Category: Technology

GM trees ‘strangled’ by red tape

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentUS researchers say it has become “virtually impossible” to plant genetically modified trees in any part of the world. Topic: Biodiversity, Disasters, Technology

Carbon fibres made from air

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentChemists discover a way to take carbon dioxide from the air and make carbon nanofibres, a valuable manufacturing material. Topic: Technology

Surge in Renewables Remakes California’s Energy Landscape

California Solar
Originally Published by Yale Environment 360Thanks to favorable geography, innovative government policies, and businesses that see the benefits of clean energy investments, California is closing in on its goal of generating a third of its electricity from renewables by 2020. Topic: Energy, Technology

Solar Impulse lands in Hawaii after longest non-stop solo flight in history

Solar Impulse
Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianVeteran pilot tested to the limit of endurance on record-breaking solar-powered flight across the Pacific, on the seventh leg of round-the-world journey Topic: Technology

More Light From Metamaterials

Originally Published by IEEE Spectrum Recent ContentA material that manipulates light in unusual ways could lead to a whole variety of exotic devices, including microscopes capable of seeing inside cells, optical circuits for quantum computers, and invisibility cloaks. Topic: Technology

Implant Fights Stroke, Tinnitus by Retraining the Brain

Originally Published by IEEE Spectrum Recent ContentMicrotransponder’s vagus nerve stimulator uses precisely-timed jolts to help stroke victims relearn movements more quickly. Topic: Technology

Cutting toxic waste: All shook up for greener chemistry

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailySolvent-free chemistry, more common in Europe and Asia, is gaining notice among American manufacturers due to environmental concerns and rising costs in reducing toxic waste. Chemists are now examining trends and benefits of mechanochemistry. Topic: Technology

Innovative components pave way for cheaper wind energy

Windmills in the ocean. Photo: Sergiy Serdyuk/iStockphoto
Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyWind turbines began cropping up across the landscapes of Spain and Germany in the 1990s’. These two countries have the highest wind energy production in the EU. But according to the Global Wind Energy Council, the global installed power capacity in Europe — which is 134,007 MW […]

Graphene light bulb set for shops

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentA light bulb made from graphene – said by its UK developers to be the first commercially viable consumer product using the super-strong carbon – is to go on sale later this year. Topic: Technology

Snffing out origins of methane: instrument identifies methane’s origins in mines, deep-sea vents, and cows

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyMethane is a potent greenhouse gas, second only to carbon dioxide in its capacity to trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere for a long time. The gas can originate from lakes and swamps, natural-gas pipelines, deep-sea vents, and livestock. Understanding the sources of methane, and how the gas […]