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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 »

Discovery Could Significantly Boost Solar Cell Efficiency

Written by , on January 24, 2018

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

Written by , on January 12, 2018

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

Written by , on January 4, 2018

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%

Written by , on December 22, 2017

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 »