November 27, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, 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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November 27, 2017

Targets for reducing illegal levels of NO2 pollution from vehicles will be achieved more quickly than the government expects, a study says.

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November 27, 2017

World land-speed record-holder Andy Green describes the performance of his new new car - Bloodhound SSC.

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November 27, 2017
University of Tennessee - Knoxville

There’s a century-old adage coined by the paper industry that claims “you can make anything from lignin except a profit.”Art Ragauskas has heard this maxim countless times during his career, and it gets him a little riled up every time he hears it. As the UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Biorefining, Ragauskas is channeling that ire into proving that the old saying’s time has come and gone.

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November 27, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02102J, PaperClea Kolster, Mohammad S. Masnadi, Samuel Krevor, Niall Mac Dowell, Adam R. Brandt
Using carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) has been widely cited as a potential catalyst for gigatonne-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) deployment.
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November 26, 2017

Biodiversity in Lake Victoria has fallen by 50% since the 1980s.

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November 24, 2017

When fly-tipping occurs on private property, it can be very costly for landowners.

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November 24, 2017
National University of Singapore

A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a prototype device that mimics natural photosynthesis to produce ethylene gas using only sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. The novel method, which produces ethylene at room temperature and pressure using benign chemicals, could be scaled up to provide a more eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to the current method of ethylene production.  

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November 24, 2017

Flies' disease-carrying potential may be greater than previously thought, say US researchers.

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November 23, 2017

Scientists call the new timelapse video the "most complete global picture of life on Earth to date".

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November 23, 2017

Patients became less distressed and heard voices less often compared with those who had counselling.

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November 23, 2017

A population of finches on the Galapagos is discovered in the process of becoming a new species.

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November 23, 2017
University of East Anglia

The flow of China’s carbon emissions has reversed according to new research led by scientists at the University of East Anglia.

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November 23, 2017

Concerns that Dolly the cloned sheep had early-onset arthritis were unfounded, scientists say.

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November 23, 2017

The fatty acids released in cooking may help form clouds that limit global warming, say scientists.

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November 22, 2017

But there is no reason to start drinking coffee for health reasons, the BMJ study found.

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November 22, 2017

There's been a 90% drop in the trade in wild birds around the globe mainly due to an EU ban, say researchers.

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November 22, 2017

Satellite images show that artificially-lit areas are expanding around the world.

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November 22, 2017

Neutrinos are famous for travelling through solid objects, but they don't go through everything, a study shows.

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November 22, 2017
Elsevier

Power stored in electric cars could be sent back to the grid – thereby supporting the grid and acting as a potential storage for clean energy – but it will only be economically viable if we upgrade the system first. In a new paper in Energy Policy, two scientists show how their seemingly contradictory findings actually point to the same outcome and recommendations: that pumping energy back into the grid using today’s technology can damage car batteries, but with improvements in the system it has the potential to provide valuable clean energy – and improve battery life in the process.

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November 22, 2017

Much of the world is "losing the night" as artificial light becomes brighter and more widespread, say scientists.

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November 22, 2017

Plague was present in Europe during the late Stone Age, according to a study of ancient remains.

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November 22, 2017

The Chancellor Philip Hammond has made investment in research the centrepiece of his budget.

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November 22, 2017

The genes that caused scales to become feathers in the early ancestors of birds have been found by US scientists.

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November 21, 2017

A Supreme Court Justice launches the first of a series of scientific guides for UK judges.

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November 21, 2017

More than 70,000 seeds have been sent from Kew's Millennium Seed Bank to Lebanon, for vital crop research.

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November 21, 2017

The biohacker movement wants to cure disease without the help of government or big companies

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November 21, 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 21, 2017
University of Texas at Arlington

Three new research studies from the University of Texas at Arlington have found harmful pathogenic bacteria in Texas groundwater near unconventional natural gas extraction sites.

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November 21, 2017

Thousands more cases - including violent and sexual crimes - could be affected by "manipulated" tests.

