It takes decades for polystyrene to break down, even in direct sunlight
Nature & Science

It takes decades for polystyrene to break down, even in direct sunlight

Plastics are truly incredible. They’re typically cheap to make, safe for many applications, and they last just about forever. When they’re being used, they’re the perfect solution to many problems, but once discarded, the qualities that make them great quickly turn them into an environmental nightmare. Polystyrene, a wildly popular type of plastic, can withstand…

New Material Captures Carbon Dioxide and Efficiently Converts It to Useful Organic Materials
Nature & Science

New Material Captures Carbon Dioxide and Efficiently Converts It to Useful Organic Materials

This new porous coordination polymer has propeller-shaped molecular structures that enables selectively capturing CO2, and efficiently convert the CO2 into useful carbon materials. Credit: Illustration by Mindy Takamiya A new material that can selectively capture carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules and efficiently convert them into useful organic materials has been developed by researchers at Kyoto University,…

First day of solar challenge begins
Green Energy

First day of solar challenge begins

More than 40 teams from 21 countries have started their gruelling 3000 kilometre journey from Darwin to Adelaide, in the World Solar Challenge.The smallest car competing, Solar Team Twente arrived at the first control stop of Katherine at 12.08pm on Sunday, several minutes ahead of compatriots Top Dutch Solar Racing.In third place is Belgian team…

Border Wall Rising In Arizona, Raises Concerns Among Conservationists, Native Tribes
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Border Wall Rising In Arizona, Raises Concerns Among Conservationists, Native Tribes

A contractor bulldozes a 60-foot-wide construction zone along the border, toppling saguaro cacti. John Burnett/NPR hide caption toggle caption John Burnett/NPR A contractor bulldozes a 60-foot-wide construction zone along the border, toppling saguaro cacti. John Burnett/NPR Construction has begun on President Trump’s border wall between Arizona and Mexico, and conservationists are furious. The massive barrier…