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Climate emission killer: construction begins on world’s biggest liquid air battery


Construction is beginning on the world’s largest liquid air battery, which will store renewable electricity and reduce carbon emissions from fossil-fuel power plants.

The project near Manchester, UK, will use spare green energy to compress air into a liquid and store it. When demand is higher, the liquid air is released back into a gas, powering a turbine that puts the green energy back into the grid.
 

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Electrify America finishes its first cross-country EV charging network


A huge factor in the adoption of electric vehicles is the issue of range anxiety, with the prospect of only being able to travel so far, or worse becoming stranded, not a particularly appealing one. As a subsidiary of Volkswagen, Electrify America is out to relieve EV owners of such concerns and has today taken an important step forward in its mission, announcing the completion of its first coast-to-coast charging route across the US.
 

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Super white paint leans on Teflon to reflect up to 98% of the Sun's heat


Just like a tennis player might don a white shirt instead of a black one on warm summer's day, researchers see great potential in dressing buildings in reflective white paints to keep them cool. A team of material scientists is reporting a major advance in this area, producing a new kind of super white paint that reflects almost all incoming radiation from Sun.
 

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Our Best Methods to Clean Stained Pots and Pans


No matter how hard you scrub or soak, your pots and pans remain stained, brown, and grimy. And while well-used pans are a sign of your cooking prowess (or at least, how often you cook), sometimes you just want to see your own reflection in the bottom of a skillet.

So here are the most effective methods we found for restoring your cooking vessels to their original luster.
 

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Carbon fiber exoskeleton is the latest to boost worker safety


More and more, workplaces are using assistive exoskeletons to protect their employees from injury. One of the newest, the 4th-generation version of German Bionic's Cray X, features a lightweight carbon fiber frame.

Typically worn over the clothing on the torso (or even the whole body), industrial assistive exoskeletons incorporate electric motors – or sometimes just springs – that augment the wearer's muscle power as they lift items, reach up, squat, or perform other physically demanding tasks.

 

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Soft, solid battery electrolyte could see EVs go great distances


Lithium metal batteries, in which the graphite material in the anode is swapped out for pure lithium metal, could be a game changer when it comes to energy storage, potentially offering far greater capacity and an ability to charge much faster. Scientists are reporting a new breakthrough in this area, demonstrating how an electrolyte made of soft and solid materials can prevent the formation of tree-like growths that normally prove fatal to the battery’s performance.
 

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MIT's new degradable plastic matches its peers for mechanical strength


Driven by the huge burden they place on the environment, scientists are continually looking for new ways to manufacture plastic materials that make them easier to recycle, and MIT researchers are now claiming a significant breakthrough in this area. By modifying the makeup of a common type of plastic, the team has produced a version of equal strength that is far easier to break down after use, allowing it to be rebuilt and recycled to take on an entirely new life.
 

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Porous, recyclable mat soaks up oil spills with great efficiency


Such is the environmental devastation caused by large oil spills like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that scientists the world over are exploring new ways to contain the mess. The latest product of these efforts is a recyclable mat developed at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), which its creators say can adsorb oil with great efficiency and be used over and over again.
 

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Moth eyes inspire anti-icing surface for aircraft, and maybe eyewear


The unique arrangement of nanoscale bumps coating a moth’s eye have inspired all kinds of interesting technological advances, owing to the incredible antireflective properties that allow the eye to absorb almost all the light that hits it. These range from more efficient solar cells, to advanced X-rays, to smartphone screens that cut down on glare. Joining them is a new type of anti-icing surface developed by scientists in Vietnam, which could make its way onto airplane wings or other vehicles working in cold, harsh environments.
 

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Drive the plastic highway? How a California company's innovative repaving process could lead to the 'holy grail' of road construction.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...t-bottles-repave-california-roads/3315815001/

A California company has devised a process that integrates recycled plastic into road repaving, an innovation that could revolutionize the industry while yielding environmental benefits.

Sean Weaver, president of TechniSoil Industrial in the northern California city of Redding, says the polymer-infused roads churned out by the company’s pavement process are sturdier, flatter, safer and more durable than those made with regular asphalt.
 

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