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Graphical representation of enzyme network necessary for metabolism.September 2012Science Highlight

Understanding the Number of Different Substrates Used by Enzymes

Enzyme “promiscuity” and “monogamy” play a significant role in myriad biochemical reactions. Read More »

Poplar treesSeptember 2012Science Highlight

How Does a Poplar Tree Make its Wood?

Knowing how Poplar trees make wood enables us to optimize their use for bioenergy production. Read More »

Hurricane OmarSeptember 2012Science Highlight

Fresh Water Feeds Hurricanes’ Fury

Understanding factors influencing a cyclone’s path and intensity improves our ability to forecast and mitigate impacts. Read More »

Single-celled marine cyanobacterium Cyanothece 51142August 2012Science Highlight

Making a Better Hydrogen Producing Bacterium

A microbe able to produce hydrogen without typical poisoning by oxygen production. Read More »

Beaufort Sea north of Alaska (NOAA)August 2012Science Highlight

Simulation of Arctic Clouds in Climate Models

Arctic clouds, major controllers of the radiative budget, are now better represented in climate models. Read More »

Whole-cell hybridization fluorescent image of bacteria from an anaerobic bioreactor identified by probes specific for deltaproteobacteria (green) or genus Sporomusa (red).July 2012Science Highlight

Mystery of Mercury Methlyation Unlocked

Researchers reveal that microorganisms are responsible for transforming mercury into methylmercury, a highly toxic form of mercury, in streams. Read More »

X-ray computer tomography (CT) image showing solid carbonate (calcite, green) grown in a network of glass beads (blue).July 2012Science Highlight

Underground Storage of Carbon Dioxide—as a Solid

Nanoscale features in rocks enable more carbon dioxide to be trapped as a solid carbonate material underground. Read More »

PhytoPET plant imaging system.June 2012Science Highlight

Radiation Imaging Detectors for Plant Photosynthesis Research

Imaging tools aid research in global climate change, plant genetics, biofuels, agriculture, and carbon sequestration. Read More »

Scanning electron micrograph of the first sequenced archea Methanococcus jannaschii.June 2012Science Highlight

Microbes Working Together to Produce Methane

Understanding how two microbes work together to produce the greenhouse gas methane. Read More »

Lintner, B. R., M. Biasutti, N. S. Diffenbaugh, J.-E. Lee, M. J. Niznik, and K. L. Findell (2012)June 2012Science Highlight

Increase in Very Wet and Very Dry Months in the Tropics Linked to Global Warming

Impacts of anthropogenic warming on tropical land region rainfall. Read More »