Day: March 19, 2021

New Lego-like beams could revolutionize construction

Read the full story at TechXplore.

Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) have come up with and patented a new system for manufacturing beams that aims to revolutionize the architecture, construction and civil engineering sectors. They are manufactured with 3-D-printed plastic pieces that can be assembled as if they were pieces of Lego adding a high-performance layer of concrete in the most compressed area.

German steel giant Thyssenkrupp plans 500MW green hydrogen plant

Read the full story at Renew Economy.

German industrial engineering and steel production giant Thyssenkrupp will work with German energy company Steag on planning a 500MW hydrogen electrolysis plant intended to power steel production.

Paradigm shift needed in environmental health sciences

Read the full story in Environmental Factor.

The Human Genome Project sparked a paradigm shift in genetics that I believe holds important insights for environmental health scientists. February marked the 20th anniversary of the first draft sequence and analysis of our genetic blueprint, and much has changed in the intervening years.

Instead of analyzing just one gene at a time, many scientists now study an individual’s complete set of DNA. Their work helps to show how we respond to environmental exposures, promising to reveal the molecular changes involved in toxicity. Meanwhile, knowledge has expanded in complementary fields such as metabolomics, proteomics, and transcriptomics. Those fields involve large-scale analyses of metabolites, proteins, and RNA, respectively.

Similarly, many environmental health scientists now realize the benefits of moving beyond studying only one agent in isolation. These researchers embrace an approach for analyzing the multitude of exposures people experience during their lives, which is called the exposome.

Scientists discover super plant that soaks up roadside air pollution

Read the full story at Planet Ark.

A group of researchers from the UK have identified a ‘super plant’ that could be used to soak up emissions on congested city streets. A new study exploring the effectiveness of hedges as air pollution barriers found that a shrub by the name of cotoneaster franchetii has superior air-cleaning abilities.

This startup will buy back the ratty old T-shirts in your closet

Read the full story at Fast Company.

For Days wants consumers to think about how they’ll dispose of their garments from the moment they buy them.

Scientists see stronger evidence of slowing Atlantic Ocean circulation, an ‘Achilles’ heel’ of the climate

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

The Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, a system of currents, is weaker than it has been in 1,000 years.

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