What electric car drivers want in charging stations

New research uses machine learning to gauge people's views on the available charging stations for electric vehicles.

Michael Pearson-Georgia Tech • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability infrastructure electric-vehicles consumers earth-and-environment vehicles

Desalination device turns brine into useful chemicals

A new approach to desalination avoids the need for disposing potentially hazardous chemicals in local ecosystems.

Michelle Horton-Stanford • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability water earth-and-environment salt

Coating made from eggs protects fresh produce

A coating made from eggs that would otherwise be headed to landfills can keep produce fresher for longer. It's also edible or easily washed off.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
June 4, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability food eggs fruit vegetables science-and-technology coatings

Computer models may make lab-grown meat cheaper

Lab-grown meat is still too expensive for the large scale, but computer models could make it cheaper, say researchers.

Matt Swayne-Penn State • futurity
May 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability food money cells meat featured earth-and-environment

Expert: COVID-19 could boost plastic pollution

An expert breaks down why the COVID-19 pandemic has increased plastic use, and why plastic pollution could become a larger problem in the future.

Fengwei Xie-Warwick • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: sustainability covid-19 pollution earth-and-environment plastics

Quantum hardware could cut AI power needs

Sharing intelligence features between hardware and software would offset the energy demands of using artificial intelligence in more advanced applications.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability artificial-intelligence electricity materials-science quantum-physics science-and-technology

‘Artificial leaf’ splits water to make sustainable power

"What we have is an integrated module that turns sunlight into electricity that drives an electrochemical reaction. It utilizes water and sunlight to get chemical fuels."

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability solar-cells water electricity light hydrogen science-and-technology

50% less animal-based food gets US 25% closer to climate goal

Cutting half of the animal-based food in US diets would be equivalent to cutting the annual emissions of 47.5 million passenger vehicles.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change food greenhouse-gas united-states meat featured earth-and-environment dairy

Big data says time’s running out to save the environment

"The more we map and analyze, the more we find the state of the environment, albeit Antarctic ice sheets, wetlands, or forests, is dire."

Lito Vilisoni Wilson • futurity
April 27, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change conservation data-science earth-and-environment

System more sustainably models chemical reactions

A lab-based "intelligent microsystem" employs machine learning for modeling chemical reactions, researchers report.

Karl Greenberg-NYU • futurity
April 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry sustainability earth-and-environment catalysts

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