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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213347/a-new-cheirolepidiaceae-coniferales-from-the-early-jurassic-of-patagonia-argentina-reconciling-the-records-of-impression-and-permineralized-fossils
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Ignacio Escapa, Andrew Leslie
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Plants preserved in different fossil modes provide complementary data concerning the paleobiology and evolutionary relationships among plant groups. New material from the Early Jurassic of Patagonia shows the importance of combining these sources of information, as we describe the first compression/impression fossils of Pararaucaria, a genus of the extinct conifer family Cheirolepidiaceae previously known from permineralized fossils. These fossils extend the temporal range of this genus and may allow its wider recognition in the fossil record...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212931/uv-protective-poly-lactic-acid-rosin-films-for-sustainable-packaging
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Meenu Narayanan, Sravanthi Loganathan, Ravi Babu Valapa, Sabu Thomas, T O Varghese
Recently, biopolymer based plastic materials are regarded as potential alternative for conventional plastics of fossil fuel origin in order to compensate depleting petroleum resources and address environmental pollution issues. Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) is one among the biopolymers which is rapidly commercialized for food packaging application. However, the demerits accompanied with PLA like brittle nature, slower crystallization rate, poor gas barrier and high ultraviolet radiation transmission properties confines its commercial application in food packaging sector...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212024/environmental-multi-objective-optimization-of-the-use-of-biomass-resources-for-energy
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Carl Vadenbo, Davide Tonini, Thomas Fruergaard Astrup
Bioenergy is often considered an important component, alongside other renewables, to mitigate global warming and to reduce fossil fuel dependency. Determining sustainable strategies for utilizing biomass resources, however, requires a holistic perspective to reflect a wider range of potential environmental consequences. To circumvent the limitations of scenario-based life cycle assessment (LCA), we develop a multi-objective optimization model to systematically identify the environmentally-optimal use of biomass for energy under given system constraints...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211467/displacement-efficiency-of-alternative-energy-and-trans-provincial-imported-electricity-in-china
#4
Yuanan Hu, Hefa Cheng
China has invested heavily on alternative energy, but the effectiveness of such energy sources at substituting the dominant coal-fired generation remains unknown. Here we analyse the displacement of fossil-fuel-generated electricity by alternative energy, primarily hydropower, and by trans-provincial imported electricity in China between 1995 and 2014 using two-way fixed-effects panel regression models. Nationwide, each unit of alternative energy displaces nearly one-quarter of a unit of fossil-fuel-generated electricity, while each unit of imported electricity (regardless of the generation source) displaces ∼0...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209407/life-cycle-assessment-of-facile-microwave-assisted-zinc-oxide-zno-nanostructures
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D Papadaki, S Foteinis, G H Mhlongo, S S Nkosi, D E Motaung, S S Ray, T Tsoutsos, G Kiriakidis
The life cycle assessment of several zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures, fabricated by a facile microwave technique, is presented. Key synthesis parameters such as annealing temperature, varied from 90°C to 220°C, and microwave power, varied from 110W to 710W, are assessed. The effect of these parameters on both the structural characteristics and the environmental sustainability of the nanostructures is examined. The nanostructures were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), Photoluminescence (PL) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis...
February 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208644/novel-magnetic-cross-linked-cellulase-aggregates-with-a-potential-application-in-lignocellulosic-biomass-bioconversion
#6
Junqi Jia, Weiwei Zhang, Zengjie Yang, Xianling Yang, Na Wang, Xiaoqi Yu
The utilization of renewable biomass resources to produce high-value chemicals by enzymatic processes is beneficial for alternative energy production, due to the accelerating depletion of fossil fuels. As immobilization techniques can improve enzyme stability and reusability, a novel magnetic cross-linked cellulase aggregate has been developed and applied for biomass bioconversion. The crosslinked aggregates could purify and immobilize enzymes in a single operation, and could then be combined with magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs), which provides easy separation of the materials...
