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Catalogue of sustainable design resources developed

February 24th, 2011
A new catalog of eco-friendly materials for use in the construction industry has been developed.

New way to design metal nanoparticle catalysts

February 22nd, 2011
Researchers have discovered a new strategy for fabricating metal nanoparticles in catalysts that promises to enhance the selectivity and yield for a wide range of structure-sensitive catalytic reactions.

Plants that can move inspire new adaptive structures

February 19th, 2011
The Mimosa plant, which folds its leaves when they're touched, is inspiring a new class of adaptive structures designed to twist, bend, stiffen and even heal themselves.

Better way to diagnose pneumonia

February 18th, 2011
Researchers have created a new sampling device that could prevent thousands of people worldwide from dying of pneumonia each year.

Indoor Sources of Poly- and Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCS) in Vancouver, Canada: Implications for Human Exposure

February 18th, 2011

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es103562v

System for heat collection from asphalt pavements under development

February 11th, 2011
Researchers are working at developing a system for collecting the solar energy absorbed by asphalt paved surfaces.

Spatial and Temporal Trends of Perfluorinated Compounds in Beluga Whales (Delphinapterus leucas) from Alaska

February 10th, 2011

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/es103560q

Welders can breathe easier with chromium-free alloy, research suggests

February 10th, 2011
A new alloy promises to lessen welders' risk of breathing toxic fumes on the job. The alloy is a welding "consumable" -- the material that melts under the welder's torch to fill the gap between parts that are being joined. The new nickel alloy consumable is more expensive compared to those already on the market, but worth the cost in situations where adequate ventilation is a problem.

Taming carbon nanotubes

February 7th, 2011
Carbon nanotubes have many attractive properties, and their structure and areas of application can be compared with those of graphene, the material for whose discovery the most recent Nobel Prize was awarded. In order to be able to exploit these properties, however, it is necessary to have full control of the manufacturing process. Scientists are now closing in on the answer.

Gas stations pollute their immediate surroundings, Spanish study finds

February 4th, 2011
In Spain, it is relatively common to come across gas stations surrounded by houses, particularly in urban areas. Researchers have studied the effects of contamination at gas stations that is potentially harmful to health, which can be noted in buildings less than 100 meters from the service stations.
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