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Researchers Develop Safer Ways to Dispose of Electronics

February 6, 2020

A printed circuit board (PCB) provides physical support and electrical connectivity for the electronic components inside the gadgets…
Glass mountain could improve concrete

January 31, 2020

The researchers have found the material can instead be used to improve the strength and durability of concrete.…
Lab turns trash into valuable graphene in a flash

January 28, 2020

That banana peel, turned into graphene, can help facilitate a massive reduction of the environmental impact of concrete and…
Toward safer disposal of printed circuit boards

January 16, 2020

Printed circuit boards are vital components of modern electronics. However, once they have served their purpose, they are…
Researchers show that mealworms can safely consume toxic additive-containing plastic

December 20, 2019

Mealworms are not only able to eat various forms of plastic, as previous research has shown, they can…
New insights shine light on uranium chemistry and disposal of radioactive waste

December 18, 2019

A new research paper provides a significant new insight into our understanding of uranium biogeochemistry and could help…
Microwave treatment is an inexpensive way to clean heavy metals from treated sewage

December 6, 2019

A team of Florida State University researchers studying new methods to remove toxic heavy metals from biosolids —…
A More Painless Extraction of Radioactive Byproducts

December 5, 2019

A new process removes radioactive byproducts from used nuclear fuel. In a world that is increasingly paying attention…
Microrobots clean up radioactive waste

November 4, 2019

According to some experts, nuclear power holds great promise for meeting the world’s growing energy demands without generating…
Transforming sulphur dioxide from harmful to useful

October 23, 2019

Scientists have created molecular cages within a polymer to trap harmful sulphur dioxide pollution in order to transform…
Utilization of Waste Rock and Filter Cake

October 18, 2019

The Seeker is looking for cost-effective options and technologies for the utilization of waste rock of various types…
Plastic waste may be headed for the microwave

October 18, 2019

Could microwaves be part of the answer to our planet’s plastic problems? A James Cook University scientist is…
Scientists find recipe for greener garden waste disposal

October 11, 2019

Scientists have developed a recipe that addresses a growing need for sustainable disposal of urban garden waste in…
ARS and U.S. Army Join Forces to Revitalize Soil with Paper

October 4, 2019

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is helping to arm the U.S. military with a solution to two major…
Sex lives of flies could be key to tackling food waste

August 14, 2019

This National Science Week, Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has revealed how a secret recipe to get Black…
How Technology Can Help Us Fight Ocean Pollution

July 25, 2019

Our oceans have undergone a dramatic transformation over the past several decades. The pressures of industrial production, unchecked…
Scientists created a way to turn food waste into a substitute for fossil fuels

May 24, 2019

1.3 trillion dollars – this is the price for the world’s inability to deal with food waste. Every…
Focus on nuclear waste chemistry could help solving cleanup challenges

May 8, 2019

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Washington State University…
Researchers run the wastewater through a specially designed chamber, use a lamp to simulate sunlight, and watch the organic compounds in the waste breakdown and the hydrogen bubble up. Image courtesy of the researchers
Harnessing sunlight to pull hydrogen from wastewater

May 8, 2019

Hydrogen is a critical component in the manufacture of thousands of common products from plastic to fertilizers, but…
Sustainability at Scale

April 24, 2019

Argonne’s commitment to green technologies, conservation and recycling make every day an Earth Day Argonne National Laboratory’s sustainability…
2019 European Social Innovation Competition: Challenging Plastic Waste

March 13, 2019

The 2019 European Social Innovation Competition is organised by the European Commission. Under the theme Challenging Plastic Waste,…
From biowaste to biogas: empowering this community to fuel itself

January 30, 2019

Shakira Hobbs can generate energy and fertilizer from food waste, and she’s using that ability to benefit a…
Grubs for global health

January 13, 2019

Two handfuls of warm, slightly moist, loose soil fill a plastic food container. When tapped gently on the…
Sustainable “Plastics” Are on the Horizon

December 27, 2018

A new Tel Aviv University study describes a process to make bioplastic polymers that don’t require land or fresh water…
Expert: ‘No single, one-size-fits-all solution’ to plastic waste problem

December 6, 2018

Governments, businesses and people around the world must play major roles in managing the rapidly growing plastics economy…
Growing Pile of Human and Animal Waste Harbors Threats, Opportunities

