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Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Bacteria-Based Hydrogel Beads Clean Up Contaminated Groundwater
Beads that contain bacteria and a slow-release food supply to sustain them can clean up contaminated groundwater for months on end, maintenance-free.
Briefs: Energy
Organic Lithium-Powered Batteries
These batteries are more environmentally friendly while retaining performance, stability, and storage capacity.
The technology could lead to production of fuels, building materials, and other products in a carbon-neutral way.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Nature-Inspired Green Energy Technology
A new design enables artificial photosynthesis to generate fuel that can power homes and vehicles.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Biohybrid Can Turn Carbon Dioxide into New Products
Applications exist both on Mars and on Earth.
"Who knows? Maybe one day we will have roofs covered with humidity panels together with solar panels," TAU professor Colin Price told Tech Briefs.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Selecting Pressure Sensors for Autoclaves
Find the right pressure sensors for your sterilization applications.
This method of producing clean syngas could be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline.
This method can be used to protect stored building materials and to remediate in-service wood and wood products.
This green process produces pristine graphene in bulk using waste food, plastic, and other materials.
This technology supports CO2 emissions reduction in cement manufacturing.
Q&A: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Q&A: Turning Trash into Valuable Graphene
A new process will reduce the cost of manufacturing graphene by a factor of more than 100.
The NASA study is a first step in developing a model to deploy in future disasters.
The additive creates fuel from biomass while improving engine performance.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Underwater Telecom Cables Used as Seismic Network
Fiber-optic cables could help scientists study offshore earthquakes and the geologic structures hidden deep beneath the ocean surface.
This robot “blood” stores energy, transmits force, operates appendages, and provides structure, all in an integrated design.
This controller minimizes the burden on the power grid.
Question of the Week: Green Design & Manufacturing
Do you Like the Idea of Fungi-Inspired Design?

Our lead INSIDER story today demonstrated the potential of fungi as a building material. Aside from supporting theoretical space habitats, fungal mycelia have been used to create actual chairs and 2x4 structures. What do you think? Do you Like the Idea of Fungi-Inspired Design?

Blog: Green Design & Manufacturing
The Next Building Material for Mars: Fungi?
When astronauts arrive on the Moon, their habitat may be one made out of fungi.
Briefs: Test & Measurement
Chromium Removal from PVC Filters
The process does not cause any structural changes to the PVC filter membrane.
This method will enable safer fluorescent light recycling.
This approach is a cost-effective way to convert carbon dioxide gas into methane.

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and the majority live in developing nations. A process was...

Applications include modeling of tidal stress response of icy satellites as well as fatigue of terrestrial ice shelves.
A solvent leaches cobalt and lithium for reuse from spent batteries.
Electric motors and gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases from long-haul trucks.
This plant-based material can be manufactured using water as a solvent instead of other harmful solvents.

The challenge of building an energy future that preserves and improves the planet is a massive undertaking. Scientists and politicians have recognized...

A new concept for an aluminum battery has twice the energy density as previous versions, is made of abundant materials, and could lead to reduced production costs and environmental impact. The...

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