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Apr18

Progress in ocean energy

Tidal Power Station

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For over a decade, the annual Ocean Energy International conference has followed the steady but creeping progress of technologies to extract energy from the world’s oceans.  This year’s meeting in Providence, Rhode Island featured multiple announcements of major new projects.  The pace of commercialization of ocean energy is definitely quickening. (more…)

Apr17

Plastic from shrimp

Shrimp

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Petroleum is not just used in fuels— it is an integral part of a broad range of products that we use every day.  Common plastics are a prime example.  So, in order to get away from our dependence on oil, we need alternatives to petroleum-based plastics. (more…)

Apr16

Progress in artificial photosynthesis

Leaf Detail

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Artificial photosynthesis, the technology of converting sunlight into liquid fuels, would be the greenest of green technology if it can be done economically and on a large scale.  Plants store energy derived from the sun in the form of chemical bonds created by photosynthesis.   We would like to do the same thing in the laboratory. (more…)

Apr15

Is the Atlantic a re-circulating bathtub?

atlantic ocean

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From the shore, we are likely to overlook the real dynamics of the Atlantic Ocean.  Surface and deep ocean currents stir its waters in a global circulation that each year carries more water than all the rivers of the world combined. (more…)

Apr14

Oil-palm in Africa

Oil Palm

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Palm oil is in demand. It’s found in nearly half of the processed foods in our supermarkets, from ice cream and cookies to canned soup and baby formula. But plans to cultivate the oil palm tree in its native Africa are raising concern about deforestation and the protection of primates. (more…)

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