febbraio, 2013

Energy from water vapor

Energy from water vapor

New material harvests energy from water vapor Polymer film could be used in artificial muscle and to power micro- and nanoelectronic devices. MIT engineers have created a new polymer film that can generate electricity by drawing on a ubiquitous source: water vapor. The new material changes its shape after absorbing tiny amounts of evaporated water, allowing it to repeatedly curl up and down....

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Carbon capture systems

Carbon capture systems

Carbon Sponge could soak up coal emissions Feb. 11, 2013 — Emissions from coal power stations could be drastically reduced by a new, energy-efficient material that adsorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide, then releases it when exposed to sunlight. n a study published Feb. 11 in Angewandte Chemie, Monash University and CSIRO scientists for the first time discovered a photosensitive metal...

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Puma’s Closed-loop collection

Puma’s Closed-loop collection

Germany: Puma launches first closed-loop collection Puma has launched its first closed-loop collection of footwear, apparel and accessories called InCycle, which has earned the Cradle to Cradle Certified Basic certification. It said products in the range are either entirely biodegradable or recyclable. The range includes a t-shirt and lifestyle sneaker, which are both biodegradable. The Basket...

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Loss of arctic sea ice

Loss of arctic sea ice

Cryosat reveals major loss of arctic sea ice 13 February 2013 – An international team of scientists using new measurements from ESA’s ice mission has discovered that the volume of Arctic sea ice has declined by 36% during autumn and 9% during winter between 2003 and 2012. Satellite records show a constant downward trend in the area covered by Arctic sea ice during all seasons, but in...

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