Chemistry & Physics
New, easily fabricated, high performance carbon microlattice electrodes could soon be used to make cheaper batteries powered by readily available sodium ions. The approach was published by Tohoku University researchers and colleagues in the journal Small.
Record levels of obesity and physical inactivity among children mean they are set to bear the brunt of poorer health effects from rising global temperatures – that’s the stark warning in a new comprehensive review of current studies on the topic.
Ammonia plays an essential role in chemical research and a variety of industries, including agriculture. The catalytic reduction of dinitrogen has become one of the most promising options for producing ammonia in a more environmentally-friendly way. This study proposes a new strategy for catalyst design that could make the existing process greener.
- Green Energy & Environment
- National Natural Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Science and Technology of China
Psychologists from Durham University, UK have found in their study that bonobos produce a variety of signals including “baby-like” signals to strategically display distress when they are attacked by other bonobos.
- Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences
Today, the dominant, though energy-intensive method for capturing carbon dioxide for storage involves bubbling industrial emissions through liquid amines. MOFs and other porous materials are promising and more energy efficient. Now, UC Berkeley, Stanford and Texas A&M researchers have found an even cheaper and equally efficient material for capturiong CO2: porous melamine networks. The main ingredient in Formica, melamine has lower regeneration costs than alternatives, and could be used to capture CO2 from vehicle exhaust.
- Science Advances
- DOE/US Department of Energy
Researchers at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) have developed a flexible, stretchable computing chip that processes information by mimicking the human brain. The device, described in the journal Matter, aims to change the way health data is processed.