Making the most of a tree epidemic

With trees infested by the emerald ash borer deemed essentially worthless, a team of designers wanted to see if the decaying wood could be repurposed as a building material.

Leslie Lok, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Cornell University • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  architecture  carbon  construction  trees  design  ash

A new approach to carbon capture

Researchers design an effective treatment for both exhaust and ambient air.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
July 9, 2020 ~15 min

Tags: sustainability energy environment climate pollution startups carbon greenhouse-gases emissions research carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie alumniae mit-energy-initiative chemical-engineering

Dying star ashes hold clues to carbon in Milky Way

New research sheds light on how and when stars in our galaxy made carbon, "ending up within the raw material from which the sun and its planetary system..."

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins • futurity
July 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space carbon stars science-and-technology white-dwarfs

Bad tree-planting campaigns can totally backfire

Poorly planned tree-planting efforts may risk actually adding to climate change and cutting biodiversity, research on a campaign in Chile finds.

Lindsay Filgas-Stanford • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: climate-change conservation biodiversity carbon trees forests chile featured earth-and-environment

Researchers map tiny twists in “magic-angle” graphene

Results could help designers engineer high-temperature superconductors and quantum computing devices.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: physics graphene electronics carbon research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf department-of-energy-doe 2-d

Some plants gain carbon from their root fungi

Plants don't just get carbon from photosynthesis, new research suggests. Up to 40% may also get a portion from fungi in their roots.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: carbon plants photosynthesis science-and-technology roots

Dirty carbon reveals a sophisticated side

Coal could someday be used to make a variety of useful devices, researchers suggest.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 27, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: electronics carbon coal research invention school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse

Cookstoves may be more dangerous than believed

Though scientists knew the black smoke from cookstoves contained dangerous carbon, new research indicates that's only half the problem.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pollution carbon food greenhouse-gas health-and-medicine

Nanosensor can alert a smartphone when plants are stressed

Carbon nanotubes embedded in leaves detect chemical signals that are produced when a plant is damaged.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: carbon plants research carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology chemical-engineering department-of-energy-doe singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

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