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New processing technology converts used packing peanuts to battery components

Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste Batteries have ... - Read More

Air pollutants could boost potency of common airborne allergens

A pair of air pollutants linked to climate change could also be a major contributor to the unparalleled rise in the number of people sneezing sniffling and wheezing during allergy season The gases nitrogen dioxide ... - Read More

A Molecule From Plants and Trees Could Make Our Roads and Roofs 'Greener'

and consume “You might be surprised to learn this but you’re eating lignin every day if you’re eating vegetables ” he points out The researchers acknowledge funding from ICOPAL B V Van Gelder B V ... - Read More

Turning Packing Peanuts Into Energy-Storing Battery Components (Video)

but they no longer use the ozone depleting gases called CFCs They may however contain additional chemicals though the exact constituents can vary “Outside in a landfill potentially harmful substances in the peanuts such as ... - Read More

Some mushrooms glow, and here's why

Did you know that there are mushrooms that actually glow Aristotle was aware of this intriguing fact more than 2 000 years ago He also was the first person to ask a simple question in ... - Read More

High temp superconductivity: You can't play checkers with charge ordering

CIFAR fellows were among physicists who observed the shape of a strange phenomenon that interferes with high temperature superconductivity called charge ordering discovering that it is stripy not checkered and settling a long standing debate ... - Read More

Click! That's how modern chemistry bonds nanoparticles to a substrate

Nanoparticles of various types can be quickly and permanently bonded to a solid substrate if one of the most effective methods of synthesis click chemistry is used for this purpose The novel method has been ... - Read More

Uncovering a reaction's secrets

A theoretical and experimental study could lead to improved catalysts for producing hydrogen fuel from waste biomass Experimental analysis and computer simulations reveal new insights into the process by which ethanol produced from waste biomass ... - Read More

'Green' batteries made to last: Oxide/carbon composite outperforms expensive platinum composites

An oxide carbon composite outperforms expensive platinum composites in oxygen chemical reactions for green energy devices Electrochemical devices are crucial to a green energy revolution in which clean alternatives replace carbon based fuels This revolution ... - Read More

New transitory form of silica observed

A Carnegie led team was able to discover five new forms of silica under extreme pressures at room temperature Their findings are published by Nature Communications Silicon dioxide commonly called silica is one of the ... - Read More

Where are the hotspots of plant diversity along boreal streams?

The patterns of plant species diversity along Swedish boreal streams are closely linked to flow of surface and sub surface water The linkages between vegetation and hydrology are tight and according to Lenka Kuglerová they ... - Read More

Hidden benefits of electric vehicles revealed

Electric vehicles are cool research shows Literally A study in this week's Scientific Reports by researchers at Michigan State University MSU and in China add more fuel to the already hot debate about whether electric ... - Read More

Buckyballs become bucky-bombs, when aimed at cancer cells

In 1996 a trio of scientists won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for their discovery of Buckminsterfullerene soccer ball shaped spheres of 60 joined carbon atoms that exhibit special physical properties Now 20 years later ... - Read More

Scientists invent new way to control light, critical for next gen of super fast computing

A device resembling a plastic honeycomb yet infinitely smaller than a bee's stinger can steer light beams around tighter curves than ever before possible while keeping the integrity and intensity of the beam intact The ... - Read More

Geoengineering proposal may backfire: Ocean pipes 'not cool,' would end up warming climate

To combat global climate change caused by greenhouse gases alternative energy sources and other types of environmental recourse actions are needed There are a variety of proposals that involve using vertical ocean pipes to move ... - Read More

'Nanofiber gusher' created

Creating large amounts of polymer nanofibers dispersed in liquid is a challenge that has vexed researchers for years But engineers and researchers at North Carolina State University and one of its start up companies have ... - Read More

Scientists decipher the spectrum of CH5+ for the first time

CH5+ formed by adding a proton H+ to the well known methane CH4 molecule is the prototype of fluxional molecules In contrast to common molecules which are depicted as a rigid structure consisting of balls ... - Read More

Poisonous Symbiosis: Scientists discover mechanics of poison production in Crotalaria

A working group at Kiel University CAU centred around Professor Dietrich Ober has discovered that symbioses between plants and bacteria are not only responsible for binding nutrients as previously assumed but can also be responsible ... - Read More

Toward better agricultural fertilization management

A new study led by researchers from UPM shows that ammonia emissions associated with crop fertilization could reduce up to 82% with a minimum impact on agricultural production The research findings conducted by several universities ... - Read More

Computer sims: In climatic tug of war, carbon released from thawing permafrost wins handily

There's a carbon showdown brewing in the Arctic as Earth's climate changes On one side thawing permafrost could release enormous amounts of long frozen carbon into the atmosphere On the opposing side as high latitude ... - Read More
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