R&D Opportunities for Membranes and Separation Technologies in Building Applications

Download the document. This report recommends innovative membrane and separation technologies that can assist the Building Technologies Office in achieving its 2030 goal. This report identifies research and development (R&D) initiatives across several building applications where further investigations could result in impactful savings.

NOAA grant funds SIU drought monitoring research

Read the full story from Southern Illinois University. Sometimes it’s easy to see when an area is in drought: precipitation has been scarce or crops and other vegetation appear visibly stressed or browning. One of the most important indicators of drought -- soil moisture -- isn’t as visible. A researcher from Southern Illinois University Carbondale …

A Clue in the Bee Death Mystery

Read the full story in Mother Jones. Domesticated honeybees get all the buzz, but wild bumblebees are in decline too, both globally and here in the United States. What gives? It’s an important question, because while managed honeybees provide half the pollination required by US crops, bumble and other wild bees deliver the other half. Insecticides …

New method maps chemicals in the skin

Read the full story in Science Daily. A new method of examining the skin can reduce the number of animal experiments while providing new opportunities to develop pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Chemical imaging allows all layers of the skin to be seen and the presence of virtually any substance in any part of the skin to …

EnviroMedia launches weekly social media campaign to push waste reduction

Read the full story in Waste Dive. EnviroMedia, the original creators of America Recycles Day, recently launched a new consumer-facing social media campaign that encourages waste reduction and recycling. #WasteLessWednesday will target a different product or idea each week, according to CEO Valerie Salinas-Davis. In an interview, Salinas-Davis said she wants this to be "something simple that …