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Plastic-eating caterpillar could chomp landfill and litter

Butterfly larvae that feast on beeswax can also chow down on polyethylene shopping bags. Andrew Masterson reports.

22 hours ago from Cosmos Magazine

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Tweaked titanium turns C02 into solar fuel

An ability to convert carbon dioxide into energy using only the power of the sun, as plants do through photosynthesis, would be a monumental breakthrough in green energy research. More ...

6 hours ago from Gizmag

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Light can improve perovskite solar cell performance

Publishing in Nature, EPFL scientists show how light affects perovskite film formation in solar cells, which is a critical factor in using them for cost-effective and energy-efficient photovoltaics.

6 hours ago from TechXplore

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The 3-D Printer That Could Finally Change Manufacturing

Desktop Metal thinks its machines will give designers and manufacturers a practical and affordable way to print metal parts.

Tue 25 Apr 17 from MIT Technology Review

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Directing movement of water over a surface using light could clean up oil drilling

Oil and water don't mix, but they can make a messy froth that makes it difficult to separate the two. In an effort to keep the two separated, engineers at MIT are literally shining a ...

21 hours ago from Gizmag

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Researchers invent process to make sustainable rubber, plastics

Synthetic rubber and plastics - used for manufacturing tires, toys and myriad other products - are produced from butadiene, a molecule traditionally made from petroleum or natural gas. But those ...

Mon 24 Apr 17 from Phys.org

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Freezing lithium batteries may make them safer and bendable

Yuan Yang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a new method that could lead to lithium batteries that are safer, have longer battery ...

Mon 24 Apr 17 from Phys.org

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Researchers develop eco-friendly, 4-in-1 catalyst

Brown University researchers have developed a new composite catalyst that can perform four separate chemical reactions in sequential order and in one container to produce compounds useful in ...

Mon 24 Apr 17 from Phys.org

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Machine learning dramatically streamlines search for more efficient chemical reactions

Even a simple chemical reaction can be surprisingly complicated. That's especially true for reactions involving catalysts, which speed up the chemistry that makes fuel, fertilizer and other ...

Tue 25 Apr 17 from Phys.org

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Simple technique produces stronger polymers

Plastic, rubber, and many other useful materials are made of polymers—long chains arranged in a cross-linked network. At the molecular level, these polymer networks contain structural flaws ...

Mon 24 Apr 17 from Phys.org

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