University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers examined the use of a processing catalyst made from palladium metal and bacteria that is much cheaper. They believe the new catalyst will make fuels that are produced from nonpetroleum-based biological sources greener and more affordable. Biofuels are made from renewable materials such as plants or algae, and offer […]

Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo researchers found the use of ethanol in vehicles reduces pollution by nanoparticles. Levels of ultrafine particulate matter in São Paulo City, Brazil, increased by up to 30 percent at times when ethanol prices rose and it’s consumption fell. When ethanol prices at the pump rise […]

Stanford researchers show that lake sediments preserved within ancient supervolcanoes can host large lithium-rich clay deposits. Most of the lithium used to make the lithium-ion batteries that power modern electronics comes from Australia and Chile. A U.S. domestic source of lithium would help meet the rising demand for this valuable metal, which is critical for […]

Sandia National Laboratories is helping HelioBioSys Inc.and they have patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. The partnership is to help HelioBioSys Inc. learn whether farming them on a large scale would be successful. We might not cook with […]

Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) scientists have discovered a remarkably simple way to suppress a common instability that can halt Tokamak fusion reactions and damage the walls of reactors built to create a “star in a jar.” The findings, published in June in the journal Physical Review Letters, stem from experiments performed on the National […]

keep looking »