December 5, 2017

Scientists hope the public will help them record the sounds of the amphibians via an app.

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December 4, 2017

Wild relatives of modern crops deemed crucial for food security are threatened with extinction.

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December 4, 2017

Migratory birds are arriving in the UK earlier each spring and leaving later each autumn, a study shows.

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December 4, 2017

Life in the seas risks irreparable damage from the ever-increasing tide of plastic waste, the UN's head of oceans has warned.

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December 4, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02415K, PaperWolfgang Tress, Mozhgan Yavari, Konrad Domanski, Pankaj Yadav, Bjoern Niesen, Juan Pablo Correa Baena, Anders Hagfeldt, Michael Graetzel
Insights into the interplay of different recombination mechanisms and their origins (bulk, surface) are provided comparing fresh, light-soaked and aged devices.
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December 4, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02220D, PerspectiveChunxian Guo, Jingrun Ran, Anthony Vasileff, Shi-Zhang Qiao
This perspective highlights the rational design of efficient electrocatalysts and photo(electro)catalysts for N2 reduction to ammonia (NH3) under ambient conditions.
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December 4, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE01657C, PaperOpen Access Open Access Creative Commons Licence&nbsp This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence.Sarah Deutz, Dominik Bongartz, Benedikt Heuser, Arne Katelhon, Luisa Schulze Langenhorst, Ahmad Omari, Marius Walters, Jurgen Klankermayer, Walter Leitner, Alexander Mitsos, Stefan Pischinger, Andre Bardow
A well-to-wheel LCA shows that OME1 could serve as an almost carbon-neutral blending component in diesel while even also strongly reducing the NOx and soot emissions.
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December 4, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE03083E, CommunicationLinda Nazar, Zhizhen Zhang, Erika Ramos, Fabien Lalere, Abdeljalil Assoud, Kavish Kaup, Pascal Hartmann
We report a new sodium superionic conductor, Na11Sn2PS12, that crystallizes in an unprecedented three-dimensional structure type and exhibits an ionic conductivity of 1.4 mS cm-1, with a very low activation...
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December 4, 2017

Skywatchers have enjoyed spectacular views of the Moon appearing larger and brighter in the sky.

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December 3, 2017

Tom Kerrs from the Royal Observatory explains the phenomenon that causes the moon to look larger and brighter.

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December 3, 2017

Gitanjali Rao's device uses carbon nanotubes to detect the presence of lead in water.

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December 2, 2017

On Twitter, Nigel Gibbens says the pens are a "necessary defence" against bird flu.

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December 1, 2017

In the middle of the 18th century, a large flightless bird became extinct on an Indian Ocean island.

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December 1, 2017
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified a common set of genes that enable different drought-resistant plants to survive in semi-arid conditions, which could play a significant role in bioengineering and creating energy crops that are tolerant to water deficits.

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December 1, 2017

Researchers develop a new speedy approach to estimate the true size of very large earthquakes.

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December 1, 2017
Institute of Industrial Science - The University of Tokyo

Tokyo - Roof-mounted solar panels are an increasingly common sight in many places. As a source of cheap, clean electricity, their advantages are obvious. However, most solar panels are opaque, and therefore cannot be placed over windows. Now, researchers at The University of Tokyo's Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) have made developments in the design of transparent solar materials.

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December 1, 2017

A UK-Dutch-built Earth observing spacecraft shows its promise with some stunning images of pollution.

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November 30, 2017

A plan for zero tolerance of plastic pollution of the oceans may be agreed by nations at a UN environment summit.

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November 30, 2017

Sir Isaac Newton's papers and personal accounts are added to a Unesco register of globally important documents.

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November 30, 2017

A collection of 200 eggs gives new insights into the development of the extinct flying reptiles.

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November 30, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02641B, PaperTao Wang, Zhixin Chen, Song Yu, Tian Sheng, Hai-Bin Ma, Lu-Ning Chen, Muhammad Rauf, Haiping Xia, Zhi-You Zhou, Shi-Gang Sun
Rational design and construction of local environment of active sites on noble metal surfaces are a promising but challenging approach for developing high-selectivity catalysts. Here, we present an effective approach...
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November 30, 2017
Tufts University

The direct oxidation of methane—found in natural gas—into methanol at low temperatures has long been a holy grail. Now, researchers at Tufts have found a breakthrough way to accomplish the feat using a heterogeneous catalyst and cheap molecular oxygen, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature by a team led by Tufts University chemical engineers.

