'Mercury Sponge' Technology Ready For Market

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A material designed to capture and remove mercury and other toxic substances from industrial waste streams is now available for commercial use, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) officials announced on May 23.

New Environmental Health and Toxicology Search Tool

A new meta-search and clustering tool for toxicology and environmental health information resources is available from the National Library of Medicine/NLM (http://www.nlm.nih.gov).

ToxSeek (http://toxseek.nlm.nih.gov/) is a meta-search and clustering engine that enables simultaneous searching of many different toxicology and environmental health information resources on the World Wide Web. ToxSeek uses natural language processing and artificial intelligence to retrieve, integrate, rank, and present search results as coherent and dynamic sets.

ToxSeek’s “results clustering” feature helps users to more easily identify particular concepts. These clusters are created from what is retrieved in the original query, and can be useful in uncovering a specific concept or focus for more in-depth searching.

ToxSeek searches across a wide range of authoritative sources including:

  • All TOXNET databases (http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov)
  • Additional selected resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), including PubMed
  • Resources from other NIH institutes, and toxicology/environmental health information from other United States government agencies
  • Selected international resources, such as the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Resources from professional societies and scientific organizations.

From Classroom to Boardroom: First Steps

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Freshly minted MBA Paul Liotsakis will test his knowledge of sustainable management as associate director for a growing city program that pays businesses to temporarily reduce their electricity use.

Building Energy Codes

A program of the U.S. Department of Energy, Building Energy Codes is an information resource on national model energy codes. The program works with other government agencies, state and local jurisdictions, national code organizations, and industry to promote stronger building energy codes and help states adopt, implement, and enforce those codes.

New Study Finds Vast Potential for Cutting Energy Waste in China, India, Brazil

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The world has a major stake in the success of energy reduction efforts, particularly in the hot economies of China, India, and Brazil, warn experts concluding a four-year international project.

Zilkha's First Biomass Plant Finds a Fitting First Home

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As one of the leading manufacturers of wood pellets, New England Wood Pellet’s biomass product heats homes and businesses across the U.S. and abroad. A new project, however, will see their product being used considerably closer to home – right in their own facility.

Sen. Obama's Bill Calls for Oil Industry to Invest in Renewable Fuels

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U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) introduced legislation that would require oil companies making in excess of $1 billion in profits during the first quarter of 2006 to invest no less than 1% of those profits into installing E85 or other alternative fuel pumps at gas stations across the U.S. It is estimated that Obama’s bill would create more than 7,000 new E85 pumps in the country.