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Tree Totally Powers Custom Circuit

Last year, MIT researchers found that plants generate a voltage of up to 200 millivolts when one electrode is placed in a plant and the other in the surrounding soil. A University of Washington team followed up on this research, and has run a custom circuit entirely off tree power.

Posted in: Environmental Monitoring, Green Design & Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Step Forward in Solar Cell Efficiency

Researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed thin films that exhibit carrier multiplication (CM) - a development that is of great interest for future solar cells.

Posted in: Solar Power, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Energy, News, GDM

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Mobile Ridesharing Device Reduces Traffic, Pollution

In spite of rising energy prices, many car drivers in large cities still ride alone. Fraunhofer's OpenRide mobile ridesharing service aims to save them money, while helping the environment by reducing the amount of traffic.

Posted in: Pollution, Transportation, News, Products, GDM

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Decomposing Plastics at Sea

Billions of pounds of plastic waste are floating in the world’s oceans. Scientists are reporting that even though plastics are reputed to be virtually indestructible, they decompose with surprising speed and release potentially toxic substances into the water.

Posted in: Pollution, News, GDM

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"Chemical Fuel Tank" Gives Hydrogen Storage New Hope

Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of Alabama researchers have come up with a new method for recycling hydrogen-containing fuel materials, which could open the door to economically viable hydrogen-based vehicles. The researchers worked within DOE’s Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center of Excellence.

Posted in: Alternative Fuels, Green Design & Manufacturing, Recycling Technologies, Energy Storage, Energy, Transportation, News, GDM

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NASA's High-End Computing System Upgraded For Climate Simulation

Climate scientists need more powerful computers to process the sophisticated computer models used in climate forecasts. Such an expanded capability is now being developed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Posted in: Climate, News, Products, GDM

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Using Algae to Safeguard Water Supplies

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have refined a method for detecting contaminants in municipal water supplies. Their work shows that the technology, which uses algae, has broader applications than expected.

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