February 10, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207707/fossil-octopus-is-a-jurassic-jewel
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Brian Switek
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2017: Scientific American
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206606/the-small-non-coding-rna-processing-machinery-of-two-living-fossil-species-lungfish-and-coelacanth-gives-new-insights-into-the-evolution-of-the-argonaute-protein-family
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Biscotti Maria Assunta, Canapa Adriana, Forconi Mariko, Gerdol Marco, Pallavicini Alberto, Schartl Manfred, Barucca Marco
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205612/dna-analysis-of-a-30-000-year-old-urocitellus-glacialis-from-northeastern-siberia-reveals-phylogenetic-relationships-between-ancient-and-present-day-arctic-ground-squirrels
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Marina Faerman, Gila Kahila Bar-Gal, Elisabetta Boaretto, Gennady G Boeskorov, Nikolai E Dokuchaev, Oleg A Ermakov, Fedor N Golenishchev, Stanislav V Gubin, Eugenia Mintz, Evgeniy Simonov, Vadim L Surin, Sergei V Titov, Oksana G Zanina, Nikolai A Formozov
In contrast to the abundant fossil record of arctic ground squirrels, Urocitellus parryii, from eastern Beringia, only a limited number of fossils is known from its western part. In 1946, unnamed GULAG prisoners discovered a nest with three mummified carcasses of arctic ground squirrels in the permafrost sediments of the El'ga river, Yakutia, Russia, that were later attributed to a new species, Citellus (Urocitellus) glacialis Vinogr. To verify this assignment and to explore phylogenetic relationships between ancient and present-day arctic ground squirrels, we performed (14)C dating and ancient DNA analyses of one of the El'ga mummies and four contemporaneous fossils from Duvanny Yar, northeastern Yakutia...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203516/solar-to-fuels-conversion-technologies-a-perspective
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Harry L Tuller
To meet increasing energy needs, while limiting greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades, power capacity on a large scale will need to be provided from renewable sources, with solar expected to play a central role. While the focus to date has been on electricity generation via photovoltaic (PV) cells, electricity production currently accounts for only about one-third of total primary energy consumption. As a consequence, solar-to-fuel conversion will need to play an increasingly important role and, thereby, satisfy the need to replace high energy density fossil fuels with cleaner alternatives that remain easy to transport and store...
2017: Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199311/corrigendum-upward-revision-of-global-fossil-fuel-methane-emissions-based-on-isotope-database
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Stefan Schwietzke, Owen A Sherwood, Lori M P Bruhwiler, John B Miller, Giuseppe Etiope, Edward J Dlugokencky, Sylvia Englund Michel, Victoria A Arling, Bruce H Vaughn, James W C White, Pieter P Tans
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198376/selective-sulfur-dioxide-adsorption-on-crystal-defect-sites-on-an-isoreticular-metal-organic-framework-series
#12
L Marleny Rodríguez-Albelo, Elena López-Maya, Said Hamad, A Rabdel Ruiz-Salvador, Sofia Calero, Jorge A R Navarro
The widespread emissions of toxic gases from fossil fuel combustion represent major welfare risks. Here we report the improvement of the selective sulfur dioxide capture from flue gas emissions of isoreticular nickel pyrazolate metal organic frameworks through the sequential introduction of missing-linker defects and extra-framework barium cations. The results and feasibility of the defect pore engineering carried out are quantified through a combination of dynamic adsorption experiments, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and density functional theory calculations...
February 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197944/wet-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-deposition-in-the-eutrophication-of-the-lagos-lagoon-nigeria
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Najeem O Oladosu, Akeem A Abayomi, Kehinde O Olayinka, Babajide I Alo
Air pollution is influenced by wind-aided particulate suspension, open-air waste burning, and fossil fuel combustion. The pollutants from these sources eventually deposit on ambient surfaces. Atmospheric wet deposition into Lagos Lagoon may be significant additions to the nutrient levels of the eutrophic lagoon. Precipitation was monitored at three stations in the Lagos Lagoon basin from May to November, 2012, in order to estimate the contribution of wet deposition to the nutrient cycles of the lagoon. Water samples were digested with potassium persulfate, and the species of phosphorus (P) and nitrogen (N) were analyzed by colorimetric methods...
