Category: environment

Scientists Recycle Plastic Bags Into Graphene

University of Adelaide researchers have developed a process for turning waste plastic bags into a high-tech nanomaterial. The innovative nanotechnology uses non-biodegradable plastic grocery bags to make ‘carbon nanotube membranes’ – highly sophisticated and expensive materials with a variety of potential advanced applications including filtration, sensing, energy storage and a range of biomedical innovations. “Non-biodegradable…

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Fracking Proponent Claims “Nature doesn’t give us a clean environment.”

by Alex Pietrowski Recently on Fox News, Alex Epstein, the founder of the Center for Industrial Progress, and author of the book, Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet, argues in favor of hydraulic gas fracturing, or fracking, as it has become known. This is the technique of extracting natural gas and oil from layers of underground…

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Toward a Truly White Organic LED

By inserting platinum atoms into an organic semiconductor, University of Utah physicists were able to “tune” the plastic-like polymer to emit light of different colors – a step toward more efficient, less expensive and truly white organic LEDs for light bulbs of the future. “These new, platinum-rich polymers hold promise for white organic light-emitting diodes…

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Thousands Of Genetically Modified Insects Are Set For Release

by Arjun Walia Thousands of Genetically Modified (GM) insects developed by British scientists are set to be released into fields across Europe as an alternative to chemical pesticides. Granted, pesticides have been responsible for jeopardizing human health, damaging the environment and killing millions of bees and other insects, but is the proper solution manufacturing genetically…

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Can Radio Waves Completely Transform Agriculture?

By Natural Blaze A single innovation from an octogenarian professor in Ireland is raising eyebrows and gaining accolades, though it is strangely absent in the U.S. mainstream media. Professor Austin Darragh of Limerick University is employing a new use of radio wave technology that could be called the new or real miracle grow. The consequences…

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Scientists Reverse Engineer Plants to Make Hydrogen Fuel From Sunlight

“In coupling the absorption of visible light with the production of hydrogen in one material, we can generate a fuel simply by illuminating our photocathode — No external electrochemical forward biasing is required.” Natural Blaze In the search for clean, green sustainable energy sources to meet human needs for generations to come, perhaps no technology…

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‘Safe’ levels of environmental pollution may have long-term health consequences

Natural Blaze New research in The FASEB Journal suggests that lifelong exposure to very low levels of food contaminants leads to metabolic diseases. Bethesda, MD—If you’re eating better and exercising regularly, but still aren’t seeing improvements in your health, there might be a reason: pollution. According to a new research report published in the September…

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Breakthrough Leads to More Efficient Fuel from Biomass

Biomass fuel refining breakthrough leads to potential to displace 30% or more of total US petroleum production. A fungus and E. coli bacteria have joined forces to turn tough, waste plant material into isobutanol, a biofuel that matches gasoline’s properties better than ethanol. University of Michigan research team members said the principle also could be…

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Hemp vs Cotton: The Ultimate Showdown

by Joe Martino Hemp has been making a lot of noise lately, especially with the growing awareness surrounding the use of hemp oil for treating cancer. Although the word ‘hemp’ still often gets confused and lumped into the same definition as Cannabis, a similar but psychoactive plant, it’s important to realize hemp can be a…

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