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Hamed Eskandarloo, Arkaye Kierulf, Alireza Abbaspourrad
Nano- and micromotors are machines designed to self-propel and-in the process of propelling themselves-perform specialized tasks like cleaning polluted waters. These motors offer distinct advantages over conventionally static decontamination methods, owing to their ability to move around and self-mix-which heightens the interaction between their active sites and target pollutants-thus improving their speed and efficiency, which could potentially decrease treatment times and costs. In the last decade, considerable research efforts have been expended on exploring various mechanisms by which these motors can self-propel and remove pollutants, proving that the removal of oil droplets, heavy metals, and organic compounds using these synthetic motors is possible...
September 18, 2017: Nanoscale
Ruiqiao Bai, Xuehua Liu, Xiaofei Liu, Lanmei Liu, Jianping Wang, Sihui Liao, Annah Zhu, Zhouyuan Li
The hydropower capacity of China ranks first in the world and accounts for approximately 20% of the total energy production in the country. While hydropower has substantially contributed to meeting China's renewable energy targets and providing clean energy to rural areas, the development of hydropower in China has been met with significant controversy. Ecologically, hydro projects alter the landscape, with potential impacts to the country's aquatic biodiversity. Over the past four decades in China, various mainstream opinions and misunderstandings have been presented concerning how to alleviate the negative impacts of hydro projects on aquatic ecosystems...
September 14, 2017: Environment International
Christopher B Stephens, Erica Spackman
Removal of contaminated material from a poultry house during recovery from an avian influenza virus (AIV) outbreak is costly and labor intensive. Because AIV is not environmentally stable, heating poultry houses may provide an alternative disinfection method. The objective was to determine the time necessary to inactivate AIV in poultry litter at temperatures achievable in a poultry house. Low pathogenic (LP) AIV inactivation was evaluated between 10.0°-48.9°C, at ∼5.5°C intervals and highly pathogenic (HP) AIV inactivation was evaluated between 10...
September 15, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Meriem Benaissa, Omar Rouane-Hacene, Zitouni Boutiba, Marielle E Guibbolini-Sabatier, Christine Risso-De Faverney
The aim of our study is to evaluate the impact of Bousfer desalination plant brine discharges on the Algerian west coast, on a natural population of the marine gastropod mollusc Patella rustica. The effects of a chronic exposure to such discharges are complex to understand due to the combined effects of environmental physico-chemical parameters (e.g., high salinity) and different pollutants that can modulate the physiological responses of this species to stress. In this context, we assessed the biological effects in a marine species P...
September 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Qianshan He, Fuhai Geng, Chengcai Li, Shiqi Yang, Yanyu Wang, Haizhen Mu, Guangqiang Zhou, Xiaobo Liu, Wei Gao, Tiantao Cheng, Zheng Wu
With the explosive economic development of China over the past few decades, air pollution has become a serious environmental problem and has attracted increasing global concern. Using satellite-based PM2.5 data from 2000 to 2015, we found that the temporal-spatial variation of PM2.5 in East China is characterized by high concentrations in the northern part and low concentrations in the southern part of East China, and by being seasonally high in autumn and winter but low in spring and summer. We also found that the regional average PM2...
September 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Olushola Ibiyemi, Fatemeh V Zohoori, Ruth A Valentine, Simon Kometa, Anne Maguire
OBJECTIVES: Enamel formation is a vulnerable developmental process, susceptible to environmental influences such as excessive systemic fluoride (F) exposure and infant/childhood disease. This study determined prevalence and extent of developmental enamel defects (DDE) and dental fluorosis in 8-year-old Nigerians and explored associations with key predictors. METHODS: A sample of 322 healthy 8-year-olds (155 males, 167 females) from primary schools in lower and higher water F areas of (i) rural and (ii) urban parts of Oyo State in south-west Nigeria (n = 4 areas) (in which the mean (SD) F concentration of community water supplies ranged from 0...
September 11, 2017: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
Kelly Ann Schmidtke, Navneet Aujla, Tom Marshall, Abid Hussain, Gerard P Hodgkinson, Kristopher Arheart, Joachim Marti, David J Birnbach, Ivo Vlaev
INTRODUCTION: Compliance with hand hygiene recommendations in hospital is typically less than 50%. Such low compliance inevitably contributes to hospital-acquired infections that negatively affect patients' well-being and hospitals' finances. The design of the present study is predicated on the assumption that most people who fail to clean their hands are not doing so intentionally, they just forget. The present study will test whether psychological priming can be used to increase the number of people who clean their hands on entering a ward...
