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School buildings designed as 'teaching green' can lead to better environmental education
Laura Cole, an assistant professor of architectural studies in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, has found that students who attend school in buildings specifically designed to be 'green' exhibit higher levels of knowledge about energy efficiency and environmentally friendly building practices. (2016-02-24)

Marketing key to return on corporate social responsibility investment, ISU study shows
The decision to give to charity or develop a more sustainable product should not depend solely on a corporation's bottom line, but it is certainly a factor. According to a new Iowa State University study, a strong marketing department is crucial to helping a firm leverage its efforts to be socially responsible. (2016-02-23)

Eco-friendly food packaging material created by NUS researchers doubles shelf-life of food products
Researchers from the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering have successfully developed an environmentally friendly food packaging material that is free from chemical additives, by fortifying natural chitosan-based composite film with grapefruit seed extract. This novel food packaging material can slow down fungal growth, doubling the shelf-life of perishable food, such as bread. (2016-02-23)

Smart skin made of recyclable materials may transform medicine and robotics
Smart skin that can respond to external stimuli could have important applications in medicine and robotics. (2016-02-19)

Organic waste for sustainable batteries
A carbon-based active material produced from apple leftovers and a material of layered oxides might help reduce the costs of future energy storage systems. Both were found to have excellent electrochemical properties and stand for the environmentally compatible and sustainable use of resources. Now, these materials are presented by researchers of the Helmholtz Institute Ulm of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in the journals ChemElectroChem and Advanced Energy Materials. (2016-02-18)

Engineered gene drives and the future
Engineered gene drives, which have the potential to spread desirable genes throughout wild populations or to suppress harmful species, have received a lot of recent attention because of their potential to control organisms, such as mosquitoes that carry diseases such as Zika virus, malaria and dengue fever. (2016-02-18)

Sustainable solutions for challenges in developing countries
On Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, Leuphana University of Lüneburg and information solutions provider Elsevier announce the top five candidates for the first Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge. The selected projects offer environmentally friendly and sustainable processes, products and resources which can be used to address challenges in developing countries. (2016-02-15)

Incentivizing citizen science discovery for a sustainable world
As part of the symposium on Citizen Science and Information Technology, Carla P. Gomes will present on UDiscoverit, a program of Cornell University's Institute for Computational Sustainability. The program seeks to accelerate scientific discovery by integrating citizen science data and crowdsourced information into advanced computational models and algorithms. How are scientists seeking to inspire volunteers and fellow scientists to develop global efforts? (2016-02-13)

Not your grandfather's house, but maybe it should be
Everyone wants a house to live in, and more and more, people around the world want the kinds of houses seen in Europe and North America, rather than those they grew up with, according to a Penn State engineer. However, industrial building materials are often scarce and expensive and alternative, locally sourced, sustainable materials are often a better choice. (2016-02-12)

Success in making use of waste heat to generate electrical power
The industrial engineer Patricia Aranguren-Garacochea has successfully demonstrated in an experiment that the waste heat from the combustion fumes produced by a boiler and an industrial kiln can be used to generate electricity. Specifically, she obtained energy that was the equivalent of the amount used by 40 homes in the space of one year. (2016-02-11)

Why you may skimp on your Valentine's Day gift
In the study, 'The Friendly Taking Effect: How Interpersonal Closeness Leads to Seemingly Selfish Yet Jointly Maximizing Choice,' Chicago Booth researchers find that people are more likely to take from a close other than a distant other. In a series of studies, the researchers determine that this tendency is rooted in a friendly intention of trying to maximize the total benefits for the pair, or the so-called 'self-other collective.' (2016-02-10)

Electric-car battery materials could harm key soil bacteria
The growing popularity of battery-powered cars could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they are not entirely Earth friendly. Problems can creep in when these batteries are disposed of. Scientists, in a new study in ACS' journal Chemistry of Materials, are reporting that compounds increasingly used in lithium-ion batteries are toxic to a type of soil-dwelling bacteria that plays an important environmental role. (2016-02-10)

