December 22, 2017

Scientists say they have made a step forward in the fight against a wheat disease that threatens food security.

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December 21, 2017

This Christmas, Hope the pig will be the star of the first vegan advert to be screened across UK cinemas.

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December 21, 2017

The discovery of the first Allied submarine lost in World War One solves Australia's oldest naval mystery.

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December 21, 2017

They want deposits on plastic bottles and a higher levy on packaging to protect the seas from pollution.

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December 21, 2017
Institute of Atmospheric Physics Chinese Academy of Sciences

As a short-lived climate forcer, black carbon aerosols in the atmosphere play a vital role in climate change by absorbing solar radiation and altering the formation, lifespan and albedo of clouds. It also provides "seed" for haze formation in urban/regional scale. In northern China, open biomass burning (OBB), such as straw burning after harvesting, is one of important sources of refractory black carbon (rBC). OBB emits both soot particles and substantial amount of semi-volatile organic matters, both of which will undergo a very complicated mixing and evolution processes in the atmosphere to change their ability to form cloud condensation nuclei.

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December 21, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE01981E, PaperFrancesco Ambrosio, Julia Wiktor, Filippo De Angelis, Alfredo Pasquarello
To address the slow recombination of photogenerated charges in tetragonal CH3NH3PbI3, the evolution of extra electrons and holes is simulated through advanced ab initio molecular dynamics. We show...
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December 21, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE03026F, Review ArticleMohammad Rahimi, Anthony P Straub, Fang Zhang, Xiuping Zhu, Menachem Elimelech, Chris Gorski, Bruce E Logan
Low-grade heat from geothermal sources and industrial plants is a significant source of sustainable power that has great potential to be converted to electricity. The two main approaches that have...
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December 21, 2017
University of Colorado - Boulder

 In the next century, wind resources may decrease in many regions of the Northern Hemisphere and could sharply increase in some hotspot regions down south, according to a study by University of Colorado Boulder researchers. The first-of-its-kind study predicting how global wind power may shift with climate change appears today in Nature Geoscience.

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December 20, 2017

Snake populations worldwide may already be infected with a potentially deadly disease, say scientists.

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December 20, 2017

Chocolate poisoning is a risk to the family dog over the festive season, vets are warning.

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December 20, 2017

The US Coast Guard tries to save the animal tangled in line connecting bales of cocaine in the Pacific.

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December 20, 2017
Sarah Nightingale, University of California - Riverside

Equivalent of 183,000 football fields of nonagricultural land identified in study aiming to ease competition between farmers, conservationists, and energy companies.

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December 20, 2017
Yale Environment 360

China has released plans to create the world’s largest carbon emissions trading scheme, several news outlets reported. The market will initially be focused on the power sector, which produced almost half of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions last year, and will encompass 1,700 energy suppliers producing more than 3 billion tons of CO2 annually, according to Reuters.

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December 20, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02865B, CommunicationLingxiang Zhu, Mark T. Swihart, Haiqing Lin
Acid doped polybenzimidazole shows exceptionally high performance for H2/CO2 separation with unprecedented selectivity of 140 at 150 [degree]C.
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December 20, 2017
University of California – Davis

Unconventional spaces could be put to use generating renewable energy while sparing lands that could be better used to grow food, sequester carbon and protect wildlife and watersheds, says a study led by the University of California, Davis.

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December 20, 2017

Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry offer a scientist's guide

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December 20, 2017

Vandals 'took a hammer or rock' to a 115 million year old fossil, breaking off sections of its toes.

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December 20, 2017

A pod of 28 bottlenose dolphins is found to be permanently living off the south-west coast of England.

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December 19, 2017
California Institute of Technology

An imbalance between the trends in two common air pollutants is unexpectedly triggering the creation of a class of airborne organic compounds not usually found in the atmosphere over urban areas of North America, according to a new study from Caltech.

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December 19, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02874A, PaperSeung-Ho Yu, Xin Huang, Kathleen Schwarz, Rong Huang , Tomas Arias, Joel Brock, Hector D. Abruna
As the need for the development of "beyond lithium" ion battery technologies continuous unabated, lithium sulfur batteries have attracted widespread attention due to their very high theoretical energy density of...
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December 18, 2017

Researchers develop a new technique to give a more accurate advance forecast for summer weather.

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December 18, 2017

The first known interstellar asteroid may hold water from another star system in its interior, according to a study.

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December 18, 2017

It's the regulator's first investigation since taking over responsibility for BBC standards.

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December 18, 2017

Reports of a tourist flight over Antarctica highlight China's growing interest in the poles.

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December 18, 2017
DOE / Idaho National Laboratory

Carbon capture could help the nation’s coal plants reduce greenhouse gas emissions, yet economic challenges are part of the reason the technology isn’t widely used today. That could change if power plants could turn captured carbon into a usable product.

