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Metal recyclers prepare for electric car revolution

Posted on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Recycling companies are honing processes to extract metals from old batteries more cheaply and efficiently so they can capitalize on an expected shortfall in materials such as cobalt and lithium when sales of electric cars take off. An employee sorts used primary non-rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries before being recycled by the …

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Jet Fuel From Sugarcane? It’s No Flight of Fancy

Posted on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

The aviation industry produces two percent of global human-induced carbon dioxide emissions. This share may seem relatively small—for perspective, electricity generation and home heating account for more than 40 percent—but aviation is one of the world’s fastest-growing greenhouse gas sources. Demand for air travel is projected to double in the next 20 years. Airlines are under …

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This Renewable ‘Instant Coal’ Could Be The Fuel of The Future

Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017

The world is shifting from fossil fuels to renewable energy in a big way right now, but a group of scientists has come up with a new kind of material that works like a renewable substitute for coal. This ‘instant coal’ biofuel brings the high energy efficiency of coal without the usual …

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Fisker patents EV battery with a range of 500 miles that can be charged in 1 minute

Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017

It might sound too good to be true – but Fisker is working on an electric vehicle battery that can charge up to 100% in just one minute. They’ve reportedly made a breakthrough in solid-state batteries– and their technology could allow an EV to travel 500 miles after a single charge. Designer Henrik Fisker relaunched his EV venture last …

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Solar Roadways!

Posted on Thursday, November 16th, 2017


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What Is Carbon Capture and Storage, and Why Do We Need It?

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

A bipartisan group in Congress, including several Ohio Valley lawmakers, is pushing for more federal support for poorly understood technology known as carbon capture and storage. The lawmakers and an uncommon alliance of labor, business, and environmental groups want to pass legislation called the FUTURE Act which would speed commercial deployment of …

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20 Facts About Our Plastic-Packed Planet and 9 Ways to Help

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

  Plastic is moldable, durable, and its versatility means it’s everywhere and in everything from computers to medical devices. Its benefits are impossible to deny, but our relationship to this marvelous material is ultimately an unhealthy one. We undervalue and overuse plastic and in turn overdispose of it. Our plastic addiction …

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Lush wants to make animal testing irrelevant

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

This formidable soap company uses its annual Lush Prize to reward scientists working to replace animals in product safety testing. Lush is no ordinary cosmetics company. Not only does it manufacture a vast line of products, but it is actively involved in fighting for social justice, environmental protection, and, of …

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How to set up a public electric vehicle charging station, the fast charging edition

Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

As electric vehicle use spreads, demand for more—and faster—charging stations will grow too. So far, when businesses have looked at installing electric vehicle charging, most have opted to go for slower, Level 2 charging which provides most vehicles with about 20 miles of charge in an hour. (A little more for Tesla …

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How a Free Grocery Store Is Cutting Food Waste—and Hunger

Posted on Friday, November 10th, 2017

On a windy late afternoon, dozens of people have lined up in front of a 20-foot-long repurposed shipping container situated on a church parking lot. Inside, volunteers are unloading food items from custom-built shopping carts and stacking them onto rows of shelves. There are hearty rice meals and healthy salads, …

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