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Scientists Develop New Material That Cleans and Splits Water

Scientists Develop New Material That Cleans and Splits Water | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
This new material can be used to degrade pollutants present in water while simultaneously producing hydrogen that can be captured and used further.
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We are learning how to split water with a simple, low-cost process. The next step will be developing a catalyst to split CO2 in the same fast, cost effective way.  JB

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Graphene-based armor could stop bullets by becoming harder than diamonds

​While bullet-proof body armor does tend to be thick and heavy, that may no longer be the case if research being conducted at The City University of New York bears fruit. Scientists there have determined that two layers of stacked graphene can harden to a diamond-like consistency upon impact.
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graphene does it again. Notice, only two atoms thick.  JB

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“Sun in a box” Stores Renewable Energy & Delivers It on Demand

“Sun in a box” Stores Renewable Energy & Delivers It on Demand | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
MIT engineers have come up with a design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver that energy back into an electric grid on demand.
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This storage system is a true paradigm shift, yet it uses old concepts. A verge innovation, I would say.  I can't describe it here so please read the article.  JB

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Ice sheet melt will slow warming but speed sea level rise

Ice sheet melt will slow warming but speed sea level rise | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
"Warming won't be as bad as fast as we thought, but sea level rise will be worse."...
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Now we begin to discover the subtler changes we are going to have to deal with.  JB

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Successful transplantation of pig hearts into baboons bring human trials a step closer

A new study has reported the first successful long-term survival of baboons transplanted with genetically modified pig hearts. The research is a leap forward in the quest to achieve cross-species organ transplantation, and gives hope to the many humans on waiting lists for donor organs.
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self-evident.  JB

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Scientists Turn Wasp Venom Into Potentially Groundbreaking Antibiotic

Scientists Turn Wasp Venom Into Potentially Groundbreaking Antibiotic | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
There are plenty of chemicals that will kill bacteria, but many of them are toxic to humans as well. That's ...
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We keep finding new antibiotics for resistant pathogens, but, we are slow commercialize them. People are dying from resistant infections.  JB

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Fluoride-Based Battery Chemistry Could Leapfrog, Replace Lithium Ion

Fluoride-Based Battery Chemistry Could Leapfrog, Replace Lithium Ion | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Researchers have found a way to improve on lithium-ion batteries by a substantial amount, thanks to new, fluoride-based chemistry. ...
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Another candidate for breakthrough.  JB

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Artificial mother-of-pearl could give carbon fiber a run for its money

Mother of pearl is the coating found on the outside of pearls, and the inside of certain mollusc’s shells. It's one of nature's hardest, stiffest, most stable materials – and scientists have now figured out how to make an artificial version of it, which can be "tuned" for different applications.
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More good stuff on the new materials front. Mother Nature keeps teaching us new things.  JB

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Swarms of bionic bees could monitor farms with electronic backpacks

Swarms of bionic bees could monitor farms with electronic backpacks | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Our drones are pretty handy, but nature’s drones – bees – are far more efficient. Rather than building our own from scratch, researchers at the University of Washington have created tiny suites of sensors that bees can wear like backpacks, to help gather data from their environment.
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Robots are going smaller. Researchers have engineered a backpack for bees that can collect information from the environment. This is a prototype that signals where the research is going in robots.  JB

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Scientists Produce Graphene Membranes for Dialysis Applications

Scientists Produce Graphene Membranes for Dialysis Applications | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
MIT Researchers have developed a dialysis membrane material that can filter nanometer-sized molecules at 10 to 100 times the rate of commercial membranes.
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This is our monthly New Uses for Graphene example. This time it is using graphene to filter out specific elements are a very fast and economic rate.  JB

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Liquid-Gated Membranes Filter Water With Higher Efficiency, Longer Time to Foul

Liquid-Gated Membranes Filter Water With Higher Efficiency, Longer Time to Foul | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
New research demonstrates that liquid-gated membranes (LGMs) filter nanoclay particles out of water with twofold higher efficiency and nearly threefold longer time to foul, and reduce the pressure required for filtration over conventional membranes.
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It is these "back room" technologies that can really make a difference.  KJB

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Robots take to the battlefield in Britain in record numbers

A century after it saw the first tanks roll across it, Salisbury Plain is playing host to the largest military robotic exercise in British history. Over the next four weeks, the Autonomous Warrior exercise will test over 70 different types of robots under simulated combat conditions.
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They haven't come to play.  JB

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Boosting 1 protein lets plants thrive on much less water

Boosting 1 protein lets plants thrive on much less water | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
It may be possible to grow crops using less water by altering a gene involved in regulating photosynthesis, according to new research. Krishna Niyogi, chair of the plant and microbial biology department at the University of California, Berkeley, discovered that a protein called PsbS is involved in regulating photosynthetic light harvesting. He and his team thought that increasing the amount of this protein in a plant might make its photosynthesis more efficient. Field trials at the University of Illinois showed that increasing PsbS improved the water-use efficiency of plants—the ratio of carbon dioxide entering the plant to water escaping—by 25 percent without significantly sacrificing photosynthesis or yields. That means the plants were able to thrive on 25 percent less water. Leaf sensors tell farmers when plants get thirsty The study appears in Nature Communications. The research is part of the international research project Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) supported in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Source: UC Berkeley
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This could be very important as temperatures climb.  JB

