Making new functional polymers for 3-D printers
Oct 19, 2016
Chemical engineers at the University of Melbourne have found a way to 3-D print smart polymers (or plastics) that can perform a function, in a way that is cheaper, cleaner and more accessible than ever before.
VW fix for some cheating diesels could be approved soon
Oct 14, 2016
Repairs that would fix about 15 percent of Volkswagen's cheating 2-liter diesel engines could be approved by regulators in the next few weeks.
New food-ordering formula could lead to less food waste in buffet-style restaurants
Oct 11, 2016
In a 2013 study conducted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), researchers estimated one third of all food produced for human consumption in the world is lost or wasted. Although waste occurs in ...
Researchers prove fast microbial evolutionary bursts exist
Sep 23, 2016
There are more than a dozen species of finch that evolved on the Galapagos Islands, each identified by beak shape and size. Some have strong beaks to crack nuts while others have long, fine beaks to grasp larvae with surgical ...
Largest-ever study reveals environmental impact of genetically modified crops
Sep 16, 2016
According to new research from University of Virginia economist Federico Ciliberto, widespread adoption of genetically modified crops has decreased the use of insecticides, but increased the use of weed-killing herbicides ...
What's the best way to remove perfluoroalkyls that threaten the water supply?
Sep 09, 2016
Elevated levels of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in drinking water can persist in water supplies for long periods and present an important health risk for millions of Americans, from hormone suppression to potentially ...
Inferring urban travel patterns from cellphone data
Aug 29, 2016
In making decisions about infrastructure development and resource allocation, city planners rely on models of how people move through their cities, on foot, in cars, and on public transportation. Those models are largely ...
New book offers comprehensive look at fracturing horizontal wells
Aug 15, 2016
Fracturing horizontal wells has had a profound impact on the U.S. oil and gas industry over the past 25 years, allowing production from fields once considered too marginal to produce. A new book, "Fracturing Horizontal Wells," ...
Vortex rings may aid cell delivery, cell-free protein production
Aug 12, 2016
Some of the world's most important discoveries – penicillin, vulcanized rubber and Velcro, to name a few – were made by accident. In fact, it's been said that upward of half of all scientific discoveries are by chance.
Biological wizardry ferments carbon monoxide into biofuel
Jul 26, 2016
Cornell University biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make the biofuel ethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide - a common industrial waste gas.