Turning plants into power houses
(PhysOrg.com) -- "I have a slide that has a photo of a cornfield and a big photovoltaic array," says Robert Blankenship, a scientist who studies photosynthesis at Washington University in St. Louis. "When ...
Harnessing the energy of the sun: New technique improves artificial photosynthesis
Transforming solar energy into a usable form is a real challenge. One technique is to use semiconductors to store the energy as hydrogen. Unfortunately, the most efficient semiconductors are not the most stable. ...
Origami: Not just for paper anymore
While the primary job of DNA in cells is to carry genetic information from one generation to the next, some scientists also see the highly stable and programmable molecule as an ideal building material for ...
Loch fossils show life harnessed sun and sex early on
Remote lochs along the west coast of Scotland are turning up new evidence about the origins of life on land.
Tandem catalysis in nanocrystal interfaces could be boon to green energy
In a development that holds intriguing possibilities for the future of industrial catalysis, as well as for such promising clean green energy technologies as artificial photosynthesis, researchers with the ...
It's good to have a shady side: Sun and shade leaves play different roles in tree canopies
'Outer' tree canopy leaves influence the sunlight reaching inner canopy leaves by changing their shape, says a new study.
Spanish scientists search for fuel of the future
In a forest of tubes eight metres high in eastern Spain scientists hope they have found the fuel of tomorrow: bio-oil produced with algae mixed with carbon dioxide from a factory.
Biological nanowires expedite future fuel production
Scientists in the UK and US, including researchers at Arizona State University, have been awarded funding to improve the photosynthetic process as a means of producing renewable fuel.
Debut of the first practical 'artificial leaf'
Scientists today claimed one of the milestones in the drive for sustainable energy development of the first practical artificial leaf. Speaking here at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, they ...
Creating power from water
Natural sequence farming: Turning back the climatic clock in Australia
Improving land management and farming practices in Australia could have an effect on global climate change, according to a study published in the International Journal of Water.
Faux trees convert CO2 to O2
North Atlantic oceanic currents play a greater role in the absorption of carbon than previously thought
The ocean traps carbon through two principal mechanisms: a biological pump and a physical pump linked to oceanic currents. A team of French researchers have managed to quantify the role of these two pumps in an area of the ...