The Obama administration had argued that a matter of such importance should be resolved by a nine-member court.
A substantial advance in generating electricity has now been realized through a combination of concentrating solar power and thermoelectric materials. By combining concentrating solar power -- which converts light into heat that is then used to generate electricity -- with segmented thermoelectric legs, made up of two different thermoelectric materials, each working at different temperature ranges, researchers said they have demonstrated a promising new alternative solar energy technology.
In many forests, the collection of information pertaining to the wood remains neglected, due to a shortage of specially trained personnel, specific expertise, funding, or appropriate technology. A new project aims to put small, unmanned helicopters to work, measuring the parameters for the forest inventory.
Scientists are using squid, fish and algae waste to obtain new materials. This line of research is offering a fresh take on plastics aligned with the principles of the circular economy, which is based on preserving and improving natural capital by controlling finite stocks and balancing the flows of renewable resources. In this context, the group's research is highlighting, in particular, the upgrading of industrial by-products or waste through processes that minimize the use of resources, both material and energy ones, to obtain competitive, sustainable products.
Desalinating (and drinking) seawater: Towards novel desalination membranes with enhanced performance
An innovative way to improve the performance of desalination membranes has been revealed by researchers. In the future, membranes for reverse osmosis manufactured with these novel criteria could desalinate seawater with significantly reduced costs
A recent poll shows that only 49 percent of Americans support capital punishment, down from a peak of 80 percent in 1994.