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Green building wall filters impurities from air

Researchers have spent the past several years researching ways to harness plants' natural abilities to filter toxins out of the air into an application that could be used in indoor spaces like office buildings.

Posted: May 16th, 2014

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Dangerous nitrogen pollution could be halved

The most important fertilizer for producing food is, at the same time, one of the most important risks for human health: nitrogen. Ambitious mitigation efforts, however, could decrease the pollution by 50 percent. The analysis is the very first to quantify this.

Posted: May 13th, 2014

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CentRec - an innovative concept for solar tower power plants

In a new radiation receiver developed for solar tower power plants, ceramic particles of around one millimetre in size are heated to 1000 degrees Celsius. The particles are held in a drum inside the rotating receiver by centrifugal force, until they become hot enough to drive the steam turbine in a power plant, for example.

Posted: May 12th, 2014

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Fueling aviation with hardwoods

A multi-university team has addressed challenges of introducing advanced biofuels in the transportation pool through the concerted development of technology designed to transform lignocellulosic biomass into a jet fuel surrogate via catalytic chemistry. This promising approach highlights the versatility of lignocellulose as a feedstock.

Posted: May 8th, 2014

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Tracking down air pollutant effects on your smartphone (w/video)

Did you ever see pollution level indicators displayed in big European cities? The EXPOSOMICS project is looking to make them obsolete. Not only will their technology determine the exact impact of pollutant exposure on our health, but it could eventually land in your pocket - as a smartphone app.

Posted: May 6th, 2014

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