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Catching microplastics with spider webs

Scientists have studied microplastics in spider webs for the first time. The results provide first insights into the varying levels of microplastic contamination of urban air.

Jun 3rd, 2022

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Avatar against food waste

Around one third of all food worldwide ends up in the trash bin instead of on our plate. With the help of digital twins, researchers are now aiming to reduce food waste, for example in the case of citrus fruits, along the production and supply chains.

Jun 3rd, 2022

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Washable and recyclable solar cell-infused textiles

The discrete nature of the cells protects them - and makes the clothes more attractive, the physics and design researchers say. Promising applications include work and outdoor clothing, and curtains which react to changes in the amount of light.

May 21st, 2022

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The colors of hydrogen explained

There are eight colors within the hydrogen rainbow, determined by the source it was produced from and the process used to separate it from that source.

May 18th, 2022

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A technology to realize 'urban gold mining'

Scientists developed a gold recovery process from waste with the world's highest recovery efficiency of 99.9 % by developing a capsule-type material in which a polymeric shell surrounds a multi-layered internal structure.

May 17th, 2022

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Towards more efficient, non-toxic, and flexible thin-film solar cells

Solar panel fabrication often involves toxic materials such as cadmium and industrial waste. In a new study, researchers have now developed an eco-friendly method that eliminates the use of toxic cadmium in the production process to produce cost-effective, efficient, and eco-friendly solar cells.

May 12th, 2022

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Algae-powered computing

Researchers have used a widespread species of blue-green algae to power a microprocessor continuously for a year - and counting - using nothing but ambient light and water. Their system has potential as a reliable and renewable way to power small devices.

May 12th, 2022

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