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Cellulolytic assays of Actinobacteria06.01.12Science Highlight

Encyclopedic Search for New Cellulases

A microbe not known for cellulose degradation has 15 cellulases that may improve biofuel production. Read More »

Amanita muscaria of the class Agaricomycetes06.01.12Science Highlight

A Fungal End to Coal in the Carboniferous Period?

Insights into the origin of ligninases can help develop processes to convert biomass into bioenergy. Read More »

Image of microbial pili networks projecting from, and synthesized by, the cell body of Geobacter.05.01.12Science Highlight

Electricity Generation in Microbial Biofilms

Understanding how microbes use cytochromes to generate electricity in biofilms. Read More »

Polar stratospheric clouds over the NASA Radome, McMurdo Station, Antarctica.05.01.12Science Highlight

Towards More Accurate Simulation of Aerosolos in Climate Models

Recent findings reveal that existing climate models overestimate scattering and absorption of sunlight by aerosols at altitudes between 6-10 kilometers. Read More »

Comparison of modeled atmospheric aerosol optical depth versus measured values from satellites.05.01.12Science Highlight

Improving the Aerosol Component of Climate Models

Complex aerosol processes accurately captured in climate models with a new, minimal aerosol module. Read More »

Distribution of the wintertime differences in the westerly transient moisture flux05.01.12Science Highlight

Models Project Greater Drought Resistance

Regional Climate Models predict greater drought resistance in southwest U.S. than General Circulation Models (GCMs). Read More »

The genome of the polar eukaryotic microalga Coccomyxa subellipsoidea reveals traits of cold adaptation05.01.12Science Highlight

Polar Microbes Make Fat to Keep Warm

A polar alga with lipid metabolism enzymes may prove useful harnessing algae for biodiesel production. Read More »

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory photobioreactor04.01.12Science Highlight

Understanding How Bacteria Use Sunlight

New insights into the effect of light quality on bacterial metabolism and respiration. Read More »

Scanning electron micrograph of dechlorinating bacterium Dehalococcoides strain BAV1.03.01.12Science Highlight

It Takes a Community to Clean up an Environment

Microbial communities solve environmental contamination. Read More »

The CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Southern Surveyor docked prior to participating in the Tropical Warm Pool International Cloud Experiment in Darwin, Australia.03.01.12Science Highlight

Simulating Tropical Clouds and Precipitation in Climate Models

Cloud-resolving models have difficulty representing the array of processes and scales in tropical storms. Read More »