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Sustainability – News and Features

A burger in a pan.

Is Plant-Based “Fake” Meat Good for Your Health?

Are fake meats the healthy, greener alternative to the fatty flesh of cows and pigs? Or are they just another counterfeit component of the West’s new detrimental diet? Technology Networks asked the experts to find out.
Laboratory plastic waste.
Industry Insight

Tackling Plastic Waste for More Sustainable Science

At SLAS Europe 2024, Technology Networks had the pleasure of speaking with Tim Dillon, market manager (Nordics) at Mettler-Toledo Rainin, to learn about how more sustainable options can be implemented into scientists’ daily workflows.
A field of wheat in the sun.

Most of the Genetic Diversity in Wheat Is "Unused"

A decade-long collaborative study has discovered huge genetic potential that is untapped in modern wheat varieties.
Golden balls.

Gold-Coated Milling Vessels Catalyze Reactions Without Solvents

Less waste, mild reaction conditions, and no harmful solvents – only a very thin layer of gold is necessary to sustainably convert alcohols into aldehydes through mechanochemistry.
An arial view of fields.

New AI Software Can Predict Crop Growth From One Image

A newly developed software can simulate the growth of field crops based on a single image, supporting farmers in decision making.
Image of a microrobot made of an algae cell (green) covered with drug-filled nanoparticles (orange) coated with red blood cell membranes.

Algae-Based Microbots Deliver Cancer Drugs Directly to Lung Tumors

Combining biology and nanotechnology, researchers have developed algae-based “microbots” to deliver drugs directly to lung tumors in mice – with the approach showing promise for reducing tumor growth and increasing survival.
Two researchers in a lab.

Material Mimics Photosynthesis to Produce Hydrogen Peroxide From Water and Air

National University of Singapore (NUS) chemists have developed hexavalent photocatalytic covalent organic frameworks (COFs) which mimic natural photosynthesis for the production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), an important industrial chemical.
Bacteria formed of small spherical subunits.

Cyanobacteria’s Ability To Move Offers Promising Applications in Biotechnology

The principles of cyanobacteria movement have revealed that they may show promise in biotechnology.
John Lesica, president, chromatography and mass spectrometry at Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Industry Insight

Optimizing Analytical Tools To Accelerate Translational Research

John Lesica, president of chromatography and mass spectrometry at Thermo Fisher Scientific, joined Technology Networks for an interview at this year's American Society for Mass Spectrometry event.
An LED image of four batteries.

Are “Liquid Batteries” the Future of Renewable Energy Storage?

A Stanford team are exploring an emerging technology for renewable energy storage: liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs). Hydrogen is already used as fuel or a means for generating electricity, but containing and transporting it is tricky.