Portable gas detection shrinks to new dimensions

A sensor for detecting toxic gases is now smaller, faster and more reliable. Its performance sets it up for integration in a highly sensitive portable system for detecting chemical weapons. Better miniature sensors can also ...

Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts again

Guatemala's deadly Fuego volcano erupted anew early Friday, unleashing a 600-meter flow of lava and sending clouds of ash spiralling into the sky.

The hidden danger of heavy metals in catalytic converters

The heart of every car is its engine, where the energy of petroleum combustion is transformed to mechanical energy, which makes the car move. Unfortunately, no internal combustion engines are environmentally friendly. Carbon ...

Recovery of bodies suspended at Japanese volcano

(AP)—Japanese soldiers managed to bring down eight more bodies by helicopter from the ash-blanketed peak of a still-erupting volcano on Monday, before toxic gases and ash forced them to suspend the recovery effort in the ...

Non-harmful flame retardants with no additional cost

Flame retardants are often extremely harmful to health. Despite this, they are found in many types of synthetic materials which would otherwise ignite quickly. Empa researchers have now succeeded in producing non-harmful ...

Can enamels' environmental impact truly be reduced?

Recycling the toxic fluoride by-products from the ceramic and enamel industry into high-quality reusable material reduces the process' environmental impact, but their end of life disposal remains problematic.

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