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Science Wednesday: Asthma and New Fuels An estimated 10% of the population has fungal allergies. The development of new biofuel crops is creating a number of new allergens, which are particularly a problem for workers who cultivate these crops. Dr. Marsha Ward discusses new EPA research on the potential of various biomass sources to induce allergic and/or asthma-like responses.

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Science Wednesday: Developing a Low-Cost Water Filter The Oglala Lakota Tribe that lives on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota has been trying to deal with groundwater that has persistently been found to contain unsafe levels of arsenic and uranium. Brett Llewellyn, a student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, discusses his work on a prototype low-cost water filter that can reduce these contaminants.

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Science Wednesday: Innovating for a Green Economy Did you know that EPA helps fund start-up companies? EPA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provided funding to Cambrian Innovation, a small company that developed a bio-electrochemical system to treat wastewater from fermentation-based (e.g., beer brewing) industries. April Richards, Program Manager for the SBIR program, has the details.

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Science Wednesday: Attention Innovators: The My Air, My Health HHS/EPA Challenge is Open! What if we could use electronic devices attached to our bodies to gather vast amounts of data on the pollutants that are around us and how they are affecting our bodies? That's the goal of a new nationwide contest just launched by EPA and HHS. Ruthanna Gordon, a behavioral scientist and AAAS science and technology fellow working with the EPA Innovation Team, explains the contest in her blog.

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