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December 18, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02444D, Review ArticleYan-Jie Wang, Wenyu Long, Lele Wang, Rusheng Yuan, Anna Ignaszak, Baizeng Fang, David P Wilkinson
Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) are considered to be an important low-carbon energy conversion technology, which has shown impressive performance improvement in the past decades. However, the sluggish kinetics...
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December 18, 2017

A four-point plan for tackling plastic waste has been outlined by the Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

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December 18, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE03013D, PaperMejd Alsari, Oier Bikondoa, James Edward Bishop, Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi, Lutfiye Y[i without dot]ld[i without dot]z Ozer, Mark Hampton, Paul Thompson, Maximilian Hoerantner, Suhas Mahesh, Claire Greenland, Emyr J. Macdonald, Giovanni Palmisano, Henry Snaith, David George Lidzey, Samuel D Stranks, Richard Friend, SAMUELE LILLIU
Metal-halide perovskites show remarkably clean semiconductor behaviour, as evidenced by their excellent solar cell performance, in spite of the presence of many structural and chemical defects. Here, we show how...
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December 16, 2017

Scientists install sensors at the Kennedy Space Center that would normally be used to monitor volcanoes.

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December 16, 2017

The renowned scientist behind BBC Two's The Great Egg Race died on Friday, his family says.

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December 15, 2017

Europe's new Sentinel-5P satellite captures a dramatic image of the smoke billowing away from wildfires.

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December 15, 2017

Scientists have found thousands of new species living in household dust.

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December 15, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02723K, PaperStefanie Zekoll, Cassian Marriner-Edwards, A. K. Ola Hekselman, Jitti Kasemchainan, Christian Kuss, David E. J. Armstrong, Dongyu Cai, Robert J. Wallace, Felix H. Richter, Job H. J. Thijssen, Peter G. Bruce
A novel templating method to create 3D bicontinuous structured hybrid electrolytes with improved mechanical properties for all-solid-state lithium batteries.
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December 15, 2017

A genetic study shows the decline of one of the rarest mammals on Earth began during the last Ice Age.

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December 14, 2017

If you missed the annual Geminid meteor shower, cameras captured the celestial display over China.

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December 14, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE03397D, PerspectiveLioz Etgar
This perspective paper focuses on the dimensionality of organic-inorganic halide perovskite and its relevant advantages over 3D perovskite. The charges in two-dimensional (2D) materials are restricted in their movement to...
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December 14, 2017

Neonicotinoids have increasingly been linked to problems in bee populations.

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December 14, 2017

Nasa finds a distant star circled by eight planets, equal to the complement in our own Solar System.

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December 14, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE03122J, Review ArticleChun Zhan, Tianpin Wu, Jun Lu, Khalil Amine
Unlike the revolutionary advances in anodes of the lithium ion batteries from Li intercalation materials to Li alloy and/or conversion reaction materials, the development of the cathode is still dominated...
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December 14, 2017

Geologists made the discovery while exploring volcanic rocks near Broadford.

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December 14, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02641B, PaperTao Wang, Zhi-Xin Chen, Song Yu, Tian Sheng, Hai-Bin Ma, Lu-Ning Chen, Muhammad Rauf, Hai-Ping Xia, Zhi-You Zhou, Shi-Gang Sun
Pt surface is modified with 2,6-diacetylpyridine, which exhibits high H2S and CO tolerance for H2 oxidation through steric hindrance.
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December 14, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02236K, PaperKlaudia Wagner, Prerna Tiwari, Gerhard F. Swiegers, Gordon G. Wallace
In this work we report a novel liquid-acid electrochemical cell containing Gortex-based gas diffusion electrodes, layered with suitable catalysts and current collectors, that is capable of sustainably extracting pure hydrogen from methane mixtures containing as little as 5% hydrogen.
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December 13, 2017

Scientists established how much rain fell by measuring how much the Earth compressed during the storm.

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December 13, 2017

Scientists stitch together decades of survey data to reveal a hidden world of mountains and canyons.

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December 13, 2017

A new fossil is shedding light on the marine reptiles that swam at the time of the dinosaurs.

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December 13, 2017
University of York

Scientists at the University of York have used sea water collected from Whitby in North Yorkshire, and scrap metal to develop a technology that could help capture more than 850 million tonnes of unwanted carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

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December 13, 2017

A last-ditch effort to save the world's rarest marine mammal from extinction has been launched.

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December 13, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02772A, PaperXiaoliang Zhang, Viktor A. Oberg, Juan Du, Jianhua Liu, Erik M. J. Johansson
Lightweight and flexible solar cells are highly interesting for new applications, such as in spacecraft, aircraft and personal pack load. PbS colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) have a broad and strong...
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December 12, 2017

The reliably frozen Arctic is history, say scientists who warn of an unprecedented rate of warming.

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December 12, 2017

New observations suggest America's Pluto probe will see more than one object on its next flyby.

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