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Feeding the World without Destroying the Environment

Written by , on September 19, 2019

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

Written by , on August 9, 2019

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

Written by , on July 17, 2019

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

Written by , on June 16, 2019

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

Refrigeration without Greenhouse Gases

Written by , on May 17, 2019

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

Written by , on April 16, 2019

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

Written by , on February 13, 2019

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

Written by , on January 30, 2019

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

Written by , on January 3, 2019

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

Written by , on November 26, 2018

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 »