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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 »

New Filter Can Desalinate Sea Water and Extract Valuable Metals

New Filter Can Desalinate Sea Water and Extract Valuable Metals

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 »

Regional Climate Mitigation Could Reduce Extreme Heat by 2-3°C

Regional Climate Mitigation Could Reduce Extreme Heat by 2-3°C

Modifying the properties of the land surface in highly populated areas and in agricultural areas could reduce extreme temperatures in those regions by up to 2 to 3°C.  Read more »

Discovery Could Significantly Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Discovery Could Significantly Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Researchers at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science have made a discovery that could lead to significantly boosted solar cell efficiency.  Read more »