This last point is what we would call pollution and it is easy to detect now thanks to the advances by the doctoral thesis recently presented in the Department of Edaphology and Agricultural Chemistry of the University of Granada (Universidad de Granada [http://www.ugr.es]).
The study "Propuesta de criterios para determinar los valores de niveles característicos de metales pesados en suelos y sedimentos a partir de métodos entrópicos" (A criteria proposal to determine the values of characteristic levels of heavy metals in soils and sediments from entropic methods), prepared by Rafael Bellver Mancheño, under the supervision of teachers Juan Antonio Fernández García and Mariano Valderrama Bonnet, goes deeply into the knowledge of soil genesis in Eastern Andalusia, in an area of 350 square kilometres.
Most of the times, heavy metals can be naturally found in soils and sediments, but the study detects a series of points where it would be advisable to reduce or remove certain heavy metals which are gradually increasing. According to Bellver Mancheño, this topic can generate an excessive social alarm due to the association, sometimes mistaken, between the presence of heavy metals and pollution.
With the method suggested by the UGR [http://www.ugr.es], it is possible to observe the development of the concentration of the different metal elements studied. To this extent, new methods for data analysis have been designed to discuss the results of chemical analysis and compare them to other previously obtained in the same field of study.
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Staphylococcus aureus is a feared pathogen (MRSA, multi-resistant S. aureus) due to frequent resistances against many antibiotics, especially in hospital infections. Researchers at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut have identified immunological processes that prevent a successful immune response directed against the pathogenic agent. The delivery of bacterial proteins with RNA adjuvant or messenger RNA (mRNA) into immune cells allows the re-direction of the immune response towards an active defense against S. aureus. This could be of significant importance for the development of an effective vaccine. PLOS Pathogens has published these research results online on 25 May 2017.
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Physicists from the University of Würzburg are capable of generating identical looking single light particles at the push of a button. Two new studies now demonstrate the potential this method holds.
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An international team of physicists has monitored the scattering behaviour of electrons in a non-conducting material in real-time. Their insights could be beneficial for radiotherapy.
We can refer to electrons in non-conducting materials as ‘sluggish’. Typically, they remain fixed in a location, deep inside an atomic composite. It is hence...
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