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Bioplastic from Australian Bee’s Nesting Material

Written by , on June 20, 2018

A New Zealand company, named Humble Bee, is reverse-engineering the nesting material of the Australian solitary masked bee in a bid to manufacture a biodegradable alternative to plastic on a large scale and at a competitive price.  Read more »

Affordable Carbon Capture from the Air

Written by , on June 13, 2018

A Canadian company has published results of a pilot study that shows that CO₂ can be captured from the atmosphere for less than $us100 a tonne – far less than previous estimates of $600 to $1,000 a tonne. The company is commercalising technology which uses the captured CO₂ to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuels.  Read more »

New Plastic Can Be Recycled Repeatedly

Written by , on May 15, 2018

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 »

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

Written by , on May 10, 2018

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

Written by , on May 2, 2018

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

Written by , on April 26, 2018

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

Written by , on April 16, 2018

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 »

Plants Modified to Need 25% Less Water

Written by , on March 27, 2018

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 »

New Superconducting Material Brings Nuclear Fusion Closer

Written by , on March 14, 2018

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 »

New Filter Can Desalinate Sea Water and Extract Valuable Metals

Written by , on February 12, 2018

Researchers at Australia’s CSIRO and Monash University and at the University of Texas at Austin have found a material which filter salt and ions out of sea water not only yielding safe drinking water but also recovering valuable metals such as lithium.  Read more »