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Researchers at Rice University and the Indian Institute of Science have an idea to simplify electronic waste recycling: Crush it into nanodust.
Specifically, they want to make the particles so small that separating different components is relatively simple compared with processes used to recycle electronic junk now…
The process is the subject of a Materials Today paper by Tiwary, Rice materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan and Indian Institute professors Kamanio Chattopadhyay and D.P. Mahapatra.
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Minnesota’s identity is closely linked to the state’s beautiful and abundant waters. But for all its beauty, deep concerns lie just below the surface.
According to the latest impaired waters list, about 40 percent of Minnesota’s lakes and streams are contaminated by pollutants.
Read the full story at JSTOR Daily.
There is a huge unknown when it comes to protecting the meltwater stonefly and other species. Biologists are missing a huge piece of the puzzle — knowing which genetics will give species the evolutionary lift that allows them to adapt successfully to a warmer world. This hidden DNA and the possibly important traits it represents are known as “cryptic diversity,” and much of it is being lost, experts say, as the range of species contracts, fragments, and otherwise changes. Yet this DNA is vital because it contains information on different lineages and on species that are emerging, the cutting edge of evolution. Losing it will greatly complicate the task of assessing how climate change will affect biodiversity and what to protect.
Read the full story in the New York Times.
California’s clean-air agency voted on Friday to push ahead with stricter emissions standards for cars and trucks, setting up a potential legal battle with the Trump administration over the state’s plan to reduce planet-warming gases.
Read the full story at Stateline.
To cool the “urban heat islands” that they’ve become, cities are planting trees and more trees.