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Munching bugs thwart eager trees, reducing the carbon sink

In a high carbon dioxide world the trees would come out ahead Except for the munching bugs A new study published in Nature Plants shows that hungry plant eating insects may limit the ability of ... - Read More

Freeze! Watching alloys change from liquid to solid could lead to better metals

If you put a camera in the ice machine and watched water turn into ice the process would look simple But the mechanism behind liquids turning to solids is actually quite complex and understanding it ... - Read More

Supersonic electrons could produce future solar fuel

Researchers from institutions including Lund University have taken a step closer to producing solar fuel using artificial photosynthesis In a new study they have successfully tracked the electrons' rapid transit through a light converting molecule ... - Read More

Aerogel catalyst shows promise for fuel cells: Unzipped nanotubes turned into possible alternative for platinum

Graphene nanoribbons formed into a three dimensional aerogel and enhanced with boron and nitrogen are excellent catalysts for fuel cells even in comparison to platinum according to Rice University researchers A team led by materials ... - Read More

The biobattery: Turning sewage sludge into electricity and engine oil

Sewage sludge green waste production residue from the food industry straw or animal excrement with the biobattery's modular concept a much larger range of biomass can be utilized for energy recovery than previously Researchers show ... - Read More

Bringing clean energy a step closer

For nearly half a century scientists have been trying to replace precious metal catalysts in fuel cells Now for the first time researchers at Case Western Reserve University have shown that an inexpensive metal free ... - Read More

Himalayan ice shows chemicals ban is working

A unique study of frozen ice cores from the Tibetan Himalayas has shown that international agreements on phasing out the use of toxic persistent organic pollutants are working The research paper in the leading American ... - Read More

Climate-warmed leaves change lake ecosystems

Rising soil temperatures significantly affect autumn leaves and consequently the food web appearance and biochemical makeup of the lakes and ponds those leaves fall into a Dartmouth College led study finds The study is one ... - Read More

First direct observation of carbon dioxide's increasing greenhouse effect at Earth's surface

Scientists have observed an increase in carbon dioxide's greenhouse effect at Earth's surface for the first time The researchers led by scientists from the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley Lab measured ... - Read More

In quest for better lithium-air batteries, chemists boost carbon's stability

To power a car so it can travel hundreds of miles at a time lithium ion batteries of the future are going to have to hold more energy without growing too big in size That's ... - Read More

Simple way to make and reconfigure complex emulsions

MIT researchers have devised a new way to make complex liquid mixtures known as emulsions that could have many applications in drug delivery sensing cleaning up pollutants and performing chemical reactions Many drugs vaccines cosmetics ... - Read More

Looking back into the past of oceans: Acidification trends, seasonal fluctuations

Next to global warming ocean acidification is currently considered as the second major carbon dioxide problem With the increase of carbon dioxide CO2 in the atmosphere larger quantities of the gas are getting into the ... - Read More

Crude oil production: Asphaltene analysis takes a giant step

Rice University researchers have developed an easy and accurate technique to detect and quantify the amount of asphaltene precipitated from crude oils which bedevils the oil industry by clogging wells and flow lines Asphaltene is ... - Read More

Scientists bring oxygen back to dead fjord

More and more of the world's waters are seriously lacking oxygen Could we use pumps to bring oxygen and thus higher life back into these waters A Danish Swedish research team says yes They installed ... - Read More

Threat of ocean acidification to coastal communities in US

Coastal communities in 15 states that depend on the $1 billion shelled mollusk industry primarily oysters and clams are at long term economic risk from the increasing threat of ocean acidification a new report concludes ... - Read More

Climate change influences distribution of organic pollutants in the Baltic Sea

Regional climate change models predict an increased freshwater runoff into the Baltic Sea This will result in increased inflow of terrestrial dissolved organic carbon According to Matyas Ripszam Umeå University this change will have high ... - Read More

Semiconductor works better when hitched to graphene

Graphene a one atom thick sheet of carbon with highly desirable electrical properties flexibility and strength shows great promise for future electronics advanced solar cells protective coatings and other uses and combining it with other ... - Read More

Cheap solar cells made from shrimp shells

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London QMUL have successfully created electricity generating solar cells with chemicals found the shells of shrimps and other crustaceans for the first time The materials chitin and chitosan found ... - Read More

Classical nova explosions are major lithium factories in the universe

A team of astronomers from National Astronomical Observatory of Japan NAOJ Osaka Kyoiku University Nagoya University and Kyoto Sangyo University observed Nova Delphini 2013 which occurred on August 14 2013. Using the 8.2 meter Subaru ... - Read More

New technique for making graphene competitor, molybdenum disulfide

Graphene a single atom thick lattice of carbon atoms is often touted as a replacement for silicon in electronic devices due to its extremely high conductivity and unbeatable thinness But graphene is not the only ... - Read More
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