A new way to remove contaminants from nuclear wastewater

Method concentrates radionuclides in a small portion of a nuclear plant’s wastewater, allowing the rest to be recycled.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Dec. 19, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research school-of-engineering chemical-engineering energy water desalination mathematics nuclear-science-and-engineering

‘Two-faced’ solar cells generate a lot more power

If solar panels could gather sunlight from two sides instead of one, they could generate up to 20% more power, a new formula shows.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue | Dec. 19, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment electricity renewable-energy sunlight sustainability

Congress and climate news spark oil company ads

When climate change is in the news or a focus of Congress, oil companies spend more money on advertising, new research shows.

Jill Kimball-Brown | Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment advertising business climate-change energy government journalism money united-states

Chemists glimpse the fleeting “transition state” of a reaction

New technique for observing reaction products offers insights into the chemical mechanisms that formed them.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 16, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research chemistry school-of-science department-of-energy-doe national-science-foundation-nsf

The uncertain role of natural gas in the transition to clean energy

MIT study finds that challenges in measuring and mitigating leakage of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, prove pivotal.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Dec. 16, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: idss research solar energy renewable-energy alternative-energy climate-change technology-and-society oil-and-gas economics policy mit-energy-initiative emissions sustainability esi greenhouse-gases

Taking the carbon out of construction with engineered wood

Substituting lumber for materials such as cement and steel could cut building emissions and costs.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | Dec. 11, 2019 | mit
~4 mins   

Tags: research climate-change greenhouse-gases emissions climate environment energy economics policy carbon-dioxide building sustainability materials-science-and-engineering cement joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change

Is there dark matter at the center of the Milky Way?

A new analysis puts dark matter back in the game as a possible source of energy excess at the galactic center.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 10, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics center-for-theoretical-physics laboratory-for-nuclear-science physics research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science department-of-energy-doe

Understanding the impact of deep-sea mining

Mining materials from the sea floor could help secure a low-carbon future, but researchers are racing to understand the environmental effects.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering | Dec. 5, 2019 | mit
~11 mins   

Tags: mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering oceanography-and-ocean-engineering environment sustainability batteries renewable-energy research energy-storage

Women in STEM: Dr Jenny Zhang

Dr Jenny Zhang is a group leader and BBSRC David Phillips Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, where she is re-wiring photosynthesis to generate renewable fuels. Here, she tells us about why she switched from cancer research to sustainability, how her Fellowship programme is helping her develop leadership skills, and why eggs in her childhood home would regularly go missing.

Cambridge University News | Dec. 5, 2019 | cambridge
~6 mins   

Tags: energy fuel solar sustainability sustainable-earth women-in-stem

Green-sky thinking for propulsion and power

A rapid way of turning ideas into new technologies in the aviation and power industries has been developed at Cambridge’s Whittle Laboratory. Here, Professor Rob Miller, Director of the Whittle, describes how researchers plan to scale the process to cover around 80% of the UK’s future aerodynamic technology needs.

Cambridge University News | Dec. 4, 2019 | cambridge
~7 mins   

Tags: sustainable-earth environment aircraft energy innovation engineering climate-change carbon-emissions

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