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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 »

New Technique Could Save 95% of the Energy Used to Pump Fluids

New Technique Could Save 95% of the Energy Used to Pump Fluids

Approximately 10% of global electricity consumption is for pumping water, oil, natural gas and other fluids through pipes. Researchers at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria have discovered a technique which could reduce the energy required for this by up to 95%.  Read more »

Edible and Biodegradable Plastic from Seaweed

Edible and Biodegradable Plastic from Seaweed

An Indonesian company, Evoware, has developed a method of producing biodegradable packaging from seaweed.  Read more »

Halogens Improve Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Performance by 25%

Halogens Improve Dye-sensitized Solar Cell Performance by 25%

Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of North Carolina have shown that using halogens in a dye-sensitized solar cell can increase conversion efficiency by 25%.  Read more »

New Cement Cuts CO2 Emissions

New Cement Cuts CO2 Emissions

Solidia Technologies has developed a cement making process that the company says produces 70% less CO2 emissions as conventional cement manufacture while producing a product which is equally as strong.  Read more »