Environmental contamination occurs when harmful chemicals enter the environment, impacting human health. The Superfund program, established in 1980 by the EPA, works to identify and clean up highly contaminated sites, such as those affected by trichloroethene (TCE), a challenging carcinogenic solvent. Bioremediation, using microorganisms like Dehalococcoides mccartyi, offers a natural solution for breaking down contaminants.
Microorganisms possess a superpower called "electroactivity," transferring electrons across surfaces, studied in electromicrobiology. They influence environments and technology but also bring challenges like infrastructure corrosion and methane production. Balancing these impacts is key to unlocking the full potential of microbial electroactivity.
Beyond the glitz of traditional movies, there's a unique class known as "molecular movies." In laboratories worldwide, scientists use ultrafast structural dynamics tools to capture the dynamic motions of atoms and molecules. Employing advanced techniques like femtosecond X-rays, these molecular movies provide insights into fundamental processes, driving breakthroughs in biology, chemistry, and physics. Welcome to the captivating world where art meets science in ultrafast structural dynamics!