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New information system on raw materials
Today the JRC launches the Raw Materials Information System (RMIS), a comprehensive online repository of information on policies, activities and data related to the European raw materials sector. The RMIS supports a series of European Commission initiatives which aim to tackle the pressure on valuable resources and their more efficient use to the benefit of EU's economies. (2015-03-16)

Oxygen sponge saves energy during the production of plastics
Dutch researcher Bart de Graaf has developed a solid oxygen carrier, a sort of oxygen sponge. The oxygen from the sponge reacts with hydrogen to produce water. With De Graaf's discovery a lot of energy can be saved during the production of raw materials for plastics. (2005-02-11)

Products of biotechnological origin using vegetable and fruit by-products generated by the industry
Tecnalia will be developing new products of biotechnological origin using the products not used in the processing of fruit and vegetables as raw materials, since they constitute renewable matter with a high potential as a raw material for industry. (2012-01-12)

More efficient use of raw materials with the aid of 'molecular conveyor belts'
Biotechnologists at Goethe University Frankfurt have now succeeded in optimizing sugar utilization in baker's yeast. (2017-09-18)

A new genre of tires: Call 'em 'sweet' and 'green'
Motorists may be driving on the world's first (2011-12-14)

Sustainable management of secondary raw materials
Recovery of raw materials from waste as a business model for developing countries: Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, and the Swiss State Secretary for Economy Affairs have been pursuing this approach since 2003. Since then, sustainable recycling systems for electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) have been developed successfully in various developing countries. The new program, (2013-02-14)

VTT views mineral scarcity and environmental technologies as opportunities
As mineral resources are dwindling, it is becoming increasingly important to know how even the tiniest amounts of minerals can be recovered from waste -- or how minerals can be substituted for other materials in industrial use. (2015-01-27)

Assuring the future supply of raw materials
How the German economy may be assured a sustained supply of the strategic resources it will need in the future is the topic of the Fourth Freiberg Innovations Symposium which will be hosted by the TU Bergakademie Freiberg and the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology on April 19-20, 2012, in the Alte Mensa located at Petersstrasse 5 in Freiberg, Germany. (2012-03-09)

Research highlights ethical sourcing of materials for modern technology
Researchers from the Camborne School of Mines have identified methods to predict the environmental and social cost of resourcing new deposits of rare earth minerals used in the production of mobile phones, wind turbines and electric vehicles. (2017-11-10)

Would you put a tree in your gas tank?
The world's forests may provide some unexpected answers as to how mankind can create more value with less environmental impact -- good news as we move toward a greener future. (2010-06-16)

Nature's own chemical plant
Crude oil is getting more and more expensive, a fact clearly felt by the chemical industry. An alternative source of carbon is biomass, for instance colza and whey, which can likewise be used to produce chemical products. (2008-11-10)

Can plants edge out petroleum as raw material for textiles and plastics?
Your next pair of spandex pants could be made out of corn -- or, more precisely, from dextrose derived from corn. This option is part of a new wave, albeit a small one, of consumer goods that are being produced from plants rather than petroleum-based materials. But a complete transition to a biobased economy won't be easy, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society. (2014-10-29)

Research: 'Sourcing hub' could help create more efficient supply chain
The lack of contact between firms at either end of a supply chain prevents companies from gaining efficiencies in costs, design and materials, says Anupam Agrawal, a professor of business administration at Illinois. (2014-01-15)

Mathematical models help locate raw materials
The geologist Dr. Raimon Tolosana-Delgado from the Helmholtz Institute Freiberg for Resource Technology will receive this year's Felix Chayes Prize from the International Association for Mathematical Geosciences. The prize, which is endowed with US $7,000, will be presented at the IAMG's annual conference to be held in Madrid, Spain, between September 2 and 6, 2013. (2013-08-26)

Fraunhofer is part of EIT's new consortium
Fraunhofer and Helmholtz jointly managed the start of Knowledge and Innovation Community on raw materials. (2014-12-22)

Feeding dogs and cats with raw food is not considered a significant source of infections
An extensive international survey conducted at the University of Helsinki indicates that pet owners do not consider raw food to considerably increase infection risk in their household. In the survey, targeted at pet owners, raw food was reliably determined to be a contaminant only in three households. (2019-09-06)

View from ten kilometres high
30 images from ESA's Huygens probe are available (2005-01-17)

Biodiesel from sewage sludge within pennies a gallon of being competitive
Existing technology can produce biodiesel fuel from municipal sewage sludge that is within a few cents a gallon of being competitive with conventional diesel refined from petroleum, according to an article in ACS' Energy & Fuels, a bimonthly journal. Sludge is the solid material left behind from the treatment of sewage at waste-water treatment plants. (2010-05-20)

'Synthetic biology' could replace oil for chemical industry
Vats of blue-green algae could one day replace oil wells in producing raw materials for the chemical industry, a UC Davis chemist predicts. (2011-09-13)

2-way street
Scientists have called for data held in biobanks to be made accessible to the people donating material and data to them. In a paper published today in Science, Jeantine Lunshof and George Church from Harvard Medical School and Barbara Prainsack from King's College London write that donors should have unrestricted access to data derived from their own material and that advanced technology means allowing such access is today a question of will rather than feasibility. (2014-01-24)

Pilot plant to obtain strategic metals through energy recovery from SUW
The FARM consortium has developed a pilot plant that carries out an integral process for strategic metal concentration and recycling, in addition to the majority ones present in the waste generated in SUW (Solid Urban Waste) energy recovery facilities. (2017-01-26)

