Mutant Enzyme Gobbles Up Plastic

Mutant Enzyme Gobbles Up Plastic

A young sperm whale that washed up on a Spanish beach last week, emaciated and dead from ingesting 64 pounds of plastic, was a sad reminder of our plastic addiction. A new plastic-eating enzyme reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences could...
Mushroom farms hold a secret to sustainable biofuels

Mushroom farms hold a secret to sustainable biofuels

Mushrooms are a culinary delight. They could also provide a solution to sustainable biofuel production. Researchers have discovered a bacteria in old mushroom-growing substrates that converts cellulose to biobutanol. Biobutanol is a liquid fuel that can directly...
Smartphones are warming the planet far more than you think

Smartphones are warming the planet far more than you think

Cars, factories, and even cows quickly get blame for contributing to climate change. But your smartphone is a fast-growing offender, a new study suggests. Greenhouse gas emissions of the Information and Communications Industry (ICT)—which includes computers and phones...
Wood Fuel is Bad News for Climate and Biodiversity

Wood Fuel is Bad News for Climate and Biodiversity

Burning wood for energy is thought to be carbon neutral: trees soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and burning wood puts the greenhouse gas back in the air. But wood fuel is not quite as green it’s touted to be, according to an article in the journal Science....
New Solar Cell Works Rain or Shine

New Solar Cell Works Rain or Shine

Rain can put a damper on solar panels. But researchers at Soochow University in China have made a hybrid solar cell that works in gloomy weather: it generates electricity from the movement of raindrops sliding on its surface. The new device, reported in the journal...