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Feeding the World without Destroying the Environment

Feeding the World without Destroying the Environment

Researchers show that undernourishment is not a problem of agricultural production capacity but of the current economic and political system and that, if equity of food distribution is accompanied by a reduction in over-consumption and food waste, undernutrition could be eradicated while at the same time reducing agricultural production.   Read more »

Microbes Take CO2 from Air to Make Plastic or Petrol

Microbes Take CO2 from Air to Make Plastic or Petrol

University of Colorado, Boulder researchers have developed nanobio-hybrid organisms capable of taking carbon dioxide from the air and converting it into products such as biodegradable plastic, petrol, ammonia and biodiesel.  Read more »

Geothermal Battery Could Supply Uninterrupted Electricity

Geothermal Battery Could Supply Uninterrupted Electricity

Scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Sanoh Industrial have developed a very stable battery cell that can directly convert geothermal heat into electricity.  Read more »

“Game-changing” Desalination Method

“Game-changing” Desalination Method

Researchers from Columbia University believe they’ve found a way to quickly and easily desalinate water.  Read more »

Refrigeration without Greenhouse Gases

Refrigeration without Greenhouse Gases

A team of scientists, led by the Chinese Academy of Sciences have discovered that crystals of a plastic, called neopentyl glycol, have the potential to replace harmful greenhouse gas refrigerants in refrigerators, air conditioners, computer cooling systems and the like.  Read more »

Solar Panel Produces Hydrogen from Air

Solar Panel Produces Hydrogen from Air

Researchers at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium say that they have developed a solar panel that converts sunlight directly into hydrogen using the moisture in the air.   Read more »

Improving Solar Cell Efficiency with a Bucket of Water

Improving Solar Cell Efficiency with a Bucket of Water

Associate Professor Beth Sparks has developed an amazingly simple way to significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells in developing countries and other remote areas.  Read more »

Air Conditioning without Electricity

Air Conditioning without Electricity

SoundEnergy, a Dutch company, has demonstrated a thermal acoustic engine which takes heat from any source and produces a powerful cooling effect without requiring power from any other source – potentially providing air conditioning or refrigeration from industrial waste heat or solar energy. The device combines two technologies which have been understood for a long […]  Read more »

Inexpensive Flexible Material to Convert Waste Heat to Electricity

Inexpensive Flexible Material to Convert Waste Heat to Electricity

Scientists at Osaka University have reported that they have developed an inexpensive, large-scale and flexible thermoelectric generator that has high mechanical reliability and can convert waste heat into electricity efficiently.  Read more »

Using Superconducting Tape Could Dramatically Lower Wind Turbine Costs

Using Superconducting Tape Could Dramatically Lower Wind Turbine Costs

The EcoSwing project, funded by the European Union,is aiming to demonstrate a dramatically lower cost, lightweight wind turbine drivetrain using superconducting ceramic tape instead of rare earth elements.  Read more »