A Plastic Alternative Made of Wood and Spider Silk

A Plastic Alternative Made of Wood and Spider Silk

Nature has come up with many clever designs for materials with superlative properties. By combining two natural materials that boast excellent mechanical traits, wood and spider silk, researchers have made a material that could be a possible sustainable alternative to...
What if we replace hydropower dams with solar farms?

What if we replace hydropower dams with solar farms?

Hydroelectric dams generate 6 percent of the United States’ electricity. But while hydropower is considered the country’s largest source of renewable energy, dams can have immense environmental impacts. In a new study published in Nature Sustainability, researchers...
Europe could power the world with onshore wind

Europe could power the world with onshore wind

There is an enormous amount of untapped wind energy on Europe’s land area. And if it could be harnessed, it could provide wind power to meet the whole world’s energy needs until 2050, a new study in the journal Energy Policy shows. Wind farms are blossoming in Europe...