September 11, 2017: BMJ Open
Shih-Hsin Ho, Shishu Zhu, Jo-Shu Chang
Pollution of heavy metals (HMs) is a detrimental treat to human health and need to be cleaned up in a proper way. Biochar (BC), a low-cost and "green" adsorbent, has attracted significant attention due to its considerable HMs removal capacity. In particular, nano-metals have recently been used to assist BC in improving its reactivity, surface texture and magnetism. Synthesis methods and metal precursors greatly influence the properties and structures of the nanocomposites, thereby affecting their HMs removal performance...
August 20, 2017: Bioresource Technology
A Robustillo-Rodela, V Pérez-Blanco, M A Espinel Ruiz, G Ruiz Carrascoso, J C Figueira Iglesias, D Abad Martín
BACKGROUND: This report describes a double outbreak of OXA-48-producing Enterobacteriaceae (OXA-48-PE) and multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MRAB) in an intensive care unit (ICU) and the effectiveness of measures implemented, including decontamination with vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP). METHODS: Affected patients were isolated in a confined area and cared for by dedicated personnel. Four percent chlorhexidine soap was used for patient daily hygiene...
September 8, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
Tania S Bonny, Saber Yezli, John A Lednicky
Frequently touched surfaces of a university classroom that is cleaned daily contained viable human coronavirus 229E (CoV-229E). Tests of a CoV-229E laboratory strain under conditions that simulated the ambient light, temperature, and relative humidity conditions of the classroom revealed that some of the virus remained viable on various surfaces for 7 days, suggesting CoV-229E is relatively stable in the environment. Our findings reinforce the notion that contact transmission may be possible for this virus.
September 8, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
Chang Liu, Ai-Yong Zhang, Yang Si, Dan-Ni Pei, Han-Qing Yu
Electrochemical degradation of refractory pollutants at low bias before oxygen evolution exhibits high current efficiency and low energy consumption, but its severe electrode fouling largely limits practical applications. In this work, a new anti-fouling strategy was developed and validated for electrochemical pollutant degradation by photochemical oxidation on facet-tailored {001}-exposed TiO2 single crystals. Electrode fouling from anodic polymers at a low bias was greatly relieved by the bulk-free •OH-mediated photocatalysis under UV irradiation, thus efficient and stable degradation of bisphenol A, a typical environmental endocrine disrupter, and treatment of landfill leachate were accomplished without remarkable oxygen evolution in synergistic photo-assisted electrochemical system...
September 11, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Virginie Cuvillier-Hot, Sylvie Marylène Gaudron, François Massol, Céline Boidin-Wichlacz, Timothée Pennel, Ludovic Lesven, Sopheak Net, Claire Papot, Juliette Ravaux, Xavier Vekemans, Gabriel Billon, Aurélie Tasiemski
Human activities on the shoreline generate a growing pollution, creating deleterious habitats in coastal zones. Some species nevertheless succeed in such harsh milieus, raising the question of their tolerance to environmental stress. The annelid Hediste diversicolor lives buried in the sediments, directly exposed to contaminants trapped in the mud. After verifying the similarity of their genetic contexts, we compared reproductive output and individual immune resistance measures of populations living in polluted vs...
September 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Suneel Kumar, Ashish Kumar, Ashish Bahuguna, Vipul Sharma, Venkata Krishnan
In the pursuit towards the use of sunlight as a sustainable source for energy generation and environmental remediation, photocatalytic water splitting and photocatalytic pollutant degradation have recently gained significant importance. Research in this field is aimed at solving the global energy crisis and environmental issues in an ecologically-friendly way by using two of the most abundant natural resources, namely sunlight and water. Over the past few years, carbon-based nanocomposites, particularly graphene and graphitic carbon nitride, have attracted much attention as interesting materials in this field...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
Paul R Adams, David B Orr, Consuelo Arellano, Yasmin J Cardoza
Soil and foliar arthropod populations in agricultural settings respond to environmental disturbance and degradation, impacting functional biodiversity in agroecosystems. The objective of this study was to evaluate system level management effects on soil and foliar arthropod abundance and diversity in corn and soybean. Our field experiment was a completely randomized block design with three replicates for five farming systems which included: Conventional clean till, conventional long rotation, conventional no-till, organic clean till, and organic reduced till...
