Affordable electric car battery aims to end ‘range anxiety’

A new long-lasting, quick-charging electric car battery may offer a way to ease drivers' "range anxiety"—the fear of running out of power.

A'ndrea Elyse Messer-Penn State • futurity
Jan. 20, 2021 ~5 min

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These two kinds of seafood are most often mislabeled

New research looks mislabeled seafood and finds the most likely culprits to be shrimp and Atlantic farmed salmon.

U. Washington • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~7 min

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Mealworms vs. grasshoppers: Which fails the ‘yuck’ test?

Insects, like mealworms and grasshoppers, are a sustainable, climate-friendly food source. But for kids at least, grasshoppers fail the "yuck test."

Katherina Killander-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Dec. 21, 2020 ~5 min

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Method transforms plastic bags into useful adhesive

Researchers have created a process that turns plastic bags into a tough adhesive. The work could fix an issue with recycling plastic into cheaper products.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~9 min

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Vanilla genome may lead to better beans

Researchers have sequenced the DNA of a variety of vanilla plants with hopes the information can help create tougher, better crops.

Lourdes Rodriguez • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~6 min

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Mangrove bacteria turns sludge into bioplastics

Using a bacterial strain from mangroves, researchers have uncovered a low-cost, sustainable way to produce bioplastics from sewage sludge and wastewater.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~7 min

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Renewable energy benefits vary by place

Wind and solar power in California isn't as beneficial to the environment as renewable energy in Florida, researchers say. Here's why and why it matters.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Dec. 15, 2020 ~5 min

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Some fish are likely to get caught and recaught

New research identifies four species of ocean fish that tend to get caught more than once. Here's what that means for sustainable fisheries.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Nov. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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Diversifying crops is a ‘win-win’

Farms with more diverse crops can benefit the environment while not sacrificing yields, new research finds. In many cases, yields went up, in fact.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Nov. 12, 2020 ~5 min

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New type of soil waters plants by itself

New self-watering soil that pulls water from the air to feed it to plants could help people grow crops in places with sandy soil.

Nat Levy-UT Austin • futurity
Nov. 3, 2020 ~5 min

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