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Researchers Turning Emissions Into Fuel
2011-10-07 05:59:13

Researchers have produced a way to simultaneously reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide and produce fuel. University of Illinois researchers said they have teamed up with startup company Dioxide Materials to produce a new method that improves artificial photosynthesis. In artificial photosynthesis, an electrochemical cell uses energy collected by solar panels or wind turbines to convert CO2 to simple carbon fuels like formic aside or methanol. Turning carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide...

2011-10-05 14:48:04

A new insight into global photosynthesis, the chemical process governing how ocean and land plants absorb and release carbon dioxide, has been revealed in research that will assist scientists to more accurately assess future climate change. In a paper published today in Nature, a team of US, Dutch and Australian scientists have estimated that the global rate of photosynthesis, the chemical process governing the way ocean and land plants absorb and release CO2, occurs 25% faster than...

2011-09-29 22:30:37

Researchers recommend the reworking of global carbon models in Nature The global uptake of carbon by land plants may be up to 45 per cent more than previously thought. This is the conclusion of an international team of scientists, based on the variability of heavy oxygen atoms in the carbon dioxide of the atmosphere driven by the El Niño effect. As the oxygen atoms in carbon dioxide were converted faster than expected during the El Niño years, current...

Miscanthus-sun-Web
2011-09-24 09:02:06

International Panel of Scientists Point the Way Forward Photosynthesis is one of nature´s finest miracles. Through the photosynthetic process, green plants absorb sunlight in their leaves and convert the photonic energy into chemical energy that is stored as sugars in the plants´ biomass. If we can learn from nature and develop an artificial version of photosynthesis we would have an energy source that is absolutely clean and virtually inexhaustible. “Solar energy is...

2011-09-23 12:11:53

All-natural nanostructures could address pressing environmental problem A year ago Northwestern University chemists published their recipe for a new class of nanostructures made of sugar, salt and alcohol. Now, the same team has discovered the edible compounds can efficiently detect, capture and store carbon dioxide. And the compounds themselves are carbon-neutral. The porous crystals -- known as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) -- are made from all-natural ingredients and are simple to...

Image 1 - Nature Offers Lessons On Harvesting Solar Power
2011-09-23 04:26:01

  Clean solutions to human energy demands are essential to our future. While sunlight is the most abundant source of energy at our disposal, we have yet to learn how to capture, transfer and store solar energy efficiently. According to University of Toronto chemistry professor Greg Scholes, the answers can be found in the complex systems at work in nature. "Solar fuel production often starts with the energy from light being absorbed by an assembly of molecules," said Scholes, the...

2011-09-20 07:00:00

GOLDEN, Colo., Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- BioVantage Resources, Inc. (www.biovantageresources.com) has announced the availability of algae scale-up bioreactors to reduce time-to-commercialization, facilitating small-to-large volume production of phototrophic cultures. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110920/CG70212) Products come in three form-factors: 8-30 liter bubble columns, 400-6000 liter tank-based bioreactors (or inoculation systems), and larger,...

2011-09-17 07:00:00

The best fall foliage colors can be seen by spending several days in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah National Park, and driving around each of those days. Choosing to stay in a cabin rental in Virginia provides a great base from which to explore. Waynesboro, VA (PRWEB) September 17, 2011 âœWhen should I come to see the peak colors?â This question causes the phones at Cabin Creekwood to ring off the hook as the days get shorter and the...

2011-09-14 12:15:38

Vats of blue-green algae could one day replace oil wells in producing raw materials for the chemical industry, a UC Davis chemist predicts. Shota Atsumi, an assistant professor of chemistry, is using “synthetic biology” to create cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, that convert carbon dioxide in the air into complex hydrocarbons, all powered by sunlight. Cyanobacteria are single-celled organisms that, like green plants, can use sunlight to turn carbon dioxide and water into...

2011-09-13 12:41:17

Professor André Hudson's research could advance algaecide development Algaecide is no crime. Consider that some strains of algae produce toxins lethal to wildlife, fish and plants. Even the less harmful varieties suck oxygen out of water, suffocating living creatures in lakes, ponds, pools and aquariums. Recent algal blooms in the Great Lakes, for instance, threaten critical ecosystems. Rochester Institute of Technology scientist André Hudson and colleagues...