Pee, Poop, and Perspiration Will Be Useful in Traveling to Mars

Astronauts’ waste will not be wasted.

Silicon-based life on Earth? Only artificially, so far — but maybe natural on other planets

A team of researchers forced bacteria to create carbon-silicon bonds, and their experiment showcases why life on our planet chose carbon.

“Felting” carbon nanotubes could finally allow us to use the wonder-material at large

Carbon nanotubes are one of the most promising materials humanity is looking into today — problem is, they tend to break when mixed with anything else.

Hard-pressed by humans, rainforests lost their ability to act as carbon sinks

Instead, they now release around 8% of global emissions.

Exotic carbon molecule has six bonds, breaking the four-bond limit

This molecule doesn’t play by the rules.

Australian researchers develop harder-than-diamond artificial diamond

Blinging hard!

Comprehensive study finds that sustainable eating could save the planet

Cutting down on meat could drastically reduce global warming.

Scientists coax bacteria towards silicon-based life

Silly bacteria, carbon-based life is best life!

NASA prepares mission to intercept asteroid

NASA is preparing for a potentially game-changing mission: intercepting an asteroid and bringing a sample back home.

Transportation takes lion share of carbon emissions in U.S. after 40 years — both good and bad news

Basically, it’s because coal is done and gone.

Google used DeepMind to cut their electricity bill by a whopping 15%

That adds up to a lot of money.

Trees trade carbon through their roots, using symbiotic fungi networks

A forest’s trees capture carbon not only for themselves, but also engage in an active “trade” of sorts with their neighbors, a new study found. University of Basel botanists found that this process, conducted by symbiotic fungi in the forest’s soil, takes place even among trees of different species.

Taking a look into Mercury’s dark secrets

When the MESSENGER spacecraft found carbon rich material on Mercury, researchers were surprised and couldn’t quite explain the source. Now, they believe that the material may be the remnants of a primordial graphite crust, which would also explain why Mercury looks darker than expected.

Scientists find new phase of carbon at room-temp that’s harder than diamond

To make diamonds, the industry typically resorts to subjecting graphite to immense pressure and temperature, which makes production volumes low and costly. This paradigm is about to change, since researchers at North Carolina State University found a new phase for carbon called Q-carbon, produced at ambient temperatures and pressure. This is surprisingly close to diamond in structure, with the added benefit of exhibiting a couple of unique properties.

Penta-graphene is stronger and better than graphene – we only need to make it, now

Chinese researchers ran simulations and found that a pentagon-containing version of graphene is theoretically stable. The 2D allotrope of carbon is made up of atom-thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a repeating pentagon pattern, while graphene is made up of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagon pattern, like a chicken wire. Graphene is the strongest material in the world and fantastic electrical conductor,

Washing soda could be used to capture CO2 fired by power plants

Lawrence Livermore scientists have devised tiny capsules made up of a highly permeable polymer shell and a sodium carbonate solution that actively reacts with and absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2). Sodium carbonate is typically known as the main ingredient in washing soda, a common household item. The capsules are a lot cheaper and more environmentally friendly than other chemical carbon capture

Graphene: unlimited heat conductivity

It’s official – graphene is the wonder material of the millennium. A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Mainz and the National Univ. of Singapore found that thermal conductivity of graphene diverges with the size of the samples. What’s the big deal? Well, the findings show that the thermal conductivity of graphene is not

US navy synthesizes jet fuel solely out of seawater; costs $3-6 gallon

Part of an extraordinary venture, researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) report they’ve synthesized hydrocarbon fuel solely from seawater by transforming the CO2 and H2 found in the water. To demonstrate they viability of the fuel, a replica of the legendary WWII P-51 was fitted by an off-the-shelf (OTS) and unmodified two-stroke internal combustion engine and fueled by the synthetic

First computer made out of carbon nanotubes spells silicon demise in electronics

In an inspiring breakthrough, Stanford researchers have created the first ever working computer made entirely out of carbon nanotubes. The technology is still very infant, as the computer  operates on just one bit of information, and can only count to 32. Theoretically, however, it can be scaled up to perform billions of operations given enough memory.  With more refining, computers such

Graphene transistors made using DNA assembly

As electronics become ever thinner, smaller and faster, scientists always need to think ahead and develop solutions to accommodate the computing needs of the future. For one, it becomes clearer with each passing day that silicon – the most used material in electronics – can’t be used anymore for tomorrow’s tech since we’re nearing its maximum potential. Graphene, the wonder