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Sustainability – News and Features

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New “Liquid Core” Fibers Developed for Drug-Delivering Medical Dressings

Empa researchers are developing polymer fibers that can deliver active ingredients precisely over the long term. These "liquid core fibers" contain drugs inside and can be processed into medical textiles.
Trees seen across from a lake.

Half the World's Lakes Have Lost Their "Resilience"

Researchers examined the health, resilience and a mix of climate and human factors of 1,049 of the world’s largest and most important lakes. Nearly half of the studied lakes worldwide significantly lost resilience over the study period.
Aphids on the test field.

Weeds Help Beneficial Bugs Control Pests

Leaving some weeds between crops can help to combat pests on agricultural land. This step has particularly positive effects in combination with other measures: the cultivation of different types of crops and planting strips of wildflowers.
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Atom-Thin Graphene Membranes Make Carbon Capture More Efficient

Carbon capture, utilization and storage is a critical technology that reduces carbon dioxide emissions from hard-to-abate industrial sources. Researchers have now developed membranes that show high performance in carbon capture and could be deployed in large-scale industrial settings.
Wet concrete pouring out a pump.

All-in-One Method Measures CO2 Captured in Concrete

Researchers at the University of Tokyo worked with engineers in industry to create the boxlike device called the concrete thermal gravimetry and gas analyzer.
Area of a pak choi leaf highlighted and zoomed in to show responses from reference, SA and H2O2 sensors.

Sensor Multiplexing for Real-Time Decoding of Different Plant Stresses

Researchers have developed carbon nanotube sensors to detect the generation of two plant stress signaling molecules, hydrogen peroxide and salicylic acid, revealing distinctive, unique temporal waves for different stress types.
A machine that combines elements of traditional 3D printing with laser technology to develop multi-material, multi-functional products.

Nature Inspires Machine for Eco-Friendly Printing

University of Missouri researchers have built a machine that combines elements of traditional 3D printing with laser technology to develop multi-material, multi-functional products.
Various types of bacteria with different shapes and colors.

Many More Bacteria Produce Greenhouse Gases Than Previously Thought

Research shows that some bacteria can "breathe" nitrate in low-oxygen conditions thanks to a newly discovered class of enzymes.
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Strategies for Sustainable Science at CU Boulder and Beyond

In this interview, Kathryn Ramirez-Aguilar discusses the CU Green Labs Program, her involvement with the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories and the role of research funders in furthering sustainability within a lab environment.
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How Scientists Are Fighting For Truth in a Burning World

In this article, Dr. Natalie Cooper, an ecologist and senior researcher at the Natural History Museum in London, shares her insights on persevering as a scientist amidst global crises.