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A material way to make Mars habitableJuly 29, 2019

Research suggests that regions of the Martian surface could be made habitable with a material - silica aerogel - that mimics Earth's atmospheric greenhouse effect

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A new ‘golden’ age for electronics?July 1, 2019

Scientists have created materials that shrink uniformly in all directions when heated under normal everyday conditions, using a cheap and industrially scalable process. This potentially opens up a new paradigm of thermal-expansion control that will make electronic devices more resilient to temperature changes
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Crowd oil: Fuels from air-conditioning systemsMay 7, 2019

Researchers have proposed a method enabling air conditioning and ventilation systems to produce synthetic fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2) and water from the ambient air. Compact plants are to separate CO2 from the ambient air directly in buildings and produce synthetic hydrocarbons which can then be used as renewable synthetic oil

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Need more energy storage? Just hit ‘print’April 23, 2019

Researchers from TCD and Drexel University develop a conductive ink made from a special type of material - MXene - used to print components for electronic devices. The ink is additive-free, and can print the finished devices in one step without any special finishing treatments
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Engineers develop fast method to convert algae to biocrudeMarch 12, 2019

A team of chemical engineers have developed a new kind of jet mixer for creating biomass from algae that extracts the lipids from the watery plants with much less energy than the older extraction method - a discovery that puts this form of energy closer to becoming a viable, cost-effective alternative fuel