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Algae: the future sustainable super crop

Research into algae makes it increasingly clear that these plants have huge potential for the sustainable production of everything from food to medicine.

Self-assembling electronics may soon be a reality

Self-assembling electronics sounds like technology for the distant future, but everyday household soap has just taken us a step closer.

Hydrogen cars now one step closer

Scientists have taken a big step towards making environmentally-friendly hydrogen cars a reality.

Nitrous oxide is the new ozone enemy

Nitrous oxide affects both the ozone layer and global warming when it’s released into the atmosphere. Farmers and wastewater treatment plants are among those who send out gas, and now Danish scientists have set out to figure out how this works.

Proof: graphene can convert sunlight to electricity

Graphene has an excellent ability to convert solar radiation into energy. Now we can see how the material works and why it has the potential to massively boost the efficiency of solar cells.

Fungi and rust can stifle smell of slurry

New study shows how fungal spores and rust can help reduce the stench of slurry in biofilters, which help prevent harmful substances from being released into the atmosphere.

New centre to unravel mystery of solar energy storage

A new research centre has been given five years to develop new techniques for storing solar energy.

Soil bacteria can clean your drinking water

Bacteria that occur naturally in soil can effectively reduce the amounts of the pesticide residue BAM in drinking water.

Global warming also affects palm trees

Palms are slow to adapt or disperse in response to man-made climate change. This could spell the end for several palm species.

Sedatives turn fish into unsociable gluttons

Drug residues in the waterways can have unexpected consequences for our ecosystems, say Swedish researchers after exposing perch to anti-anxiety drugs.