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Discovery may allow scientists to make fuel from CO2 in the atmosphere

Discovery may allow scientists to make fuel from CO2 in the atmosphere | VIM | Scoop.it

Excess carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere created by the widespread burning of fossil fuels is the major driving force of global climate change, and researchers the world over are looking for new ways to generate power that leaves a smaller carbon footprint.
Now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to transform the carbon dioxide trapped in the atmosphere into useful industrial products. Their discovery may soon lead to the creation of biofuels made directly from the carbon dioxide in the air that is responsible for trapping the sun’s rays and raising global temperatures.


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El exceso de dióxido de carbono en la atmósfera de la Tierra, creado por la quema generalizada de combustibles fósiles es la principal fuerza impulsora del cambio climático global, y los investigadores de todo el mundo están buscando nuevas formas de generar energía que deja una huella de carbono más pequeña.
Ahora, investigadores de la Universidad de Georgia han encontrado una forma para transformar el dióxido de carbono atrapado en la atmósfera en útiles productos industriales. Su descubrimiento pronto puede conducir a la creación de biocombustibles hechas directamente del dióxido de carbono en el aire que es responsable para la captura de los rayos del sol y el aumento de las temperaturas globales.

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Finland Plans To Phase Out Coal Use In Energy Production By 2025

Finland Plans To Phase Out Coal Use In Energy Production By 2025 | VIM | Scoop.it

If all goes according to plan, Finland will become the first European country to stop using coal, with a goal to phase out the energy source by 2025.

Currently, Finland imports all of its coal from nearby countries such as Russia and Poland. Annual import volumes range from less than 3 million to 9 million tons, depending on the rainy or dry climate, according to the Finnish Coal Info association’s website.

Eliminating coal usage could help the country save millions of euros a year, since coal imports cost Finland between 70 million to more than 300 million euros ($91 million to more than $388 million) annually, according to Finnish Coal Info.


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Dr. Wade Adams: Nanotechnology and the Future of Energy

Dr. Wade Adams, Associate Dean of the School of Engineering at Rice University, passionately explains what nanotechnology is and why it is fundamental to solving many of the world's most pressing challenges.


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Sworoba OyetKep's curator insight, March 19, 2013 1:59 AM

In this video Wade Adams presents a seminar on nanotechnology and the future of energy. He discusses the history of nanotechnology and the people who have contributed to the field. He also talks about the functionality of nanotechnolgy and how this technology can be enhanced. The presentation gives a brief story of how a gold nanoshell that was used on animals to cure various types of cancer. Although it has not be approved by the government, this has been tested on humans with positive results. Extensive research is still being carried out on enchancing the capabilites of nanotechnology.

Jessica Wilds's curator insight, March 22, 2013 1:30 AM

In this video Wade Adams presents a seminar on nanotechnology and the future of energy. He talks about the people that contributed to nanotechnology and how it was discovered. He also discusses where nanotechnology is going in the future.

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Fusion: The quest to recreate the Sun’s power on Earth

Fusion: The quest to recreate the Sun’s power on Earth | VIM | Scoop.it

Cadarache: In the dusty highlands of Provence in southern France, workers have excavated a vast rectangular pit 17 metres (56 feet) down into the unforgiving rocks. From my raised vantage point, I can see bright yellow mechanical diggers and trucks buzzing around the edge of the pit, looking toy-like in the huge construction site. Above us, the fireball Sun dries the air at an unrelenting 37C.

These are embryonic stages to what is perhaps humankind's most ambitious scientific and engineering project: to replicate the Sun here on Earth.


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