February 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194224/carbon-uptake-by-mature-amazon-forests-has-mitigated-amazon-nations-carbon-emissions
#14
Oliver L Phillips, Roel J W Brienen
BACKGROUND: Several independent lines of evidence suggest that Amazon forests have provided a significant carbon sink service, and also that the Amazon carbon sink in intact, mature forests may now be threatened as a result of different processes. There has however been no work done to quantify non-land-use-change forest carbon fluxes on a national basis within Amazonia, or to place these national fluxes and their possible changes in the context of the major anthropogenic carbon fluxes in the region...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191634/timing-of-the-evolutionary-history-of-corallinaceae-corallinales-rhodophyta
#15
Anja Rösler, Francisco Perfectti, Viviana Peña, Julio Aguirre, Juan Carlos Braga
The temporal dimension of the most recent Corallinaceae (order Corallinales) phylogeny was presented here, based on first occurrence time estimates from the fossil record. Calibration of the molecular clock of the genetic marker SSU entailed a separation of Corallinales from Hapalidiales in the Albian (Early Cretaceous ~ 105 mya). Neither the calibration nor the fossil record resolved the succession of appearance of the first three emerging subfamilies: Mastophoroideae, Corallinoideae, and Neogoniolithoideae...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191025/from-egg-to-no-body-an-overview-and-revision-of-developmental-pathways-in-the-ancient-arthropod-lineage-pycnogonida
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REVIEW
Georg Brenneis, Ekaterina V Bogomolova, Claudia P Arango, Franz Krapp
BACKGROUND: Arthropod diversity is unparalleled in the animal kingdom. The study of ontogeny is pivotal to understand which developmental processes underlie the incredible morphological disparity of arthropods and thus to eventually unravel evolutionary transformations leading to their success. Work on laboratory model organisms has yielded in-depth data on numerous developmental mechanisms in arthropods. Yet, although the range of studied taxa has increased noticeably since the advent of comparative evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo), several smaller groups remain understudied...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190724/flourishing-sponge-based-ecosystems-after-the-end-ordovician-mass-extinction
#17
Joseph P Botting, Lucy A Muir, Yuandong Zhang, Xuan Ma, Junye Ma, Longwu Wang, Jianfang Zhang, Yanyan Song, Xiang Fan
The Late Ordovician (Hirnantian, approximately 445 million years ago) extinction event was among the largest known, with 85% species loss [1]. Post-extinction survival faunas are invariably low diversity, especially benthic communities [2], but ecological structure was restored relatively rapidly [1]. This pattern, however, reflects organisms with robust skeletons, as only one exceptionally preserved Hirnantian fossil biota was previously known [3, 4]; in particular, almost no Hirnantian sponges have been recorded...
January 30, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188680/experimental-fossilization-of-mat-forming-cyanobacteria-in-coarse-grained-siliciclastic-sediments
#18
S A Newman, V Klepac-Ceraj, G Mariotti, S B Pruss, N Watson, T Bosak
Microbial fossils and textures are commonly preserved in Ediacaran and early Cambrian coarse-grained siliciclastic sediments that were deposited in tidal and intertidal marine settings. In contrast, the fossilization of micro-organisms in similar marine environments of post-Cambrian age is less frequently reported. Thus, temporal discrepancies in microbial preservation may have resulted from the opening and closing of a unique taphonomic window during the terminal Proterozoic and early Phanerozoic, respectively...
February 11, 2017: Geobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188549/characteristics-and-source-apportionment-of-black-carbon-aerosols-over-an-urban-site
#19
T A Rajesh, S Ramachandran
Aethalometer based source apportionment model using the measured aerosol absorption coefficients at different wavelengths is used to apportion the contribution of fossil fuel and wood burning sources to the total black carbon (BC) mass concentration. Temporal and seasonal variabilities in BC mass concentrations, equivalent BC from fossil fuel (BC f f ), and wood burning (BC w b ) are investigated over an urban location in western India during January 2014 to December 2015. BC, BC f f , and BC w b mass concentrations exhibit strong diurnal variation and are mainly influenced by atmospheric dynamics...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187706/genome-data-on-the-extinct-bison-schoetensacki-establish-it-as-a-sister-species-of-the-extant-european-bison-bison-bonasus
#20
Pauline Palacio, Véronique Berthonaud, Claude Guérin, Josie Lambourdière, Frédéric Maksud, Michel Philippe, Delphine Plaire, Thomas Stafford, Marie-Claude Marsolier-Kergoat, Jean-Marc Elalouf
BACKGROUND: The European bison (Bison bonasus), now found in Europe and the Caucasus, has been proposed to originate either from the extinct steppe/extant American bison lineage or from the extinct Bison schoetensacki lineage. Bison schoetensacki remains are documented in Eurasian Middle Pleistocene sites, but their presence in Upper Pleistocene sites has been questioned. Despite extensive genetic studies carried out on the steppe and European bison, no remains from the fossil record morphologically identified as Bison schoetensacki has been analyzed up to now...
February 10, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
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