Writing

The architecture of structured DNA

Nature – Researchers are exploiting the structural properties of DNA to build nanoscale models for use in medicine and materials science.

Thirsty MOF sucks more water from air

C&EN – A high-capacity, water-adsorbent metal-organic framework could help improve the performance of both water capture and adsorption cooling devices.

Carbon capture gets a boost from aromatic rings

C&EN – Linking phenyls to the amines used to scrub CO2 from power plant emissions could make process more efficient.

How heat from the Sun can keep us all cool

Nature – As demand for air conditioning climbs, some see a solution in the very thing that makes us sweat: the Sun.

The new breed of cutting-edge catalysts

Nature – Advances in catalyst research could create a superhighway to clean energy sources and a more-sustainable chemical industry.

Fizzy extraction brings out semivolatile compounds

C&EN – Extracting semivolatile compounds with carbon dioxide bubbles reduces the need for heat and solvents.

New liquid-liquid approach allows catalytic reactions to go with the flow

C&EN – Emulsions immobilized within columns turn biphasic catalysis into a continuous process.

Grinding chemicals together in an effort to be greener

New York Times – Milling, or grinding chemicals together without a solvent, could outperform established methods and yet be safe and simple enough for an inexperienced eighth grader to do.

THESE FIRES ARE HUGE, HIDDEN AND HARMFUL. WHAT CAN WE DO?

Ensia – Smoldering peat gives off massive quantities of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, but the search for solutions is on.

    “The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can't destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don't they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?” - Paulo Coelho, The Winner Stands Alone