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Fast-charging, long-running, bendy energy storage breakthrough

(University College London) A new bendable supercapacitor made from graphene, which charges quickly and safely stores a record-high level of energy for use over a long period, has been developed and demonstrated by UCL and Chinese Academy of Sciences researchers.

Opel Ampera-e (Opel Who?!?) Wins January In The Netherlands — EV Sales Report

With a sales rush in the last days of 2019, one would imagine January would bring a big hangover for the plug-in vehicle market. But turns out, it hasn’t. Yes, the Dutch plug-in market was down 2% year over year (YoY), to 3,184 registrations, but because the overall market fell even more (-6% YoY), the plug-in vehicle (PEV) share (7.2%, 4.3% for fully electric vehicles alone) actually grew compared to 12 months ago (6.9% in January 2019). So … why is this happening

From petroleum to wood in the chemical industry: cost-efficient and more sustainable

(KU Leuven) An interdisciplinary team of bio-engineers and economists from KU Leuven has mapped out how wood could replace petroleum in the chemical industry. They not only looked at the technological requirements, but also whether that scenario would be financially viable. A shift from petroleum to wood would lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions, the researchers state in Science.

Press highlights for the 2020 American Chemical Society national meeting in Philadelphia

(American Chemical Society) Journalists may now apply for press credentials for the American Chemical Society Spring 2020 National Meeting & Exposition, one of the largest scientific conferences of the year. The meeting will be held March 22-26, 2020 in Philadelphia.

Using neutrons and X-rays to analyze the aging of lithium batteries

(Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie) An international team has used neutron and X-ray tomography to investigate the dynamic processes that lead to capacity degradation at the electrodes in lithium batteries. Using a new mathematical method, it was possible to virtually unwind electrodes that had been wound into the form of a compact cylinder, and thus actually observe the processes on the surfaces of the electrodes. The study was published in Nature Communications.

What you can do to reduce microfiber pollution

The issue of plastic pollution in our environment has become a huge problem, and quickly. In the past few decades, our use of all types of plastics has skyrocketed — especially single-use disposables, which 40% of plastics are. And in…

How to stay healthy on a plane right now

Flying in winter can be risky. There are the sometimes-perilous threats of weather woes and the health concerns of cold and flu season. This year, add concerns over the global coronavirus outbreak. You shouldn’t necessarily change your flying plans because…

Sun, wind, and hydrogen: New Arctic station will do without diesel fuel

(Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology) Yury Vasiliev gives a speech at Arctic Frontiers about a year-round fully autonomous International Arctic Station (IAS) in the Land of Hope, in the foothills of the Polar Urals. The station will have a modular structure and be powered by renewable energy sources and hydrogen fuel, and will not use diesel fuel. The station is scheduled to begin operation in 2022.

How helpful is hand sanitizer?

Maybe you keep a bottle in your car or in your purse. Or you grab a splurt as you check out of the grocery store or leave the doctor’s office. Hand sanitizer is one way we try to arm ourselves…

Mercedes & Geely Launch JV For smart Cars

smart Vision EQ ConceptChinese carmaker Geely has added another brand to its ever-growing portfolio. The company, which currently owns Volvo, Lotus Cars, and Lynk & Co., recently launched a joint venture with Mercedes-Benz’ parent company, Daimler, to co-develop and produce the next generation of autonomous electric city “smart” cars based on the smart Vision EQ concept shown here