Kitchen skills are highly dependent on level of income and children living at home
Our knowledge of food and our kitchen skills are highly dependent on our level of income and on whether we have children living at home. This is the result of a study conducted by the MAPP Centre at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University. (2016-02-08)

Expression of a 'Ouija Board' protein that can summon 'monster' genes
A research group led by University of Tsukuba Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences Associate Professor Ryusuke Niwa, in a joint study with the National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, has studied Drosophila melanogaster flies to discover a new protein dubbed 'Ouija Board,' which plays an important role in the biosynthesis of the steroid hormones necessary for insect development. (2016-02-08)

Oregano may reduce methane in cow burps
A new research project aims to reduce methane emissions from dairy cows by up to 25 per cent. This benefits not only the environment, but also arable farmers and milk producers. (2016-02-08)

Gender diversity in the boardroom key for LGBT friendly firms
Diversity in the boardroom is key to advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)- inclusive polices, finds a study published by SAGE in the journal Human Relations, in partnership with The Tavistock Institute. (2016-02-03)

NUS researchers turn paper waste into ultralight super material
A research team led by Assistant Professor Duong Hai Minh from the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Faculty of Engineering, has achieved a world's first by successfully converting paper waste into green cellulose aerogels that are non-toxic, ultralight, flexible, extremely strong and water repellent. This novel material is ideal for applications such as oil spill cleaning, heat insulation as well as packaging, and it can potentially be used as coating materials for drug delivery and as smart materials for various biomedical applications. (2016-02-03)

Organic agriculture key to feeding the world sustainably
Washington State University researchers have concluded that feeding a growing global population with sustainability goals in mind is possible. Their review of hundreds of published studies provides evidence that organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment and be safer for farm workers. (2016-02-03)

Cooling with metal muscles: Engineers develop the refrigerator of the future
Cooling is a hugely important process in today's world. But how can cooling be carried out in future in a way that does not harm the climate and that helps to conserve natural resources? The approach taken by Professors Stefan Seelecke and Andreas Schütze from Saarland University focuses on systems that use shape memory materials, also known as 'artificial muscles.' Working together with researchers in Bochum, they are developing a new method of cooling. (2016-02-02)

Extracting rare-earth elements from coal could soon be economical in US
The US could soon decrease its dependence on importing valuable rare-earth elements that are widely used in many industries, according to a team of Penn State and US Department of Energy researchers who found a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to extract these metals from coal byproducts. (2016-02-02)

Cling-on warriors
An interdisciplinary group of researchers at UC Santa Barbara has taken strides in the development of an underwater adhesive that has the potential for a variety of biomedical and non-biological applications. (2016-02-01)

Capitalize on 'life transitions' to instill better environmental behaviors
House moves or a change of job provide an idea 'window of opportunity' to promote more sustainable behaviors, according to a new psychology study. (2016-01-27)

Creating 'greener' wrinkle-resistant cotton fabric
Ironing is a tedious chore, but wearing crumpled clothing is unprofessional. That's why 'wrinkle-resistant' garments have become so popular. But the current methods for making these textiles often release formaldehyde -- a chemical that in large amounts is hazardous to human health -- into the air and water. Now a team reports in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering a method for making wrinkle-resistant cotton fabrics that is more environmentally friendly and cost effective. (2016-01-27)

Inaugural UofL Optimal Aging Conference set for June 12-14
The Institute for Sustainable Health & Optimal Aging at the University of Louisville will host its inaugural Optimal Aging Conference June 12-14 in Louisville. (2016-01-26)

Newly discovered photosynthetic bacteria is surprisingly abundant
A bacterium found in the remote Gobi Desert has shown talents for using the sun's light as energy, and now researchers reveal that it can be found in surprisingly many different places, including water treatment plants. The bacterium may become a valuable partner for researchers working with environmentally friendly biofuels. (2016-01-20)

Tecnalia develops legume protein-based films and coatings
The main aim of the European LEGUVAL project is to valorise the by-products of the legume processing industry, which are currently discarded, so that they can be used to prepare plastic materials for agriculture, packaging and automotive applications. (2016-01-20)

