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The saliva of the wax moth contains enzymes capable of degrading plastic

A team of CSIC researchers discovers that the saliva of this insect harbors enzymes that initiate the degradation of polyethylene in a short time


A team of CSIC researchers has discovered that the saliva of the wax moth degrades plastic, which could have numerous applications in the treatment or recycling of plastic waste. This team discovered in 2017 that this species of worm (the lepidopteran Galleria mellonella) is capable of breaking ...


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Halogens emitted from oceans amplify global warming of methane in the atmosphere

Iodine, bromine and chlorine transferred from the ocean have increased the lifetime and greenhouse effect of this gas by 6% to 9% over the century.


An international team, led by researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), has performed climate-related chemistry simulations to assess the impact of oceanic emissions of halogenated compounds (iodine, bromine and chlorine) on methane in the atmosphere, the second most ...


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New system based on protonated ceramic membranes produces hydrogen industrially

An international team publishes a system that generates this universal fuel with almost no waste


An international team involving the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ), a joint center of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), has developed a new electrified reactor to obtain hydrogen in a more sustainable and energy-efficient way. ...


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CSIC presents its prototype vanadium battery for large-scale electrical energy storage

10 kW redox flow demonstrator paves the way for a 50 kW flow battery


A team of CSIC researchers has developed a 10 kilowatt (kW) vanadium redox flow battery prototype to demonstrate its viability as a large-scale electrical energy storage system, especially for renewable energies. This 10 kW prototype (10 kW of power and 20 kWh of energy) makes it possible to ...


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New, more sustainable catalyst developed for fine chemicals industry

Researchers optimize the production of benzimidazoles, organic compounds widely used in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries


A research group at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ), a joint center of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), has developed a process to obtain benzimidazoles, organic compounds widely used in the fine chemicals industry, in a ...


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Portable and inexpensive stochastic lasers with applications in microscopy

This is the first time such lasers have been obtained using electrical power, according to a study published in 'Nature Photonics'


Research led by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has succeeded in developing a new technique for the fabrication of stochastic lasers using electrical power, as described in Nature Photonics. Conventional lasers are characterized by emitting a coherent beam of light, in a direction ...


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Study shows that ingestion of microplastics alters gut microbiota

CSIC researchers have discovered that the digestion of microplastics can decrease the amount of beneficial bacteria present in the colon.


A group of researchers from the CSIC has discovered that the ingestion of microplastics reduces the bacterial diversity of the microbiota of the colon, in addition to producing an alteration of the balance in the microorganisms present. The study, published in Scientific Reports, has shown that ...


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A new zeolitic catalyst with potential industrial applications in propylene production

The new crystalline material is stable at high temperatures


Researchers at the Institute of Chemical Technology, a joint centre of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia, have developed a new zeolitic catalyst stable at high temperatures that could have industrial applications in the production of ...


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A plastic-eating caterpillar


Generally speaking, plastic is incredibly resistant to breaking down. That's certainly true of the trillion polyethylene plastic bags that people use each and every year. But researchers reporting in Current Biology on April 24 may be on track to find a solution to plastic waste. The key is a ...


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