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November 21, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02677C, PaperGang Zheng, Xianli Su, Hongyao Xie, Yuejiao Shu, Tao Liang, Xiaoyu She, Wei Liu, Yonggao Yan, Qingjie Zhang, Ctirad Uher, Mercouri Kanatzidis, Xinfeng Tang
The traditional zone melting (ZM) method for the fabrication of state of the art Bi2Te3-based thermoelectric materials has long been considered a time and energy intensive process. Herein, a combustion...
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November 21, 2017

The weather service says the levels of a radioactive isotope were nearly 1,000 times normal levels.

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November 21, 2017

Europe's top court says Poland must prove it has stopped logging in Bialowieza forest or face fines.

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November 20, 2017
Yale Environment 360

Nebraska regulators have given the final approval for the Keystone XL pipeline to run through their state, eliminating the last major regulatory obstacle preventing the completion of the 1,179-mile pipeline system that would help carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to refineries in Texas.

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November 20, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02702H, PaperKorina Kuhar, Andrea Crovetto, Mohnish Pandey, Kristian Sommer Thygesen, Brian Joseph Seger, Peter C K Vesborg, Ole Hansen, Ib Chorkendorff, Karsten Wedel Jacobsen
One of the key challenges in photoelectrochemical water splitting is to identify efficient semiconductors with band gaps of the order of ~2 eV to operate as the large-band-gap component in...
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November 20, 2017

The spectacular albatrosses featured in the BBC's Blue Planet series have seen a big slump in numbers.

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November 20, 2017

An asteroid that visited our Solar System from interstellar space is one of the most elongated celestial bodies known to science.

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November 20, 2017
Hokkaido University

Novel approach utilizes high mobility two-dimensional electron gas, boosting thermoelectric conversion efficiency.

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November 20, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02819A, PerspectiveJuan Carlos Abanades, Edward S. Rubin, Marco Mazzotti, Howard J. Herzog
CO2 capture and conversion to fuels using renewable energy is being promoted as a climate change mitigation measure that reduces fossil fuel use by effectively recycling carbon. We examine this...
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November 20, 2017

Simon Reinhard mastered the Method of Loci to become a European memory champion.

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November 20, 2017

The melting glacier contributing most to sea-level rise currently may be more resilient than previously recognised.

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November 18, 2017

The Balkan country has the world's second highest death rate caused by air pollution.

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November 18, 2017

Floods have been a deadly staple of 2017. But can you protect yourself against the natural disaster?

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November 17, 2017

The plant in the US state of California stores enough energy to power 20,000 homes for four hours.

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November 17, 2017

UN climate talks finish with progress on technical issues but with questions on carbon cuts unresolved.

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November 17, 2017

The US president's move comes a day after US hunters were told they could import elephant trophies.

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November 17, 2017

As the UN climate change conference ends, BBC Science's David Shukman takes a look at melting ice caps.

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November 17, 2017
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

In large parts of the developing world, people have abundant heat from the sun during the day, but most cooking takes place later in the evening when the sun is down, using fuel — such as wood, brush or dung — that is collected with significant time and effort.

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November 17, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02420G, PaperLeo Duchene, Ruben-Simon Kuhnel, Evelyn Stilp, Eduardo Cuervo-Reyes, Arndt Remhof, Hans Hagemann, Corsin Battaglia
We report on a particularly stable 3 V all-solid-state sodium-ion battery built using a closo-borate based electrolyte, namely Na2(B12H12)0.5(B10H10)0.5. Battery performance is enhanced through the creation of an intimate cathode-electrolyte...
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November 17, 2017

Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C7EE02307C, PaperReshma R Rao, Manuel J Kolb, Niels Bendtsen Halck, Anders Filsoe Pedersen, Apurva Mehta, Hoydoo You, Kelsey A Stoerzinger, Zhenxing Feng, Heine Anton Hansen, Hua Zhou, Livia Giordano, Jan Rosmeisl, Tejs Vegge, Ib Chorkendorff, Ifan Stephens, Yang Shao-horn
While the surface atomic structure of RuO2 has been well studied in ultra high vacuum, much less is known about the interaction between water and RuO2 in aqueous solution. In...
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