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Graphene, able to transport huge currents

Graphene, able to transport huge currents

Once again, graphene has proven itself to be a rather special material: an international research team led by Professor Fritz Aumayr from the Institute of Applied Physics at TU Vienna was able to demonstrate that the electrons in graphene are extremely mobile and react very quickly. Its extraordinary electronic properties make graphene a very promising candidate for future applications in the...

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Fish Embryos Mechanism

Fish Embryos Mechanism

UFZ researchers discover function of protein as transporter of toxic chemicals in the zebrafish embryo Leipzig/Dübendorf (Switzerland). Researchers at the Helmholtz Centre for Envi-ronmental Research (UFZ), together with colleagues from the Swiss Eawag aquatic research institute, have discovered a protein which transports chemicals out of the embryo of the zebrafish and in this way protects the...

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“Shed Me” Clothes

“Shed Me” Clothes

“Shed Me” Clothes Reduce Need for Laundry by Shedding Like Snakeskin Katie Ledger wants you to make like a serpent and molt—the layers of your clothes, that is. Inspired by the way a snake sheds its skin, London College of Art student envisions garments with layers that slough off without the need for frequent laundering. In addition to slashing the heavy energy burden that washing and...

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Spider silk fiber

Spider silk fiber

AMSilk develops world’s first man-made, scalable spider silk fiber Biosteel fibers made from recombinant protein show similar properties to natural spider fibers AMSilk® has produced the world’s first competitive man-made spider silk fiber, called Biosteel, which is made entirely from recombinant silk proteins. Biosteel has mechanical properties similar to that of natural spider silk...

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Qmilk – the bio Milk Fibre

Qmilk – the bio Milk Fibre

The Qmilch GmbH has developed an innovative process to produce a textile fiber from milk which cannot be used for consumption. Qmilk fiber is made from 100% renewable resources. Because of our eco-efficient production technology and our special recipe, we set new standards in fiber production. For the production of 1 kg of fiber we need only 5 minutes and max. 2 liters of water. This implies a...

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Inter-facing up to the future

Inter-facing up to the future

Inter-facing up to the future The Japanese company, Fujitsu, has developed a piece of next-generation user interface technology which enables intuitive, at-your-fingertips operations. Place a document beneath the device, trace your finger along images or texts, and two inbuilt cameras will detect, scan and store your movements. As Takahiro Matsuda, the Systems Laboratory Research Manager at...

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Bendable solar panels

Bendable solar panels

Australian Researchers 3D Print Bendable Solar Panels Australian researchers from The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation have found a way to create huge but extremely light and bendable solar panels. The A3-sized panels are created by placing a fluid photovoltaic or pv ink onto slim, bendable plastic. This could mean that in the near future everyone has the capability to...

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A novel grass hybrid

A novel grass hybrid

A novel grass hybrid to reduce flood generation in temperate regions We report on the evaluation of a novel grass hybrid that provides efficient forage production and could help mitigate flooding. Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) is the grass species of choice for most farmers, but lacks resilience against extremes of climate. We hybridised L. perenne onto a closely related and more...

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Carbon dioxide levels

Carbon dioxide levels

Global carbon dioxide levels near worrisome milestone Concentrations of greenhouse gas will soon surpass 400 parts per million at sentinel spot. Near the moonscape summit of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii, an infrared analyser will soon make history. Sometime in the next month, it is expected to record a daily concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of more than 400 parts per million...

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Electronic textiles

Electronic textiles

Electronic textiles may replace wardrobe very soon Electronic textiles or smart textiles could replace the wardrobe collection in future with hi-tech clothing which will provide sensor enabled solutions to the wearer. Speaking to fibre2fashion, cofounder & CEO of Heapsylon LLC, Mr. Davide Vigano said, “We believe that in the near future each piece of clothing will become...

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Suits blocks harmful waves

Suits blocks harmful waves

Suit blocks potentially harmful waves from cell phones Smuggler, a fashion brand from France, has developed a men’s suit which blocks electromagnetic waves from cell phones and wifi points. The increase in number of people owning cell phones and wireless broadband connections is good news for global communication but there are concerns that the electromagnetic waves involved could be harmful...

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Avoiding biodiversity loss

Avoiding biodiversity loss

Quantifying the benefit of early climate change mitigation in avoiding biodiversity loss Climate change is expected to have significant influences on terrestrial biodiversity at all system levels, including species-level reductions in range size and abundance, especially amongst endemic species1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. However, little is known about how mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions could reduce...

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New wool dyeing process

New wool dyeing process

AgResearch and BGI Developments announce agreement to commercialise revolutionary new wool dyeing process A revolutionary new dyeing process developed by AgResearch, allowing vibrant colouring of wool fabrics which will earn New Zealand millions of dollars is about to be commercialised by a New Zealand based company. BGI Developments has signed an agreement with AgResearch which will lead to, for...

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The Health of the Planet

The Health of the Planet

As one of the longest running measures of trends in the state of global biodiversity, the Living Planet Index (LPI) calls attention to the importance of protecting biodiversity and livelihoods across the globe. The LPI is a lens through which we can examine the health of the planet’s ecosystems and the overall state of global biodiversity. Biodiversity continues to show a downward trend,...

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Electricity from Viruses

Electricity from Viruses

Berkeley Lab Scientists Generate Electricity From Viruses New approach is a promising first step toward the development of tiny devices that harvest electrical energy from everyday tasks Imagine charging your phone as you walk, thanks to a paper-thin generator embedded in the sole of your shoe. This futuristic scenario is now a little closer to reality. Scientists from the U.S. Department of...

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Virus-based energy

Virus-based energy

Piezoelectric materials can convert mechanical energy into electrical energy and piezoelectric devices made of a variety of inorganic materials and organic polymers have been demonstrated. However, synthesizing such materials often requires toxic starting compounds, harsh conditions and/or complex procedures. Previously, it was shown that hierarchically organized natural materials such as...

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Save Trees: use laser!

Save Trees: use laser!

Laser un-printers that can remove toner from scrap paper so that it can be used again may be coming to an office near you in the future, results from a new Cambridge study show. “What we need to do now is find someone to build a prototype. Thanks to low-energy laser scanners and laser-jet printers, the feasibility for reusing paper in the office is there.” —Dr Julian Allwood Dr...

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Future Earth

Future Earth

Future Earth: New global platform for sustainability research presented at Planet Under Pressure The new 10-year initiative unifying and scaling up existing ICSU-sponsored global environmental change activities, will deliver solution oriented research in partnership with society. An alliance of international partners from global science, research funding and UN bodies, announced a bold new...

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Carbon Dioxide Capture

Carbon Dioxide Capture

Alain Goeppert,* Miklos Czaun, Robert B. May, G. K. Surya Prakash,* George A. Olah,* and S. R. Narayanan Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, University Park, Los Angeles, California 90089-1661, United States Carbon Dioxide Capture from the Air Using a Polyamine Based Regenerable Solid Adsorbent Alain Goeppert, Miklos Czaun, Robert...

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China manufacturing tax

China manufacturing tax

China ponders green manufacturing tax BEIJING — As the Chinese government struggles to meet several of its own environmental targets to 2015, China’s textile industry could face a new ‘green tax’, which together with higher wages and a slump in exports, puts additional pressure on an industry that is already facing big challenges. Within the last few weeks, the State Council of China has...

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