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Sustainability – News and Features

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Researchers Develop AI “Scientist” To Self-Drive Materials Discovery Experiments

A new AI-based method for efficient data collection could help scientists overcome complex challenges in materials discovery and design, allowing for greater precision and speed than ever before.
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Novel Membrane Design Enhances CO2 Removal from Air

A new ambient-energy-driven membrane that pumps carbon dioxide out of the air has been developed by Newcastle University researchers.
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Innovative Electric Catalyst Transforms Carbon Dioxide into Sustainable Fuel

The study's findings offer a new way to improve materials across a wide field, despite there still being a lot to learn about how molecules work.
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Scientists Make Breakthrough in Replicating the Enzyme That Captures Carbon

Scientists from King’s College London have recreated the active site of Acetyl-CoA Synthase, an enzyme involved in capturing carbon from the atmosphere.
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New Nano-Scale Materials Mimic Enzymes To Convert CO2 Into Chemical Building Blocks

A recent paper marks a step forward in the quest for what researchers call a “holy grail” of chemistry: converting the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into chemical building blocks which could be used to create myriad other materials.
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This "Smart" Soil Can Water and Feed Itself

A newly engineered type of soil can capture water out of thin air to keep plants hydrated and manage controlled release of fertilizer for a constant supply of nutrients.
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Intensive Farming Raises the Risk of Future Pandemics, Say Researchers

A new study finds that intensifying agriculture could contribute to emerging infectious disease risk.
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Nano-Confinement May Be Key To Improving Hydrogen Production

Researchers have discovered a new mechanism that can boost the efficiency of hydrogen production through water splitting.
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Making Rechargeable Batteries More Sustainable With Fully Recyclable Components

Researchers reconfigured the design of solid-state lithium batteries so that of all their components can be easily recycled. They tested their innovation using coin cell batteries.
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CoRSIVs, First Discovered in Humans, Now Found in Cattle

CoRSIVs – regions of epigenetic variation that provide information on epigenetic causes of disease – have now been found in cattle, potentially allowing farmers to select desirable characteristics.