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How to make palm oil without destroying forests

09-Mar-2015

The versatility of palm oil has led to its use in not just food products but also in everyday goods from lipstick to laundry detergent. But its utility has resulted in the destruction of Southeast Asian rain forests that are the primary source of the oil. An article in Chemical & Engineering News ...

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Sodium carbonate capsules used to capture carbon safely

10-Feb-2015

Using the same baking soda found in most grocery stores, Lawrence Livermore scientists, along with colleagues from Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have created a significant advance in carbon dioxide capture.The team developed a new type of carbon capture ...

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What's in the grime tarnishing the Taj Mahal?

09-Jan-2015

Every several years, workers apply a clay mask to India's iconic but yellowing Taj Mahal to remove layers of grime and reveal the white marble underneath. Now scientists are getting to the bottom of what kinds of pollutants are discoloring one of the world's celebrated wonders. Their findings, ...

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Major class of fracking chemicals no more toxic than common household substances

18-Nov-2014

The "surfactant" chemicals found in samples of fracking fluid collected in five states were no more toxic than substances commonly found in homes, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder. Fracking fluid is largely comprised of water and sand, ...

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UH chemists develop porous molecules that bind greenhouse gases

17-Nov-2014

A team of University of Houston (UH) chemistry researchers have developed a molecule that assembles spontaneously into a lightweight structure with microscopic pores capable of binding large quantities of several potent greenhouse gases. "Greenhouse gases, such a carbon dioxide, have received ...

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Where did all the oil go?

A UCSB professor's analysis traces oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon event to its resting place on the Gulf of Mexico's deep floor

29-Oct-2014

Due to its unprecedented scope, the damage assessment caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been a challenge. One unsolved puzzle is the location of 2 million barrels of submerged oil thought to be trapped in the deep ocean.UC Santa Barbara's David Valentine and ...

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Better batteries from waste sulfur

16-Apr-2013

A new chemical process can transform waste sulfur into a lightweight plastic that may improve batteries for electric cars, reports a University of Arizona-led team. The new plastic has other potential uses, including optical uses. The team has successfully used the new plastic to make ...

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Silver nanoparticles may adversely affect environment

04-Mar-2013

In experiments mimicking a natural environment, Duke University researchers have demonstrated that the silver nanoparticles used in many consumer products can have an adverse effect on plants and microorganisms.Fifty days after scientists applied a single low dose of silver nanoparticles, the ...

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Self-powered herbicide biosensor

31-Jan-2013

A self-powered biosensor that can detect herbicides in water has been developed by US scientists. Most commercial herbicides act by inhibiting photosynthesis in plants. Unfortunately, photosynthetic aquatic microorganisms and aquatic plants are also similarly affected, which is why herbicides are ...

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Scotch tape finds new use as grasping 'smart material'

26-Nov-2012

Scotch tape, a versatile household staple and a mainstay of holiday gift-wrapping, may have a new scientific application as a shape-changing "smart material." Researchers used a laser to form slender half-centimeter-long fingers out of the tape. When exposed to water, the four wispy fingers morph ...

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