New polymer membrane tech improves efficiency of CO2 capture

Journal Reference: Marius Sandru, Eugenia M. Sandru, Wade F. Ingram, Jing Deng, Per M. Stenstad, Liyuan Deng, Richard J. Spontak. An integrated materials approach to ultrapermeable and ultraselective CO 2 polymer membranes. Science, 2022; 376 (6588): 90 DOI: 10.1126/science.abj9351 “To demonstrate the capability of our new membranes, we looked at mixtures of CO2 and nitrogen, … Read more

Microscopic ocean predator with a taste for carbon capture

Journal Reference: Michaela E. Larsson, Anna R. Bramucci, Sinead Collins, Gustaaf Hallegraeff, Tim Kahlke, Jean-Baptiste Raina, Justin R. Seymour, Martina A. Doblin. Mucospheres produced by a mixotrophic protist impact ocean carbon cycling. Nature Communications, 2022; 13 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-28867-8 The microbe, abundant around the world, photosynthesises and releases a carbon-rich exopolymer that attracts and immobilises … Read more

Cheaper, more efficient ways to capture carbon

Journal Reference: Haley A. Petersen, Abdulaziz W. Alherz, Taylor A. Stinson, Chloe G. Huntzinger, Charles B. Musgrave, Oana R. Luca. Predictive energetic tuning of C-Nucleophiles for the electrochemical capture of carbon dioxide. iScience, 2022; 25 (4): 103997 DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2022.103997 The scientists describe their technique in a paper published this month in the journal iSCIENCE. The … Read more

Astronomers capture red supergiant’s death throes

Journal Reference: W. V. Jacobson-Galán et al. Final Moments. I. Precursor Emission, Envelope Inflation, and Enhanced Mass Loss Preceding the Luminous Type II Supernova 2020tlf. The Astrophysical Journal, 2022; Volume 924, Number 1 [abstract] Led by researchers at Northwestern University and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), the team observed the red supergiant during … Read more

Safer carbon capture and storage

Journal Reference: R. L. Tyne, P. H. Barry, M. Lawson, D. J. Byrne, O. Warr, H. Xie, D. J. Hillegonds, M. Formolo, Z. M. Summers, B. Skinner, J. M. Eiler, C. J. Ballentine. Rapid microbial methanogenesis during CO2 storage in hydrocarbon reservoirs. Nature, 2021; 600 (7890): 670 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-021-04153-3 The UK government recently selected four … Read more

Astronomers capture black hole eruption spanning 16 times the full Moon in the sky

Journal Reference: B. McKinley, S. J. Tingay, M. Gaspari, R. P. Kraft, C. Matherne, A. R. Offringa, M. McDonald, M. S. Calzadilla, S. Veilleux, S. S. Shabala, S. D. J. Gwyn, J. Bland-Hawthorn, D. Crnojević, B. M. Gaensler, M. Johnston-Hollitt. Multi-scale feedback and feeding in the closest radio galaxy Centaurus A. Nature Astronomy, 2021; DOI: … Read more

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