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Sustainability – News and Features

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Dust From Great Salt Lake Has Bigger Impact on Communities of Color

Findings of a new study suggest restoring Great Salt Lake to a healthy water level would reduce disparities in harmful dust exposure experienced by different racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
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Researchers Unlock “Materials Genome”, Opening Possibilities for Next-Generation Design

A new microscopy method has allowed researchers to detect tiny changes in the atomic-level architecture of crystalline materials, advancing our ability to understand the origins of material properties.
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Industry Insight

Supercharging Green Hydrogen Production To Achieve Net Zero

Tom Mason describes how electrolysis technology upgrades and collaborative efforts are required to boost green hydrogen production and meet rising demand.
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Compounds Discovered That Convert a Protein Into a “Tumor Killer”

Oregon State University researchers have discovered compounds that convert a protein known for protecting cancer cells into a tumor killer.

Researchers Dissect How Fluctuating Energy Sources Drive Microbial Bioproduction

In the work of biomanufacturing, tanks of microbes are fine-tuned to produce compounds that can be used as carbon-neutral fuels, chemicals, materials and medicines, but researchers are still learning the basics of how to turbo charge for production.
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New Advance in Biodegradable Electronics Allows Scientists To Control Dissolve Rate

Researchers have developed the ability to control the dissolve rate of these biodegradable electronics by experimenting with dissolvable elements, like inorganic fillers and polymers, that encapsulate the device.
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Scientists Probe Chilling Behavior of Promising Solid-State Cooling Material

By bridging a knowledge gap in atomic-scale heat motion, researchers could advance an emerging solid-state cooling technology.
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Zinc Could Help Boost Legume Yields

A new study has shown how zinc plays a pivotal role in the plant response to abiotic stress, a discovery that could help researchers boost legume yields.
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LEAF Promotes Greener Laboratory Practices

In this article, we explore the importance of LEAF and how the choice of equipment – together with better habits – can significantly contribute to a greener and more sustainable future for laboratories.
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How Algae Microrobots Could Tackle Inflammatory Bowel Disease

University of California San Diego (UCSD) researchers have developed algae-based “microrobots” that reduce inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) symptoms in mouse models.