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World's first "negative emission" power plant turns CO2 into stone

​After opening the world’s first commercial Direct Air Capture (DAC) plant designed to pull CO2 out of the air, Swiss company Climeworks is now joining forces with a geothermal power plant in Iceland to create the world’s first “negative emission” power plant.
Joel Barker's insight:

And so the commercialization of CO2 continues. This is a great area for innovation and the Swiss solution is very interesting.  JB

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A new way to turn saltwater fresh can kill germs and avoid gunk buildup

A new way to turn saltwater fresh can kill germs and avoid gunk buildup | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A new device that harnesses sunlight to produce pure vapor from seawater could last longer and produce cleaner water than other technology.
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It always amazes me when such a simple design change creates enormous benefits.  JB

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Longest Time-Lapse Shot From Space for ISS 20th Anniversary

Longest Time-Lapse Shot From Space for ISS 20th Anniversary | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
The ESA has put together a fantastic 15-minute video of Earth from the ISS, but the actual length of time shown is much greater. In fact, this is the longest timelapse video ever shot in space.
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What a view of our home planet. Show it to your children and grand children. How lucky we are.  JB

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Two experimental cancer drugs team up after unexpected discovery

Two experimental cancer drugs team up after unexpected discovery | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
Researchers at MIT have combined two experimental cancer drugs, protein kinase inhibitors and ribonuclease drugs, and found that they worked better together than alone. The discovery could help reduce side effects of cancer treatments and make them more effective.
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More and more combinations are showing up.  JB

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New method prints thin, flexible metals like a newspaper

New method prints thin, flexible metals like a newspaper | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
The new manufacturing technique prints metal for faster electronics "roll-to-roll" just like newspapers.
Joel Barker's insight:

A perfect verge innovation: take the paradigm of newspaper printing and apply it to nanoscale computer chips to create a highspeed, highly details chip "printer."  JB

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10-year study documents massive, mysterious ecosystem deep beneath our feet

10-year study documents massive, mysterious ecosystem deep beneath our feet | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A study has taken a census of life in the “deep biosphere” beneath the Earth's surface. Among the finds are bizarre creatures that can survive at record depths, pressures and temperatures, and even “zombie” bacteria that may live (in a loose sense of the word) for millions of years at a time.
Joel Barker's insight:

Another example of just how little we know about life on and under the earth.  JB

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The Hexa manned multirotor: It’s real, and you can fly it

The Hexa manned multirotor: It’s real, and you can fly it | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
​Flying taxi services may take some time to arrive, but if you want to be among the first to pilot a manned multicopter, you'll have the chance in 2019. Lift Aircraft is preparing to debut a personal flight experience in an 18-prop electric VTOL aircraft for about the price of a skydive.
Joel Barker's insight:

How many motors do you need to keep you flying? Someone is going to test out that question.  JB

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Study reveals extra compounds in coffee team up with caffeine to protect against Parkinson’s

Study reveals extra compounds in coffee team up with caffeine to protect against Parkinson’s | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
A new study offers insight into the oft-cited correlation between coffee consumption and a decreased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. The discovery reveals a coffee compound called EHT works synergistically with caffeine to potentially protect the brain from neurodegeneration.
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So keep drinking your coffee until further notice!  JB

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Scientists Model Costs of Geoengineering Effort to Dim the Sun

Geoengineering — the deliberate effort to manipulate the Earth’s climate in an attempt to offset, delay, or slow global warming — has slowly transformed from a pie-in-the-sky idea to a serious…
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One example of "engineering" our way out of the climate dilemma.  JB

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New Battery Design Extends the Life of Low-Cost, Lightweight Batteries

New Battery Design Extends the Life of Low-Cost, Lightweight Batteries | Short Look at the Long View | Scoop.it
New battery design could greatly extend the shelf life of single-use metal-air batteries for electric vehicles, off-grid storage, and other applications.
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And coming up fast, the air aluminum battery with great power and cost characteristics.  JB

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New solar still claims near-perfect efficiency in purifying water

Access to clean water is one of the world's most pressing problems, but a team of University at Buffalo researchers has come up with a new take on an old technology that uses sunlight to purify water with what is claimed to be near-perfect efficiency.
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This will become increasingly important globally.  JB

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Obinna Odenigbo's curator insight, November 13, 2018 7:58 PM
With specialists saying that a "water conflict" might arise in the coming years, More technology like this is needed to prevent that.

 
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World-first aerogel is made from plastic bottles, and has many potential uses

​Pop bottles are one of the most common types of plastic waste, so the more ways that we can find of recycling them, the better. With that in mind, researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed an inexpensive method of converting such bottles into a very useful aerogel.
Joel Barker's insight:

Aeroels are extremely good at insulation, both temperature and sound. If a process can be made small enough, the bottles could become very useful feedstock of this energy saving material. JB

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