Preventative measures can help to control squash bugs
An open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management offers advice on how growers can control squash bugs (Anasa tristis). (2016-01-20)

Weather-worn lizards might adapt to new climates
James Cook University scientists have found lizards exposed to rain, hail and shine may cope better with extreme weather events predicted as a result of climate change than their fair-weather cousins. (2016-01-14)

Fuel cell advance
Researchers from the University of Delaware and Beijing University of Chemical Technology report a breakthrough in Nature Communications that promises to bring down the cost of hydrogen fuel cells by replacing expensive platinum catalysts with cheaper ones made from metals like nickel. (2016-01-14)

Eindhoven student team to build the world's first car powered by formic acid
Building a car that is powered by formic acid. That is the ambition of Team FAST, a new student team from Eindhoven University of Technology. Since formic acid can store hydrogen, an environmentally-friendly fuel, it has more benefits than existing hydrogen or electric powered cars. (2016-01-14)

Photovoltaics? On perovskites produced by mechanochemistry!
Perovskites, substances that perfectly absorb light, are the future of solar energy. The opportunity for their rapid dissemination has just increased thanks to a cheap and environmentally safe method of production of these materials, developed by chemists from Warsaw, Poland. Rather than in solutions at a high temperature, perovskites can now be synthesized by solid-state mechanochemical processes: by grinding powders. (2016-01-14)

What happens with the environment when your car moves?
The study conducted by high school student Gleb Rukhovich demonstrates that platinum and palladium salts readily aggregate into various clusters and give rise to a number of metal species upon a contact with water. These findings draw attention to potentially dangerous consequences of environmental pollution by automobile transportation. (2016-01-13)

Nano-hybrid materials create magnetic effect
A Rice University and Montreal Polytechnic theoretical study defines the electromagnetic properties of graphene and boron nitride hybrids. The results provide a roadmap for new nano-engineered applications. (2016-01-13)

How copper makes organic light-emitting diodes more efficient
Copper as a fluorescent material allows for the manufacture of inexpensive and environmentally compatible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Thermally activated delayed fuorescence ensures high light yield. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, CYNORA, and the University of St. Andrews have now measured the underlying quantum mechanics phenomenon of intersystem crossing in a copper complex. The results of this work are reported in Science Advances and contribute to enhancing the energy efficiency of OLEDs. (2016-01-12)

New bimetallic alloy nanoparticles for printed electronic circuits
A Toyohashi Tech researcher, in cooperation with researchers at Duke University, has invented a production method for oxidation-resistant copper alloy nanoparticles for printed electronics. These novel nanoparticles were produced by an environmentally friendly and economical 'wire explosion' method. This invention will expand the application range of printed electronics. (2016-01-05)

IU scientists create 'nano-reactor' for the production of hydrogen biofuel
Scientists at Indiana University have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen -- one half of the 'holy grail' of splitting H2O to make hydrogen and oxygen for fueling cheap and efficient cars that run on water. (2016-01-04)

The ugly consumer: Ridiculing those who shop ethically
No one wants to knowingly buy products made with child labor or that harm the environment. But a new study shows that we also don't want to work too hard to find out whether our favorite products were made ethically. And we really don't like those good people who make the effort to seek out ethically made goods when we choose not to. (2016-01-04)

Researchers demonstrate tracking of individual catalyst nanoparticles during heating
McMaster University researchers have taken atomic-level images of individual nanoparticles during heating that could lead to improved fuel-cell technologies. (2015-12-18)

Scientists are paving the way for more sustainable Danish berry production
Blackcurrants, sour cherries and other delicious and healthy berries can become novel ingredients in specialist food products such as wine, vinegar and juice. This is one of the methods used in a new project led by Aarhus University to increase the sustainability of the Danish berry production. (2015-12-17)

'Smoke detector' enables fungal partnership that allowed plants to first survive on land
A protein that detects hormones in smoke has a much wider and more ancient role in the plant kingdom -- detecting microscopic soil fungi which colonize plants and feed nutrients to their cells. This ancient symbiosis with soil fungi is thought to be how plants survived on land millions of years before they evolved roots. (2015-12-17)

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