August 1, 2017: Environmental Entomology
Amal M Hamdy, Moamen El-Massry, Mona T Kashef, Magdy A Amin, Ramy K Aziz
Microbiome projects are currently booming around the globe, enabled by advances in culture-independent microbial community analysis and high-throughput sequencing. One emerging application of microbiome science involves exploring microbial diversity in built environments, and one unexplored built environment is the pharmaceutical factory, notably factories producing antibiotics, as they could be enriched in antibiotic-resistant microbes. To examine the drug factory microbiome, we launched this interdisciplinary hypothesis-generating study to benchmark culture-independent microbiome analysis in drug manufacturing units producing antibiotics and nonantibiotic drugs, against traditional microbial identification and quantification techniques...
September 5, 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
Martin Pumera
The ever increasing need for renewable and clean energy resources as well as environmental concerns are considered as two serious challenges of today's society. Photocatalysis has proved to be a reliable and effective technology to overcome these issues. However, in order to bring the full potential of this approach into reality, two main hurdles of fast charge recombination and the limited visible light absorption should be tackled. To address these obstacles, nanocomposites based on titanium dioxide nanostructures and semiconducting two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2D TMDs) have been developed and proven to be excellent photocatalysts...
September 5, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Sophie Doran, Andrea Romano, George B Hanna
The lack of standardization of breath sampling is a major contributing factor to the poor repeatability of results and hence represents a barrier to the adoption of breath tests in clinical practice. On-line and bag breath sampling have advantages but do not suit multicentre clinical studies whereas storage and robust transport are essential for the conduct of wide-scale studies. Several devices have been developed to control sampling parameters and to concentrate volatile organic compounds (VOCs) onto thermal desorption (TD) tubes and subsequently transport those tubes for laboratory analysis...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
Genevieve L Buser, P Maureen Cassidy, Margaret C Cunningham, Susan Rudin, Andrea M Hujer, Robert Vega, Jon P Furuno, Steven H Marshall, Paul G Higgins, Michael R Jacobs, Meredith S Wright, Mark D Adams, Robert A Bonomo, Christopher D Pfeiffer, Zintars G Beldavs
OBJECTIVE To determine the scope, source, and mode of transmission of a multifacility outbreak of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) Acinetobacter baumannii. DESIGN Outbreak investigation. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Residents and patients in skilled nursing facilities, long-term acute-care hospital, and acute-care hospitals. METHODS A case was defined as the incident isolate from clinical or surveillance cultures of XDR Acinetobacter baumannii resistant to imipenem or meropenem and nonsusceptible to all but 1 or 2 antibiotic classes in a patient in an Oregon healthcare facility during January 2012-December 2014...
September 5, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Jianhua Kang, Wei Sun, Yuehua Hu, Zhiyong Gao, Runqing Liu, Qingpeng Zhang, Hang Liu, Xiangsong Meng
This study investigates an environmentally friendly technology that utilizes waste by-products (waste acid and waste alkali liquids) to treat mineral processing wastewater. Chemical precipitation is used to remove silicate from scheelite (CaWO4) cleaning flotation wastewater and the waste by-products are used as a substitute for calcium chloride (CaCl2). A series of laboratory experiments is conducted to explain the removal of silicate and the characterization and formation mechanism of calcium silicate. The results show that silicate removal reaches 90% when the Ca:Si molar ratio exceeds 1...
August 22, 2017: Water Research
Eric Carmona, Vicente Andreu, Yolanda Picó
A sensitive and reliable method based on solid-liquid extraction (SLE) using McIlvaine-Na2EDTA buffer (pH=4.5)-methanol and solid-phase extraction (SPE) clean up prior to ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) was applied to determine 47 organic contaminants in fish, soil and sediments. The SPE procedure to clean-up the extracts was also used as extraction method to determine these compounds in water. Recoveries ranged from 38 to 104% for all matrices with RSDs<30%...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
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