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Solar cell with E. coli generates energy in low light conditions

Solar cell with E. coli generates energy in low light conditions

Researchers have created a type of solar cell that can convert light into energy even in overcast conditions. Unlike commonly used solar products, these newly developed solar cells feature living organisms, making them "biogenic." According to researchers, their new biogenic solar cells are both sustainable and relatively inexpensive.

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Spider flight mystery solved: electric fields make bug balloonists

Spider flight mystery solved: electric fields make bug balloonists

Spiders are capable of flying using their silk, a well known ability known as ballooning. The action involves producing silk that, after reaching a few inches in length, lifts the spider into the air and carries it to a new location. The actual mechanism behind ballooning, though, has remained a mystery, with some speculating that it involves air currents. A new study has provided the answer.

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Nestle launches wind turbine farm as part of renewable energy plan

Nestle launches wind turbine farm as part of renewable energy plan

Nestle, a company heavily criticized for its freshwater practices, has announced the launch of a wind farm with nine turbines. This new wind farm is part of the company's renewable energy effort, which has already resulted in a substantial part of Nestle's energy usage being accounted for. The new wind turbine project is located in Scotland.

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Hawaii sunscreen ban to protect coral may be signed this week

Hawaii sunscreen ban to protect coral may be signed this week

In May, Hawaii passed a bill that would ban sunscreen products that cause harm to coral reefs, a move to address the growing number of dying coral. At the heart of the matter are two chemicals used within certain sunscreen products, both that have been found to cause damage to coral. According to a new report, Hawaii's Governor will sign the bill into law some time this week, concerns about potential fallout aside.

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2020 Tokyo Olympics will use 100% renewable energy

2020 Tokyo Olympics will use 100% renewable energy

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be powered entirely by renewable energy, the organizing committee behind the event has announced. In addition, the organization has committed to using services that will ultimately result in 99-percent of goods from the games being either reused or recycled. Assuming these ambitious goals are fully met, it will be an unprecedented change for the Olympics.

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Slow San Andreas Fault movements may trigger big California earthquakes

Slow San Andreas Fault movements may trigger big California earthquakes

A new study warns that slow movements on the San Andreas fault line could trigger bigger earthquakes. The research was detailed in a newly published study out of Arizona State University, where a pair of geophysicists found that so-called "slow earthquake" activity can result in larger -- and potentially destructive -- earthquakes.

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Volvo just made a huge recycled plastic promise

Volvo just made a huge recycled plastic promise

Volvo plans to dramatically increase the green credentials of its cars, promising to use at least 25-percent recycled plastics from 2025. The push will see the Swedish automaker offset its use of new plastic - both in the cabin and elsewhere in the construction of its vehicles - by introducing a greater percentage of reused materials.

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Rare noctilucent clouds dazzled Seattle with starlight this morning

Rare noctilucent clouds dazzled Seattle with starlight this morning

Folks near and in Seattle were treated with a rare type of cloud formation early this morning, one that looked stunning with a backdrop of starlight. Images and details about the clouds were recently published by the National Weather Service, which says the clouds were visible over Lake Washington at the Service's Seattle location earlier today.

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Samsung 100% renewable energy vow sets two-year deadline

Samsung 100% renewable energy vow sets two-year deadline

Samsung announced an ambitious new environmental pledge today, revealing that it will transition to 100-percent renewable energy in the United States, Europe, and China. This is an expansion of the company's existing renewable energy initiative, expanding it to cover Samsung's total operations in the three aforementioned locations.

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Missouri bill bans lab-grown meat from being called meat

Missouri bill bans lab-grown meat from being called meat

The meat industry, fearing societal changes toward increased environmental and health awareness, has moved swiftly to try and combat lab-grown and plant-based meat. Both promise a slew of benefits for the environment and human health, but threaten to upend the existing meat industry, spurring efforts on the latter's part to prevent use of the term "meat" in association with these new types of meat products.

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Ebola found in large Congo city raises major outbreak fears

Ebola found in large Congo city raises major outbreak fears

Ebola, a virus that causes hemorrhagic fever, has appeared in a large city in the Democratic Republic of Congo, stoking fears of an outbreak occurring in a densely populated region. The virus typically crops up in remote regions in Africa, but the World Health Organization reports that an ebola case was confirmed in Mbandaka, a city with a population of 1.2 million.

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Hawaii volcano eruption creates monstrous 30,000ft Kilauea ash plume

Hawaii volcano eruption creates monstrous 30,000ft Kilauea ash plume

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the Kilauea volcano's summit ejected smoke and volcanic ash into the air this morning, causing a plume that will blanket the surrounding region. The US Geological Survey joined the report, revealing that the cloud produced by the volcanic eruption reached up to 30,000ft, nearly the same cruising altitude for an airplane.

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