“Swiss Army knife” catalyst can make natural gas burn cleaner

The elements that make up the metal oxide nanoparticle catalyst. Credit: Zhennan Huang Reza Shahbazian-Yassar, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Illinois Chicago. Shahbazian-Yassar and colleagues facilitated the development of a cutting edge “Swiss Army knife” catalyst made up of 10 different elements—each of which on its own has the ability […]

Can we safely burn waste to make fuel like they do in Denmark? Well, it’s complicated

by Thomas Cole-Hunter, Ana Porta Cubas, Christina Magill and Christine Cowie, The Conversation The Amager Bakke power plant in Copenhagen, Denmark. Credit: Shutterstock When it comes to handling the waste crisis in Australia, options are limited: we either export our waste or bury it. But to achieve current national targets, policy-makers are increasingly asking if […]

Severe burn damage from California wildfires seen from space

New satellite imagery of California reveals not just the extent of its wildfire damage, but the depth of the loss.  The maps derived from the satellite data show how far two major fires spread as well as how badly each region burned. Darker colors represent near-complete loss — charred landscapes with little to no living […]