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Slower as it ages

A new study combines modeling and laboratory experiments to assess uranium release under flow conditions over a time period long enough to evaluate transport behavior of uranium in sediment samples collected from the Hanford Site.

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Bioenergetic pathways

Sulfate-reducing bacteria are common in oxygen-deprived habitats, and they can have harmful industrial and health effects as well as beneficial environmental effects. This study examines the biochemical pathways used by these microbes to convert sulfate to hydrogen sulfide.

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Anode performance

A recent study in Nature Communications reveals a new lithium-sulfur electrode design that minimizes degradation and improves the battery’s efficiency and ability to store electrical charge.

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Enzyme evaluation

A recent study with Washington State University systematically evaluated the specific physical and chemical properties of biomass that hinder the performance of commercial enzyme products. They revealed targeted strategies that could improve the efficacy of enzymes to convert biomass to biofuels.

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Lack of iron

An international team of scientists conducted a study that showed iron-bearing minerals that are naturally abundant in sediment can stop the movement of contaminants such as technetium. Implications are clear for the Hanford Site and others undertaking remediation efforts.

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Just in time

A study by EMSL and University of Chicago researchers using NWChem provides evidence that time integration algorithms working in parallel can significantly speed up computationally demanding molecular dynamics simulations, opening new avenues for studying complex, long-lasting chemical processes.

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Step at a time

An international team of scientists has isolated and characterized a key protein related to sulfate respiration. Understanding how microbes respire sulfate is important for understanding global sulfur and carbon cycles and for quantifying carbon dioxide emissions.

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Biofuel breakdown

A collaborative study shows that Enterobacter lignolyticus SCF1 can multitask quite successfully: degrade lignin as both a food source and for breathing – the first soil bacterium to demonstrate this dual capability.

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