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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 »

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 »

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 »

Aluminium Material Produces Hydrogen from Water

Written by , on August 18, 2017

Scientists and engineers at the US Army Research Laboratory have discovered an aluminum nanomaterial which produces high amounts of energy when it comes in contact with water. The discovery has great potential implications for future power and energy applications.  Read more »

New Material Could Allow Batteries to Charge in Seconds

Written by , on August 7, 2017

Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia ave reported that they have developed a new material, called MXene, which will allow batteries to be charged in seconds rather than hours.  Read more »

Tough New Super-repellent Coating

Written by , on April 11, 2017

University of Michigan scientists have developed a new superhydrophobic coating which repels almost any liquid, is extremely tough and can repair itself.  Read more »

Graphene Sieve Removes Salt from Seawater

Written by , on April 4, 2017

Scientists at The University of Manchester have created a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater.  Read more »

Hydrogen Produced from Biomass Powered by Light

Written by , on March 17, 2017

A team of scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate hydrogen from biomass.  Read more »

New Material Can Cool Buildings, Day and Night, with No Energy Consumption

Written by , on February 10, 2017

Engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder has developed a metamaterial – an engineered material not found in nature – which has the ability to cool objects even under direct sunlight with zero energy and water consumption.  Read more »

New Nonotech Supercapacitors Could Outperform Batteries

Written by , on November 24, 2016

Scientists at the University of Central Florida have developed a new process for creating flexible supercapacitors that can charged in seconds and be recharged more than 30,000 times without degrading.  Read more »