Out of Thin Air

SEQUESTRATION

Vox, the popular United States media site, had an insightful column this past September about what the world needs to do if it has any hope of keeping planetary warming in check.  Step one: kick fossil fuels off the power grid. Step two: Electrify everything. The idea is to take anything that currently relies on...

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Silicon Renaissance

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Can silicon detect and fight cancer, turn a greenhouse gas like carbon dioxide into a fuel and form an inexpensive way to separate hydrogen from water? Is it possible to use the second-most abundant element in the Earth’s crust to create superior batteries for electric cars, low-cost lasers and literally dirt-cheap methods of detecting explosives?

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Cornfield of Dreams

AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY

Anton Korenevski was doing laboratory work one night as part of a study into how bacteria stick to surfaces when he spotted something unusual. A post-doctoral researcher at the University of Guelph, Korenevski had just performed a complex chemical procedure and noticed what project leader John Dutcher describes as “a waste product that looked kind...

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Pure pursuit

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

If it’s unfair to judge a book by its cover, it’s equally unfair to judge a promising new technology by the ho-hum building housing it. When first arriving at Xogen Technologies’ wastewater...

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