A controllable membrane to pull carbon dioxide out of exhaust streams

Electrically switchable system could continuously separate gases without the need for moving parts or wasted space.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy environment carbon greenhouse-gases emissions research school-of-engineering mit-energy-initiative-mitei chemical-engineering

Pollutants banned for over 30 years linger in UK rivers – our wildlife is the evidence

The ghosts of our industrial and agricultural past continue to haunt freshwater ecosystems today.

Fred Windsor, Research Associate in Network Ecology, Newcastle University • conversation
Oct. 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: pollution rivers industrial-pollution freshwater-biology environment-agency freshwater chemical-pollution

A step toward a universal flu vaccine

With computer models and lab experiments, researchers are working on a strategy for vaccines that could protect against any influenza virus.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: influenza physics chemistry medicine ragon-institute vaccines disease viruses research school-of-engineering school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf national-institutes-of-health-nih chemical-engineering institute-for-medical-engineering-and-sciences-imes

Nanoparticles can turn off genes in bone marrow cells

Using these new particles, researchers could develop treatments for heart disease and other conditions.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 5, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: genetics rna research school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology koch-institute institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes chemical-engeering

California wildfires pass 4 million acres burned, doubling previous record – that's a lot of toxic smoke

To understand the risks of wildfire smoke, it helps to understand the chemicals people are breathing.

Joshua S. Fu, John D. Tickle Professor of Engineering and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health environment pollution wildfire chemicals air-pollution natural-disasters wildfires smoke

Wildfire smoke is laced with toxic chemicals – here's how they got there

To understand the risks of wildfire smoke, it helps to understand the chemicals people are breathing.

Joshua S. Fu, John D. Tickle Professor of Engineering and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health environment pollution wildfire chemicals air-pollution natural-disasters wildfires smoke

Cancer researchers collaborate, target DNA damage repair pathways for cancer therapy

MIT researchers find blocking the expressions of the genes XPA and MK2 enhances the tumor-shrinking effects of platinum-based chemotherapies in p53-mutated cancers.

Koch Institute • mit
Oct. 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: chemistry medicine cancer research school-of-engineering school-of-science biological-engineering koch-institute chemical-engineering

Wildfires can leave toxic drinking water behind – here's how to protect the public

Two environmental engineers say governments need to do more to protect people from possible water contamination after wildfires.

Caitlin R. Proctor, Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellow, Purdue University • conversation
Sept. 17, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: water camp-fire chemicals drinking-water natural-disasters california wildfires oregon disaster-recovery safe-drinking-water-act building-codes washington-state

How chemicals like PFAS can increase your risk of severe COVID-19

Endocrine-disrupting compounds are pervasive in modern life, from food packaging to shampoo. Research is connecting their effects on humans to risk of severe illness or death from the coronavirus.

Kathryn Crawford, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, Middlebury • conversation
Aug. 31, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health environment covid-19 coronavirus pandemic chemicals plastic environmental-health pfas

Page 1 of 34