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Innovative solar energy applications point the way forward

Most people no longer ask whether solar energy will be a success; the question is rather which forms of photovoltaic technology and system types will be successful. The total global installed PV capacity is fast approaching 100 GW, up from 1.5 GW in 2000 to 89.5 GW at the...

source: By Don Rosato
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In the U.S., the demand for green building materials — products...

source: By Don Rosato

The pesky polyurethane may have a natural combatant, found in the most unlikely of places: The Amazon rain forest. In 2011, 20 undergraduates from Yale University's Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry traveled to Ecuador...

source: Newsweek

Typically, monitoring key life signs like heart rhythm, glucose levels or even brain activity, is only possible in a hospital setting, but what if you want to follow how a patient is doing in real time for long periods of time, months...

source: ZME Science

Bioplastics take on traditional petrochemical plastics in food packaging, with some challenges. Producing food in a sustainable way is one thing. Making sure that the food is wrapped in a sustainable plastic is another issue that needs to be addressed. The trouble is that...

source: Phys.org

Prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by an amputee’s thoughts or muscle movements already exist. But what if they could also sense the environment and then send that information back to the amputee’s nervous system?...

source: Popular Science

Mazda Motor Corporation and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation have jointly developed a bio-based engineering plastic that can be used for exterior parts for automobiles without the need for painting. The material can be...

source: Plastics Today


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