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Washing Machine Redesign Could Help Save the World

The reason you need to ask for help when wheeling a new washing machine home from the shops is that there's a huge lump of concrete in there to weigh it down so it doesn't drill through the earth's crust on a spin cycle. This extra weight contributes to carbon-spewing during the delivery process, so let's take it out, says a team from Nottingham Trent University. Read More >>

science
A Promising New Method For Cleaning Up the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Hundreds of millions of gallons of radioactive water remain sitting around the site of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan. But scientists can’t simply dump the liquid into the ocean, and if it continues sitting around, it could seep into the soil. Read More >>

energy
Government Opens £320m “Heating for Cities” Fund to Bids

The government has started taking bids for the first £39m chunk of a £320m kitty set aside to enhance the heat reclamation options within England and Wales, with bidders asked to come up with ways we can recycle waste heat and use it to keep old ladies warm on the cheap through the winter. Read More >>

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Earth’s Collision With Another Planet Probably Started Life

Researchers from Rice University say that around 4.4 billion years ago, a Mercury-like planet smashed into Earth, seeding our primordial planet with life-giving carbon. Had this never occurred, it’s an open question as to whether or not life could have ever emerged. Read More >>

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Strange Minerals From Siberian Mine Are Unlike Anything Found in Nature

From deep inside a Siberian mine, researchers have catalogued a series of materials unlike any others yet found in the ground. They do, however, bear a startling similarity to certain lab-grown materials that weren’t thought to exist in nature at all—until now. Read More >>

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Scientists Finally Made Carbyne—a Material Stronger Than Graphene—That Lasts

Several years ago, scientists calculated the properties of an exotic form of carbon—called Carbyne—and found that it promised more strength and stiffness than any other known material. Now, it’s finally been made in stable form inside an Austrian lab. Read More >>

environment
The UN’s Proposed Airline Emissions Standards Are a Joke

As humanity’s first space colonists are getting ready to ship off to Mars in 2030, the citizens of Earth may have just implemented the first-ever carbon emissions standards for airlines. And they’re ridiculously weak. Read More >>

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Form of Carbon Harder Than Diamond Created by Researchers

Researchers have discovered a new form of carbon structure, called Q-carbon, that’s harder than diamond and allows artificial versions of the precious stone to be made at room temperature and pressure. Read More >>

environment
Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Hit High, Likely to Become ‘Permanent Reality’

A new bulletin from the World Meteorological Organization reports that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high in 2014 that could become a ‘permanent reality.’ Read More >>

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How France Plans to Bury its Carbon Emissions — Literally, in its Soil

French wine lovers have always taken their soil very seriously. But now the country’s government has introduced fresh reasons for the rest of the world to pay attention to their terroir. Read More >>

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IBM is Shrinking Transistors With Rows of Tiny Carbon Nanotubes

In the semiconductor industry, size matters — and those in the know worry that transistors can't be made any smaller. But a team of IBM scientists has now published research showing how carbon nanotubes could help. Read More >>

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How to Turn Carbon Dioxide into Rock and Bury it Forever (Hopefully) 

What do we do with a problem like carbon dioxide? We want to remove the excess from our atmosphere, but how? In Iceland, geologists are burying the greenhouse gas with water, so that basic chemistry can turn it into solid rock inside what the New York Times calls "a geological soda machine". Read More >>

environment
We’re Fiddling With Our Phones While the Planet Burns

Environmental collapse is on the way according to the latest research into the health of the planet, with four of the nine most critical planetary systems pushed past their safe levels and to the brink of no return. Read More >>

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What Graphene is and Why it’s a Magic Material

So what's the deal with graphene and why does everyone think it's the next big thing? Well, as SciShow says, it conducts electricity better than silver, it conducts heat better than diamonds and even though it's only one atom thick, it's even stronger than steel. So why isn't it more popular and everywhere? Read More >>