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Futurity
Barbara Kennedy
A surprising discovery shows that two coral species previously thought to be one have developed different ways of surviving harsh environments brought on by rising water temperatures.
micromotors
GW Planet Forward
Researchers in Germany have invented micromotors that can propel themselves through water while degrading organic pollutants. The micromotors, which run on dilute hydrogen peroxide, could be used to clean up small reservoirs, pipes and other hard to reach places.
micromotors
Planet Forward
Researchers in Germany have invented micromotors that can propel themselves through water while degrading organic pollutants. The micromotors, which run on dilute hydrogen peroxide, could be used to clean up small reservoirs, pipes and other hard to reach places. Two experts in micromotors, Ayusman Sen at Penn State University in the US and Martin Pumera at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, both say that the big advantage of the micromotors is their self-propulsion, which speeds up reaction rates and, therefore, quickly degrades pollutants. ‘The [hydroxyl radicals] can reach the target pollutant molecules much faster than would be possible by simple diffusion,’ says Pumera.
synthetic polymer
Planet Forward
A new cost-effective polymer membrane can decrease the cost of alkaline batteries and fuel cells by allowing the replacement of expensive platinum catalysts without sacrificing important aspects of performance, according to Penn State researchers.
USA Today
Elizabeth Dennerlein
Before he went to college, Chris Golecki only knew how to change the oil and tires on his car. Now a graduate student, Golecki is helping lead the way to a more sustainable automotive world by competing in EcoCAR 2. “Through my education at Penn State, I built the baseline principles of what I needed to understand and then by joining the Advanced Vehicle Team (and working on the competition) it just was really a high-paced application of everything I learned,” Golecki says. Kristen De La Rosa, director of EcoCAR 2, says the competition is designed to give students hands-on experience, exposing them to the latest engineering tools, methods and mentors.

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