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$1.3 million grant bolsters aerospace research in Montreal
(Concordia University) Thanks to $680,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and a matching amount from collaborating companies Bombardier and Bell Helicopter, a new project called Lean Aerospace Value Streams is set to keep Canada at the forefront of aerospace research and development.

Researchers find way to turn sawdust into gasoline
(KU Leuven) Researchers at KU Leuven's Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. Using a new chemical process, they were able to convert the cellulose in sawdust into hydrocarbon chains. These hydrocarbons can be used as an additive in gasoline, or as a component in plastics. The researchers reported their findings in the journal Energy & Environmental Science.

Atmospheric scientist argues for adaptability of techniques of atmospheric modeling
(World Scientific) How should we deploy the current resources, or those that may become available in the future, to improve the quantitative prediction of weather events with high societal and economic impact?

Scientists could save thousands of pounds with student's DIY microscope
(Brunel University) Expensive tests for measuring everything from sperm motility to cancer diagnosis have just been made hundreds of thousands of pounds cheaper by a Ph.D. student from Brunel University London who hacked his own microscope.

University of Oklahoma vice president for research named 2014 AAAS fellow
(University of Oklahoma) Kelvin Droegemeier, vice president for research on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus and Regents' Professor of Meteorology, has been named a 2014 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Study finds way to conserve soil and water in world's driest wheat region
(Washington State University) In the world's driest rainfed wheat region, Washington State University researchers have identified summer fallow management practices that can make all the difference for farmers, water and soil conservation, and air quality.Wheat growers in the Horse Heaven Hills of south-central Washington farm with an average of 6-8 inches of rain a year. Wind erosion has caused blowing dust that exceeded federal air quality standards 20 times in the past 10 years.

CT scans of coral skeletons reveal ocean acidity increases reef erosion
(University of Hawaii ‑ SOEST) For coral reefs to persist, rates of reef construction must exceed reef breakdown. Prior research has largely focused on the negative impacts of ocean acidification on reef growth, but new research this week from scientists at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology, based at the University of Hawai'i - Mānoa, demonstrates that lower ocean pH also enhances reef breakdown: a double-whammy for coral reefs in a changing climate.

Unmanned underwater vehicle provides first 3-D images of underside of Antarctic sea ice
(National Science Foundation) A National Science Foundation-funded research team has successfully tested an autonomous underwater vehicle, AUV, that can produce high-resolution, three-dimensional maps of Antarctic sea ice. SeaBED, as the vehicle is known, measured and mapped the underside of sea-ice floes in three areas off the Antarctic Peninsula that were previously inaccessible.

Biology trumps chemistry in open ocean
(Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences) Scientists laid out a new framework based on in situ observations that will allow them to describe and understand how phytoplankton assimilate limited concentrations of phosphorus, a key nutrient, in the ocean in ways that better reflect what is actually occurring in the marine environment. This is important because nutrient uptake is a property of ocean biogeochemistry, and in many regions controls carbon dioxide fixation, which ultimately can play a role in mitigating climate change.

Scientist gets more support to study Deepwater Horizon spill impact on coast
(University of Tennessee at Knoxville) An associate professor in earth and planetary sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her team have made new discoveries about bacterial diversity and oil degradation processes never before seen in marshes -- and thanks to a new grant, their work can continue.

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