Shaping the future of energy storage with conductive clay

In the race to find materials of ever increasing thinness, surface area and conductivity to make better performing battery electrodes, a lump of clay might have just taken the lead. Materials scientists from Drexel University's ...

Drilling into an active earthquake fault in New Zealand

Three University of Michigan geologists are participating in an international effort to drill nearly a mile beneath the surface of New Zealand this fall to bring back rock samples from an active fault known to generate major ...

Repaired Opportunity rover readies for 'Marathon Valley'

With a newly cleared memory, it's time for Opportunity to resume the next stage of its long, long Martian drive. The next major goal for the long-lived rover is to go to Marathon Valley, a spot that (in images from orbit) ...

Researchers create safe, resistant material to store waste

(Phys.org) —Storing industrial waste has never been a pretty job, and it's getting harder. New techniques for refining such metals as aluminum and vanadium, for example, also yield new byproducts that have to be sealed ...

Iron-reducing bacteria could detoxify chromium

Hexavalent chromium is a major environmental contaminant at several Department of Energy (DOE) sites as well as other sites around the world. Iron-reducing bacteria can convert the oxidized form of iron in clay minerals, ...

Computer power clicks with geochemistry

Sandia National Laboratories is developing computer models that show how radioactive waste interacts with soil and sediments, shedding light on waste disposal and how to keep contamination away from drinking water.

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