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Hydrogel, Solar Power Provide Simple Water Purification

An engineering lab demonstrates how polymer gels and ambient sunlight can provide a simple, inexpensive alternative to current complex and expensive technologies for desalinating or purifying drinking water. . . . → Read More: Hydrogel, Solar Power Provide Simple Water Purification

How Going Green Could Help Your Business

Going green in this fashion within your business will not only help the environment but it will stand to help your business. . . . → Read More: How Going Green Could Help Your Business

Tech Industry Groups Blast Paris Accord Exit

President Trump’s decision, announced today, to withdraw from the international climate change agreement signed in 2015 received stiff rebukes from technology industry organizations. . . . → Read More: Tech Industry Groups Blast Paris Accord Exit

Solar Cells Shown Feasible to Power Medical Implants

Biomedical engineers in Switzerland built and field-tested small solar cells that generated enough energy for implanted medical devices like heart pacemakers. . . . → Read More: Solar Cells Shown Feasible to Power Medical Implants

Solar Reactor Devised for Small-Scale Chemical Production

An engineering group developed a solar-powered catalytic reactor that can produce small amounts of drugs and agricultural chemicals on demand. . . . → Read More: Solar Reactor Devised for Small-Scale Chemical Production

U.S. Energy Use Declines in 2015, Renewables Gain

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20 April 2016. Energy use by Americans in their homes and businesses declined in 2015 from the previous year, due to a sharp drop in coal burned for electric power, among other factors. The findings were published in an annual accounting of national energy supply and demand by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, . . . → Read More: U.S. Energy Use Declines in 2015, Renewables Gain

What it Takes to Innovate in the Old Economy

Richard van Atta (A. Kotok)

12 February 2016. Innovation is important throughout the modern economy, particularly in established industries that may lack the excitement of hot new sectors like biotechnology. A panel at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS 2016 annual meeting today (12 February) in Washington, D.C. examined . . . → Read More: What it Takes to Innovate in the Old Economy

Solar Process Converts CO2 to Source of Power, Chemicals

Andrew Bocarsly (Brian Wilson, Princeton University)

2 July 2014. Chemists from Princeton University and spin-off company Liquid Light Inc. in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey created a process to use sunlight for converting carbon dioxide into formic acid, a source for electric power and industrial chemicals. Princeton chemistry professor Andrew Bocarsly, also a founder . . . → Read More: Solar Process Converts CO2 to Source of Power, Chemicals

Simple Solar Water System Devised to Kill Pathogens

(Greg Riegler/Flickr)

Engineering and food science faculty at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana designed a solar device to kill waterborne bacteria that the inventors say can help provide clean drinking water to millions of people in developing countries. Civil and environmental engineering professor Ernest “Chip” Blatchley and food science biologist Bruce Applegate, . . . → Read More: Simple Solar Water System Devised to Kill Pathogens

3-D Printing Lifecycle Shown More Environmentally Friendly

Joshua Pearce holding 3-D printed item, and 3-D printer in background (Michigan Technological University)

Materials scientists at Michigan Technological University in Houghton found that in a lifecycle analysis of production processes, distributed three-dimensional printing can have a smaller environmental impact than conventional manufacturing. Michigan Tech’s Joshua Pearce and graduate student Megan Kreiger published . . . → Read More: 3-D Printing Lifecycle Shown More Environmentally Friendly