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New Plastic Can Be Recycled Repeatedly

New Plastic Can Be Recycled Repeatedly

Scientists at Colorado State University have discovered a plastic polymer which, unlike typical petroleum plastics, can be recycled repeatedly without losing its quality and without the use of toxic chemicals or intensive lab procedures.  Read more »

Cheap and Efficient Ways of Using Wood To Purify Water

Cheap and Efficient Ways of Using Wood To Purify Water

Engineers at the University of Maryland’s School of Engineering have investigated ways of using energy from the sun and a block of wood smaller than an adult’s hand to heat water to produce steam point which can be condensed to provide purified water in an efficient, easily accessible, environmentally friendly, biodegradable way and at an extremely low cost.  Read more »

Using Waste Plastic Bags to Double the Life of Lithium Sulfur Batteries

Using Waste Plastic Bags to Double the Life of Lithium Sulfur Batteries

Engineers at Purdue University have found a way to increase the life of lithium-sulfur batteries which has the added benefit of being a way to recycle plastic bags.  Read more »

Pink Greenhouses That Generate Electricity

Pink Greenhouses That Generate Electricity

Researchers from the University of California-Santa Cruz have shown that greenhouses made with a special pink glass can control temperature and generate solar electricity at the same time.  Read more »

Graphene Makes Concrete Stronger and Reduces CO2 Emissions

Graphene Makes Concrete Stronger and Reduces CO2 Emissions

Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a new technique that uses nanoengineering technology to incorporate graphene into traditional concrete making it more than twice as strong and four times more water resistant than existing concretes while significantly reducing carbon emissions.  Read more »

Speeding Up Carbon Sequestration in the Ocean

Speeding Up Carbon Sequestration in the Ocean

Scientists at Caltech and the University of Southern California have discovered that adding a common enzyme will make the slow part of the chemical reaction that sequesters carbon dioxide into the ocean go 500 times faster. They believe that, if they can scale this process up, it could make a real difference in reducing the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  Read more »

Food Choices Can Squander Environmental Resources

Food Choices Can Squander Environmental Resources

It is often estimated that about a third of the food produced for human consumption globally is lost or wasted. But an even bigger waste, which is not included in this estimate, may be through dietary choices that result in the squandering of environmental resources.   Read more »

Plants Modified to Need 25% Less Water

Plants Modified to Need 25% Less Water

Scientists led by the University of Illinois have discovered that a simple genetic tweak, which alters the expression of a single gene that is found in all plants, can improve how a crop uses water by 25% without compromising yield.   Read more »

Street Layout Has a Big Effect on Urban Heat

Street Layout Has a Big Effect on Urban Heat

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found that the pattern of streets in a city can have a big effect on the strength of the local heat island effect which causes cities to be hotter than their surroundings.  Read more »

New Superconducting Material Brings Nuclear Fusion Closer

New Superconducting Material Brings Nuclear Fusion Closer

Engineers at Commonwealth Fusion Systems, a spinoff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have predicted that using a new superconducting material will allow nuclear fusion power to be supplied to the grid within 15 years.  Read more »