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November 30, 2017

Nasa releases footage captured over China, Korea and Japan of "lightning, city lights and fishing boats".

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November 30, 2017

After digitising old weather data from atop Ben Nevis, citizen scientists tackle a much bigger project.

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November 29, 2017

A bacterium made with "unnatural" DNA assembles proteins - a key characteristic of a functioning organism.

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November 29, 2017

Archaeologists believe they may have uncovered the first evidence of Julius Caesar's invasion of Britain.

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November 29, 2017

Prehistoric women's manual work was tougher than rowing in today's elite boat crews, say scientists.

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November 29, 2017
University of New Hampshire

Much like a forensic team recreates a scene to determine how a crime was committed, researchers at the University of New Hampshire are using scientific sleuthing to better understand the journey of magma, or molten rock, in one of Europe’s largest and most active volcanos, Mount Etna. Researchers applied several techniques, in a new way, to create a more accurate picture of the volcano’s plumbing system and how quickly the magma rises to the top to cause an eruption. Their findings contribute to our understanding of how and when volcanoes erupt.

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November 29, 2017
Stanford University

With global carbon emissions on the rise, wind power continues to be an attractive option for states and countries looking to limit fossil fuel use and increase renewable energy. Wind already accounts for over 5 percent of electricity generation in the United States. However, a number of issues plague the low-carbon energy source, such as complaints from nearby residents about noise and the killing of hundreds of thousands of birds and bats each year that collide with turbine blades.

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November 29, 2017

A wildlife trust has asked people to get in touch if they spot the creatures.

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November 29, 2017

Hunting animals with the biggest horns, tusks or manes could lead to extinction, according to a study.

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November 29, 2017

Archaeologists say evidence indicates Caesar's invasion in 54BC began in Kent.

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November 29, 2017

The astrophysicist says at the time students weren't awarded Nobel Prizes.

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November 28, 2017

Confusion over food labels is prompting people to throw away usable produce, waste agency claims.

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November 28, 2017

Coral is growing on the Great Barrier Reef after first being grown in tanks, say researchers.

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November 28, 2017

Astronaut Randy Bresnik shares footage of a maintenance mission outside the International Space Station.

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November 28, 2017

The latest trio has been introduced to Knapdale Forest in Argyll, Scotland.

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November 28, 2017

One of the world's earliest urban civilisations thrived in the absence of a big Himalayan river, a new study finds.

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November 28, 2017

A British spacecraft is trying to clean up what we send up but never bring down.

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November 28, 2017

A spacecraft that will test the best methods to clean up space debris is nearing completion.

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November 28, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02640D, PaperSeonghun Kim, Guangxia Piao, Dong Suk Han, Ho Kyong Shon, Hyunwoong Park
A novel sunlight-water-energy nexus technology is presented that combines the photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) desalination of saline water and desalination-driven wastewater remediation coupled with the production of molecular hydrogen (H2) from water....
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November 28, 2017
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo

Expansion of sugarcane cultivation in Brazil for ethanol production in areas not under environmental protection or reserved for food production could potentially replace up to 13.7% of world crude oil consumption and reduce global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by as much as 5.6% by 2045.

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November 28, 2017
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

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November 28, 2017

Developing brain circuits shape how adolescents approach their goals, say US psychologists.

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November 28, 2017
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT researchers have developed a new system that could potentially be used for converting power plant emissions of carbon dioxide into useful fuels for cars, trucks, and planes, as well as into chemical feedstocks for a wide variety of products.

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November 28, 2017

The Meteor satellite was found not to be on its planned orbit, hours after launch from a new base.

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November 27, 2017

The red kite is still at risk from poisoning despite the success of conservation schemes, say scientists.

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November 27, 2017

A structure that allows sound information to be processed extremely fast has been identified in bats' brains.

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November 27, 2017

The EU will renew glyphosate's licence for five years, despite some health concerns.

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November 27, 2017
Imperial College London

The oil industry incentivises the development of carbon-capturing tech, but researchers say this will not reduce emissions to low enough levels.

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