,331 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences. Co-principal investigators are Marilyn Brandt, research associate professor of marine and environmental science at the University of the Virgin Islands, and Erinn Muller, staff scientist at the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Sarasota, Fla. 
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Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light 25.3.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
Rice University scientists have created an efficient, simple-to-manufacture oxygen-evolution catalyst that pairs well with semiconductors for solar water splitting, the conversion of solar energy to chemical energy in the form of hydrogen and oxygen. 
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A case for reconstructing the world of sustainable building standards 25.3.2017 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
Certifications must go beyond incremental improvements meant to minimize climate change. Instead, architects and engineers should aspire to create blueprints that are socially, economically and environmentally "regenerative."
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“They’re so scared.' Trump brings heartache, fear in L.A.'s 'Ellis Island' 25.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary
"They're so scared.' Trump brings heartache, fear in L.A.'s 'Ellis Island' By Ruben Vives March 24, 2017 | Reporting from Boyle Heights The Los Angeles skyline serves as a backdrop for the Boyle Hotel and Mariciachi Plaza in Boyle Heights. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) Past the looming maze...
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Routt County Council on Aging menus for the week of March 27 25.3.2017 Steamboat Pilot
• Monday: Chicken stir fry, brown rice, broccoli, tossed salad, ice cream • Tuesday: Pork green chili, wheat tortilla, corn, pineapple, oatmeal cookie • Thursday: Reuben, sauerkraut, green beans, three-bean salad, peaches • Friday: Baked potato bar, broccoli with cheese, Caesar salad, yogurt, vanilla wafers Hayden American Legion Hall • Tuesday: Pork green chili, wheat tortilla, corn, pineapple, oatmeal cookie • Thursday: Reuben, sauerkraut, green beans, three-bean salad, peaches South Routt Community Center • Monday: Chicken stir fry, brown rice, broccoli, tossed salad, ice cream • Wednesday: Pork green chili, wheat tortilla, corn, pineapple, oatmeal cookie • Friday: Baked potato bar, broccoli with cheese, Caesar salad, yogurt, vanilla wafers All lunches are served at noon. There is a recommended donation of $3 per lunch for those 60 and older and $6 for those younger than 60. A $30 punch card is good for 10 lunches for seniors 60 and older or five lunches for those younger than 60. Find detailed menus ...
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WPI, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and the U.S. Coast Guard Successfully Test a Novel Oil Spill Cleanup Technology 25.3.2017 Environmental News Network
Tests conducted this week of a novel technology that can greatly accelerate the combustion of crude oil floating on water demonstrated its potential to become an effective tool for minimizing the environmental impact of future oil spills. Called the Flame Refluxer, the technology, developed by fire protection engineering researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with funding from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), could make it possible to burn off spilled oil quickly while producing relatively low levels of air pollutants.The tests of the Flame Refluxer were conducted this week by WPI and BSEE at the United States Coast Guard’s Joint Maritime Test Facility on Little Sand Island, located in Mobile Bay. WPI is the first university to work on research at the facility since it reopened in 2015. The tests involved controlled burns of oil in a specially designed test tank on the ...
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How Kristen Bell Is Trying To Protect The Environment In The Age Of Trump 25.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As I rode an elevator up to a midtown hotel suite I could never afford to stay in for an interview with  Kristen Bell  about her green lifestyle, a news alert buzzed on my phone. President Donald Trump ’s administration had approved the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project climate change activists have advocated against for years because of its potentially damaging impact on the environment.  The “Good Place” star was in town to promote eco-friendly and sustainable living by way of her new partnership with Tide  and the World Wildlife Fund , which will receive $5 every time someone pledges to live clean using energy saving products.  The irony of the moment was not lost on me or Bell, who has used her platform to advocate for causes like water conservation  and animal rights, as we sat down in between a stuffed animal sloth. (Please take a moment now to watch her meltdown over meeting a sloth IRL , you don’t get the reference.)  “We all have to start thinking about passing earth on,” Bell ...
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Utah Jazz: The quest to rest NBA stars draws blowback 25.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
NBA teams have been strategically resting their star players for years, but the issue over how and when teams decide to sit their superstars has erupted into a full-blown controversy this month. Few would dispute that the NBA’s 82-game schedule is a grind. Many would also agree that top players — particularly veterans — should get an occasional night off so they are healthy and operating at peak efficiency when the playoffs roll around. But the more recent practice of benching mulitple star... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Extreme space weather: protecting our critical infrastructure 25.3.2017 Environmental News Network
Extreme space weather has a global footprint and the potential to damage critical infrastructure on the ground and in space. A new JRC report calls for bridging knowledge gaps and for better coordination at EU level to reduce the potential impact of space weather events.The sun shapes the space environment around the Earth. This so-called space weather can affect space assets but also critical infrastructure on the ground, potentially causing service disruptions or infrastructure failures. Numerous space weather events affecting the power grid, aviation, communication, and navigation systems have already been documented.
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Chance find has big implications for water treatment's costs and carbon footprint 24.3.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
A type of bacteria accidentally discovered during research supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) could fundamentally re-shape efforts to cut the huge amount of electricity consumed during wastewater clean-up.
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Spread of ages is key to impact of disease 24.3.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
How a disease outbreak affects a group of animals depends on the breakdown of ages in the population, an animal study has shown.
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The joy of meatloaf, that iconic comfort food 24.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Have you heard about the White House meatloaf? Apparently, it’s so good that President Trump has been known to order it for guests, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who dined with the president about a month ago.

“This is what it’s like to be with Trump,” Christie later said on a radio...

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