Dutch scientists have designed a new device to be used in keyhole surgeryâand it’s inspired by the way parasitoid wasps lay their eggs. At the moment, the tools used in such surgery can end up clogging because they use suction. This new tool doesn’t have that problem because it uses friction. According to the BBC, […]
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Hydrogen is Powering the Olympic Village â Heat, Electric, and Lights That Are a Model of Japanese Innovation
The Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964 left a mark on the world in the form of the Shinkansen high-speed train, a feat which this year’s repeat hosts look to match with a vision of the future of civic planning. While enduring some criticism for going through with the games during COVID-19, Tokyo has presented the […]
Company Says its Multi-Day Storage Batteries For Renewable Energy Are the Holy Grail We’ve Been Waiting For
Unshrouded from years of secret work, an energy startup in Massachusetts is claiming that in a few years they can produce at scale “the battery you need to fully retire coal and natural gas plants.” Solving the key challenge with renewable energyâthat of storage, Form Energy’s new battery technology, which they’re calling the “Holy Grail,” […]
From a heatwave in the Arctic region to devastating floods in many countries, the threat of climate change is now stark. Some new urgency can be seen in an official statement released by G20 environment ministers last weekend. It said…
(University of Plymouth) New research led by the University of Plymouth aims to understand how magma moves and solidifies to add two million kilograms of new material to the Earth’s crust every second during a process called seafloor spreading.
(UK Research and Innovation) The UK marine economy is worth £48 billion with strong growth in renewable energy and aquaculture. However, the marine environment is under pressure from the triple ocean crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Researchers will investigate how to strengthen the marine economy while protecting ecosystems and communities.
(Cell Press) Researchers created a global dataset of job footprints in 50 countries and used a model to investigate how trying to meet the Paris Agreement global climate target of staying well below 2°C would affect energy sector jobs. They found that action to reach said target would increase net jobs by about 8 million by 2050, primarily due to gains in the solar and wind industries. The analysis appears July 23 in the journal One Earth.
(University of California – San Diego) California legislators have allocated UC San Diego $35 million to design and build a new coastal research vessel with a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-hybrid propulsion system. The new vessel, which will be operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, will serve as a platform for essential education and research dedicated to understanding the California coast and climate change impacts to the coastal ecosystem.
(University of Chicago) A new RNA breakthrough is allowing plants to yield dramatically more crops and increase drought tolerance, which could have an impact on food scarcity and production as climate change threatens ecosystems. In initial tests, adding a gene encoding for a protein called FTO to both rice and potato plants increased their yield by 50% in field tests – and the plants grew significantly larger, produced longer root systems and were better able to tolerate drought stress.