Concrete experiment may eliminate storm drains
Shoreview, Minn., is betting on a new "green" concrete paving method that lets rainwater pass right through the street surface to prevent damaging runoff.
Fresh Pot of Tea Strikes Anticancer Gold
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia report in the Journal of Materials Chemistry that chemicals in tea are the best yet discovered to make consistent, biologically safe gold nanoparticles. More i ...
A cleaner, faster battery
A team of Stanford and Canadian Light Source researchers have developed an ultrafast rechargeable battery from non-toxic materials.
UT biosolar breakthrough promises cheap, easy green electricity
Barry D. Bruce, professor of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is turning the term "power plant" on its head. The biochemist and a team of researchers have developed ...
Scientists make nontoxic, bendable nanosheets
(Phys.org) -- Cornell materials scientists have developed an inexpensive, environmentally friendly way of synthesizing oxide crystal sheets, just nanometers thick, which have useful properties for electronics ...
Japan mines toxic e-waste for precious materials
Seeking to turn an environmental problem into an economic opportunity, high-tech companies in resource-poor Japan are mining mountains of toxic e-waste for precious materials.
Safer nanoparticles spotlight tumors, deliver drugs
(PhysOrg.com) -- Small is promising when it comes to illuminating tiny tumors or precisely delivering drugs, but many worry about the safety of nano-scale materials. Now a team of scientists has created miniscule ...
China pays price for world's rare earths addiction
Peasant farmer Wang Tao used to grow corn, potatoes and wheat within a stone's throw of a dumping ground for rare earths waste until toxic chemicals leaked into the water supply and poisoned his land.
Nanofibers clean sulfur from fuel
(Phys.org)—Sulfur compounds in petroleum fuels have met their nano-structured match. University of Illinois researchers developed mats of metal oxide nanofibers that scrub sulfur from petroleum-based fuels ...
Flexible polymer opals
A synthetic material which mimics the brightest and most vivid colours in nature, and changes colour when twisted or stretched, has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, and could have important ...
Nanoparticles working in harmony
For decades, researchers have been working to develop nanoparticles that deliver cancer drugs directly to tumors, minimizing the toxic side effects of chemotherapy. However, even with the best of these nanoparticles, only ...
New 'frozen smoke' may improve robotic surgery, energy storage
A spongy substance that could be mistaken for packing material has the nanotechnology world buzzing.
Powered by seaweed: Polymer from algae may improve battery performance
(PhysOrg.com) -- By looking to Mother Nature for solutions, researchers have identified a promising new binder material for lithium-ion battery electrodes that not only could boost energy storage, but also ...
Energy savings—easy as dirt, heat, pressure
(Phys.org)—By using common materials found pretty much anywhere there is dirt, a team of Michigan State University researchers have developed a new thermoelectric material.