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Using Slurry for Economical, Energy-Efficient Carbon Capture

By combining carbon-capturing solids and liquids to develop a “slurry,” scientists from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, University of California-Berkeley and Beijing  have created a carbon capture method that is relatively simple to implement on a large scale, economical and energy efficient, according to Nature Communications. Currently, carbon capture is … Read more »

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How to Stem Fracking Water Use

More advanced recycling rather than disposal of water produced by hydraulic fracturing could calm fears of accidental spillage and save millions of gallons of fresh water a year, according to Rice University scientists. The study, which appears in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts, includes … Read more »

Rice Unveils Carbon Sequestering Material for Gas Wells

Rice University scientists have devised a way to separate carbon dioxide from natural gas at wellheads that is cheaper and more energy efficient than current industry practices. A porous material invented by the laboratory of Rice chemist James Tour (pictured) sequesters carbon dioxide at ambient temperature with pressure provided by the wellhead … Read more »

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Dams Will Not Reduce Flow of Sand to Mississippi River Delta, Study Finds

Researchers have found that the Mississippi River Delta’s supply of sand—a critical material engineers need to rebuild the ecosystem—will stay constant for centuries despite upstream dams and the rapid sinking and erosion of wetlands. The study, published this week in Nature Geoscience, provides positive evidence for scientists and government officials … Read more »

DuPont Trials Hazardous Compound Remediation

DuPont says it will install a large-scale PGClear unit, which is designed to treat groundwater contaminated with chloroform, at its site in Louisville, Ky., in June. The installation is part of a full-scale field test of PGClear by Rice University, DuPont Central Research and Development and Stanford University. The researchers … Read more »