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Carbon Nanotubes Dangerous to the Environment

Carbon Nanotubes Dangerous to the Environment

Scientists from the research center Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (FZD) have discovered worrying properties of carbon nanotubes, which indicate that nanotube production may be dangerous to the environment. Their discovery, they say, may halt an otherwise diverse and fertile research area. Atomic ...

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Converting Wastewater into Clean Energy

Converting Wastewater into Clean Energy

Waltham Technologies, a new Boston-based startup founded by Una Ryan, is using blue-green algae to decontaminate wastewater while creating a viable source of clean energy at the same time. The algae eats carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the ...

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Buckyballs Prevent Water Biofouling

Buckyballs Prevent Water Biofouling

Researchers at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina have shown that buckyballs could prevent bacteria and other contaminants from attaching to water pipes and the membranes used to filter water in filtration plants. When bacteria attach to these surfaces, they ...

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From Waves to Electricity

From Waves to Electricity

Aquamarine Power of Aberdeen, Scotland has invented the Oyster Hydro-Electric Wave Energy Converter, a device that turns ocean waves into usable electricity. Designed for deployment in multi-device arrays capable of powering up to 3000 average homes each, Oyster differs from ...

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Wave Treader Hydro Power

Wave Treader Hydro Power

Green Ocean Energy, Ltd. of Aberdeen, Scotland has developed a hydro power attachment to offshore wind turbines. The Wave Treader is a set of two floats that connect to the base of a wind turbine. As the floats are raised ...

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Harder than Diamond

Harder than Diamond

Researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas have calculated that compressed lonsdaleite (also called a hexagonal diamond) is 58% harder than a diamond. Traditionally, lonsdaleite has been rated between 7 and 8 on the ...

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The Wave That Changed Science

The Wave That Changed Science

Over the centuries many sailors described seeing huge ocean waves, monsters of the seas that towered to heights of 30 meters and more. Those Rogue Waves, as they were called, appeared suddenly and rammed into the unfortunate vessel. Scientists tended ...

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Microsensors to Measure Pollutants on Site

Microsensors to Measure Pollutants on Site

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have recently developed a miniature sensor that can measure air and water pollution levels. The sensor utilizes polymer membranes deposited on a tiny silicon disk to measure various pollutants present the air and ...

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Biosphere 2 to Live On

Biosphere 2 to Live On

The University of Arizona recently announced that it will be taking on the operation of the Biosphere 2 Project, which was on the verge of being shut down after it ran out of money. This announcement is now giving hope ...

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Hurricane Machine will Help Save Lives

Hurricane Machine will Help Save Lives

Just as another hurricane season is beginning, researchers from the University of Florida unveiled the world’s largest portable hurricane wind and rain simulator. Unlike meteorologists who usually use computer simulators, the University of Florida engineers developed an actual industrial scale ...

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