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Alexander Beadle is a science writer and editor for Technology Networks. Prior to this, he worked as a freelance science writer. Alexander holds an MChem in materials chemistry from the University of St Andrews, where he won a Chemistry Purdie Scholarship and conducted research into zeolite crystal growth mechanisms and the action of single-molecule transistors.

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Chameleon-Inspired Coating For Buildings Could Significantly Improve Energy Efficiency

Scientists have developed a new dual-purpose coating that can help to keep houses cool in summer and warm in winter, taking some unlikely inspiration from the skin of desert-dwelling chameleons.
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Researchers Develop a Self-Powered Sensor Made From Plants

A tiny sensor built from the stems of a grass-like plant could be used to power the next generation of wearable tech, a new study suggests. The plant material can be fashioned into an ideal foam material for use in triboelectric nanogenerators.
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Substituting Meat for Plant-Based Alternatives To Cut Global Emissions

If we switched half our meat and milk products to plant-based alternatives, global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) could fall by up to 31% by 2050, new analysis suggests. A 50% substitution scenario could also reduce water usage and undernourishment levels significantly.
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Food Sector Could Achieve Net Negative Emissions by 2050

State-of-the-art agricultural technology and largescale changes to the global food system could help the sector achieve net negative greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – where the emission sinks exceed the production of emissions – by the year 2050.
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The Importance of Battery Materials Analysis

Batteries must be carefully scrutinized to ensure that they are safe for use. This article will discuss the role that battery materials analysis plays in maintaining the safety and quality of existing batteries and in the development of new and improved types.
A droplet of water drips from a metal kitchen faucet.

Plumbing Parts May Leak Dangerous Chemicals Into Drinking Water

Some of the additives used to make flexible rubber plumbing parts could be leaking into our drinking water, a new study suggests.
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Mixing Rock Into Soil Could Help Curb Rising Temperatures, Study Suggests

Analysis of mineral deposits dating back millions of years suggests that rock erosion could play a major role in helping the climate re-stabilize after periods of warming. Increasing current levels of exposed rock may help to control modern-day carbon emissions too, researchers suggest.
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Industry Insight

Tackling the Problem of Fungicide Resistance

Technology Networks had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Wightman, founder and chief executive officer at VM Agritech, to learn more about fungicide resistance and the development of novel fungicides designed to tackle this issue.
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Carbon Offset Projects Are Overestimating Their Impact on Forest Preservation

Voluntary carbon offset schemes are overestimating how much deforestation they prevent, according to a new analysis by an international team of scientists and economists.
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Act Now To Save Tropical Forests From Climate Change Die-Offs, Researchers Warn

Global warming could see the leaves in the world's tropical forest canopies exceed the temperatures where photosynthesis starts to breakdown. But according to a new model, intervention to reduce carbon emissions could still avert this disaster.