November 29, 2018

As demand for meat and dairy products increases across the world, much attention has landed on how livestock…
Crushed mining waste can replace cement

November 29, 2018

Mountains of mining waste from all over the world are waiting to be resurrected as concrete construction material.…
Project to enable plastics to be recycled together

October 12, 2018

Never sure whether you can recycle your milk bottles with your margarine tubs? This problem could be solved…
Serious climate change mitigation is likely to reshape everyday life in unexpected ways

October 10, 2018

The team, which also includes researchers from the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products, and the Universities…
Waste plastic in concrete could help support sustainable construction in India

September 19, 2018

The Bath-led research – in partnership with colleagues from Goa Engineering College, India – has shown how replacing…
Biodegradable plastic blends offer new options for disposal

September 10, 2018

Imagine throwing your empty plastic water bottle into a household composting bin that breaks down the plastic and…
Synthesis studies transform waste sugar for sustainable energy storage applications

September 9, 2018

Biorefinery facilities are critical to fueling the economy—converting wood chips, grass clippings, and other biological materials into fuels,…
Water bottles, other recycled 3D printing materials could avoid military supply snags

August 27, 2018

Soldiers on the battlefield or at remote bases often have to wait weeks for vital replacement parts. Now…
New approach to super slippery packaging aims to cut down on food waste

August 8, 2018

Almost everyone who eats fast food is familiar with the frustration of trying to squeeze every last drop…
Deposits on beverage packaging best for the environment

July 4, 2018

DTU Environment has analysed the disposal of packaging from beverages not covered by the current deposit system, e.g., packaging…
Supercomputers Help Design Mutant Enzyme that Eats Plastic Bottles

July 2, 2018

A dump truck’s worth of plastic empties into the ocean every minute. Worldwide, humankind produces over 300 million…
Supercomputers help design mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottle

June 27, 2018

A dump truck’s worth of plastic empties into the ocean every minute. Worldwide, humankind produces over 300 million…
Separate But Together: Ultrathin Membrane Both Isolates and Couples Living and Non-Living Catalysts

June 27, 2018

Berkeley Lab innovation paves the way for scaling up biohybrid systems to synthesize fuels, chemicals. Bioelectrochemical systems combine…
Scientists calculate impact of China’s ban on plastic waste imports

June 25, 2018

While recycling is often touted as the solution to the large-scale production of plastic waste, upwards of half of…
Scientists develop an innovative way to prepare nuclear waste for disposal

May 21, 2018

The future of nuclear power depends on safe disposal at a reasonable cost. Thus diverse, innovative and laden…
PNNL successfully vitrifies three gallons of radioactive tank waste

May 19, 2018

In a first-of-its-kind demonstration, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratoryhave vitrified low-activity waste from underground…
Husker researchers explore ways to repurpose grape waste

April 30, 2018

Roughly 20 percent of the grape, including the seed, stalk and skin, are not used in wine production…
Are Landfills The Resource Banks We’ve Been Looking For?

April 19, 2018

Changing the way we look at landfills could help us solve some of the most pressing problems of…
An eco-friendly alternative to recycling e-waste

March 16, 2018

As consumers toss aside old cell phones, tablets and laptops to keep up with the latest technology, landfills…
Plastic fantastic – researchers turn plastic pollution into cleaners

March 14, 2018

The paper published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces by a joint UK and Brazilian research team describes…
Road, rail, boat: Sandia transport triathlon puts spent nuclear fuel to the test

March 14, 2018

Spent nuclear fuel needs to be safely transported from the power plants where it is generated to interim…
New materials, new perspectives

February 13, 2018

Next time you visit the beach, take a look around. Chances are you’ll see a water bottle stuck in…
Corralling xenon gas out of waste streams

February 2, 2018

From space propulsion to lighting to surgical anesthesia, the applications and needs for xenon gas are growing. And…
Saving food, one ounce at a time

January 31, 2018

Though portions are carefully calculated, some food goes untouched at the end of meal periods. While Campus Dining has had…
Microbes may help astronauts transform human waste into food

January 26, 2018

Human waste may one day be a valuable resource for astronauts on deep-space missions. Now, a Penn State…
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