Climate-friendly cooling with a twist

Climate-friendly cooling with a twist

Refrigerators and air conditioners devour around 20 percent of the world’s energy, and are a growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. Now researchers have devised a curious technique to produce cooling by unwinding tightly twisted wires. The method, reported in...
Electric vehicles could benefit health more than climate

Electric vehicles could benefit health more than climate

About half of the world’s electric vehicles are sold in China. It’s the largest market in the world for EVs, buoyed by government subsidies. The main goals for these incentives have been to reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. Now a new study in Nature...
This device produces light from darkness

This device produces light from darkness

Critics of solar power are quick to point out that you can’t produce power when the sun isn’t shining. A new device reported in the journal Joule could be the answer. It harnesses the cold darkness of space to generate enough electricity at night to light up a LED...
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...