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Want Safer and Cheaper Solar Panels? Just Add Salt

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Researchers switch out a toxic chemical in solar cells for a salt found in tofu

Solar power may be one of the cleanest energy sources, but one way of producing solar cells is actually quite toxic. A new study points to a safer and cheaper method, using an ingredient that is also used to make tofu. Researchers at the University of Liverpool discovered that a salt used to produce the fermented bean curd, as well as to de-ice roads, could be a new ingredient in making solar......read more

OCEARCH Tracks Ocean Giants

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Marine research non-profit tracks Great White Sharks in the name of conservation

For the past couple of years, marine research organization OCEARCH has been getting up close and personal with Great White Sharks to learn more about their behavior. Just over a week ago, a crew led by OCEARCH Founder and Expedition Leader Chris Fischer tagged their first Great White of the season, all within eyeshot of Monomoy Island, Cape Cod. Her name? Betsy. Weighing in......read more

Charge Your EV While You Drive

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Stanford research tech could lead to wireless charging of electric vehicles

A new report from Stanford University offers a striking glimpse of our transportation future, and let us be the first to say, it looks pretty sweet. Stanford researchers have designed a system through which electric vehicles could be charged wirelessly simply by driving on the highway. Whoa. One of the main drawbacks of EVs is their limited driving range. This new technology, known as......read more

Green Cement

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German researchers look to reduce emissions from cement production.

Cement production accounts for five percent of global CO2 emissions, which is double the emissions from all airline traffic. That spells a massive greenhouse gas problem, just so society can continue to build and expand its infrastructures. But there has to be another way, right? Cement is the glue that holds concrete together. Concrete is so ubiquitous as to be nearly invisible. Producing the......read more

Solar Roads

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Rhode Island researchers look to harvest solar energy from asphalt.

There are 2.7 million miles of roads stretching across the United States. On hot days, all that asphalt absorbs warmth from the sun, heating to 140 degrees or more. The energy potential of this phenomenon has not gone unnoticed. Researchers from the University of Rhode Island are looking into several ways to harness the solar energy potential of roads to melt ice, power streetlights and signs,......read more

Nano-Thin Solar Cell Potential

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Stanford engineers reach breakthrough in solar energy research.

Researchers at Stanford University may have reached a breakthrough in their efforts to improve solar efficiency and affordability. According to Stanford University News, the scientists discovered that "by properly configuring the thicknesses of several thin layers of films, an organic polymer thin film could absorb as much as 10 times more energy from sunlight than was thought......read more

The Enormous Effects of Energy Efficiency

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Energy efficiency may have twice the impact of renewable energy, says a research report from Australia.

The shift away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy sources is obviously a key aspect of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But, according to a newly released report from the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) of Australia, it's not nearly as important as taking measures to improve energy efficiency. "The International Energy Agency estimates that energy efficiency will deliver 65 per......read more

Hot Pants

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New nanotechnology research means your pants may one day power your iPod.

The human body is constantly moving around and creating energy. Wouldn't it be convenient if we could harness that energy to do things like charge our electronic devices? According to scientists at UC Berkeley, we can. Researchers are developing this breakthrough technology that will enable individuals to create their own renewable energy. The scientists are using microscopic fibers known as......read more

Mining For Algae

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Researchers in Missouri aim to grow algae for biofuel in abandoned mines.

Based in Brooklyn, Nightwood is a home decor shop specializing in its own brand of reconstructed furniture and textiles. Owner-designers Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron salvage woods and fabrics and reincarnate them as beautifully rustic, original pieces. Last week, the Nightwood pop-up shop at a downtown Brooklyn condo development. If you're in the area, be sure to swing by. For more......read more

Gas Station Rankings

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Research helps consumers choose the best (or least bad) gas stations based on environmental and human rights records.

In a perfect world we'd all be flying around the city in upcycled bathtubs with wings, powered by garbage-burning engines that emit nothing but cold, fresh drinking water. Last time we checked, those weren't invented. So for the time being, we'll have to make do with our hybrids and our—gasp!—fully gas-powered vehicles. Which means, as of now, gasoline is a necessary......read more

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