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Making fuel from bacteria

In the search for the fuels of tomorrow, Swedish researchers are finding inspiration in the sea. Not in offshore oil wells, but in the water where blue-green algae thrive.

Mar 13th, 2013

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Catalysts that produce 'green' fuel

The energy produced by solar panels, be it heat or electricity, has to be used right away. It is hard to store and preserve and also its transportation can be rather complicated. Creating solar cells capable of producing energy in an easily storable and transportable way, that is to say fuel, is therefore the future challenge of solar energy.

Mar 12th, 2013

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China to address mercury pollution

To address mercury pollution, an issue that has largely been overlooked in the country, China's environmental authorities are conducting a series of technology assessments and submitting proposals for policy solutions.

Mar 11th, 2013

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Insulating buildings with seaweed

Although this natural material is regarded as a waste product and generally ends up as landfill, this readily abundant and renewable material is in fact far too valuable to be thrown away. The seaweed displays a variety of characteristics that make it of interest to the building trade, such as virtual non-flammability and resistance to mould.

Mar 8th, 2013

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Doped carbon material produces low-cost energy and reduces CO2

Researchers from the University of Granada (UGR) have developed a new material using doped carbon that allows low-cost energy to be produced and also reduces the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere. The recently-patented material is a gel that enables the CO2 to be turned back into hydrocarbons via electro-catalytic transformation, with great savings both in time and money.

Mar 7th, 2013

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Statistical physics offers a new way to look at climate

New research suggests that statistical simulations rooted in basic physics could make for new climate models that are more useful and require less brute-force computing power. A new paper shows how statistical simulations can be applied to fluid jets like the ones in Earth's atmosphere and oceans.

Mar 5th, 2013

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