Scientists develop diesel that emits far less CO2
Researchers from KU Leuven and Utrecht University have discovered a new approach to the production of fuels. Their new method can be used to produce much cleaner diesel. It can quickly be scaled up for industrial use. In five to 10 years, we may see the first cars driven by this new clean diesel. (2015-12-10)

Powerful enzymes create ethanol from agricultural harvest waste
The mainly EU-funded DISCO project coordinated by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed powerful enzymes, which accelerate plant biomass conversion into sugars and further into products such as bioethanol. The project's results include lignin-tolerant enzymes and enzyme cocktails for processing spruce, straw, corn cob and wheat bran. The commercialization of these enzymes has now begun in the Netherlands. (2013-01-08)

Unpasteurized milk poses health risks without benefits
With disease outbreaks linked to unpasteurized milk rising in the United States, a review published in the Jan. 1, 2009, issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases examines the dangers of drinking raw milk. (2008-12-16)

Recycling industrial waste water
A research group composed of Dr. Martin Prechtl, Leo Heim and their colleagues at the University of Cologne's Department of Chemistry has discovered a new method of generating hydrogen using water and formaldehyde. (2014-04-16)

E. coli outbreak in Connecticut caused by raw milk consumption
In a recent study in Clinical Infectious Diseases, investigators describe a 2008 E. coli outbreak associated with consuming raw milk from the same farm, despite the farm's adherence to regulatory standards. (2010-12-02)

Energized by enzymes -- nature's catalysts
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are using a custom virtual reality app to design an artificial enzyme that converts carbon dioxide to formate, a kind of fuel. PNNL's Wendy Shaw and Aaron Appel organized a session at the 2020 #AAASmtg and invited colleagues from across the nation to share what they've learned. (2020-02-15)

Beware of parasites in raw/undercooked fish, warn doctors
An unseen hazard of eating raw or undercooked fish/seafood is on the rise in Western countries, where dishes, such as sushi, are becoming increasingly popular, warn doctors today in BMJ Case Reports. (2017-05-11)

Tecnalia is looking into the upcycling of end-of-life tyres for the roadway noise barrier sector
The massive production of tires and the difficulties in disposing of them after use has been one of the most serious environmental problems worldwide in recent years. The European Project EKOPAN is seeking to address the existing problems by re-using tires in the manufacture of an ordinary construction element like roadway noise barriers. (2011-11-23)

Breaking the chain: Catalyzing a green future for chemistry
Osaka University researchers create catalyst for refining chemicals in plant waste, allowing a green way to produce valuable raw materials. (2017-11-06)

Confectionery and chocolate engineering: Principles and applications
The manufacture of chocolate and confectionery owes as much to art as it does science with commercial production representing the union of traditional handcraft with large scale industry. (2010-09-08)

Researchers from IKBFU discover that pine nut shells increase physical endurance
For several decades, the number of chronicle diseases has been growing. The main reason for this is the imbalanced diet. Biologists and chemists study natural foods concerning the fact that it can help strengthen health and prevent numerous diseases. (2019-06-06)

Cement as a climate killer: Using industrial waste to produce carbon neutral alternatives
Producing cement takes a big toll on our climate: Around eight per cent of annual global carbon dioxide emissions can be attributed to this process. However, the demand for cement continues to rise. A team of geoscientists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) has found a way to produce more environmentally friendly and sustainable alternatives. In the journal ''Construction and Building Materials'' they describe how industrial residues can be used to produce high-quality, climate-friendly materials. (2019-05-20)

Using solar energy to turn raw materials into ingredients for every day life
QUT scientist Dr. Sarina Sarina, who achieved outstanding progress in driving this energy intensive chemical production process at ambient temperature using light instead of fossil fuels, has won the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt fellowship at the famous Max Planck Institute in Berlin. (2014-09-17)

Scientists of Kemerovo State University have developed a technology for creating in vitro root
Scientists of Kemerovo State University have developed a technology for creating in vitro root cultures with a high content of biologically active substances. (2021-02-16)

Rare earth metal shortages could hamper deployment of low-carbon energy technologies
Following the release of a Commission report on critical raw materials in 2010, scientists at the Joint Research Center highlighted in a new report that five metals, essential for manufacturing low-carbon technologies, show a high risk of shortage. Reasons for this lie in Europe's dependency on imports, increasing global demand, supply concentration and geopolitical issues. (2011-11-10)

Sugar, not oil
No more oil -- renewable raw materials are the future. This motto not only applies to biodiesel, but also to isobutene, a basic product used in the chemical industry. In a pilot plant researchers now want to obtain this substance from sugar instead of oil for the first time. And in order not to threaten food supplies, in the long term the sugar should come from wood or straw and not from sugar beet. (2014-03-25)

Entangle, swap, purify, repeat: Enhancing connections between distant nodes
Scientists have developed a protocol that enhances quantum entanglement, confirming its effectiveness across a distance of two meters. (2017-06-01)

Visesa and Tecnalia to design 'eco' materials for the construction of healthier buildings
Visesa, a Public Company of the Basque Autonomous Community Government (region), and the Tecnalia Centre for Applied Research are set to work together to create (2013-06-14)

A POX on syn
A way to convert natural gas into raw materials for the chemical industry and generate power as a by-product could lead to more environmental benign manufacturing processes. (2007-09-11)

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