Living energy - microbes for renewable energy storage

Materials World magazine
Researchers at Stanford and Penn State Universities, both USA, have raised colonies of microbial communities including methanogens that can turn electrical energy into carbon-neutral methane.

Fungus cleans up radioactive waters

Materials World magazine
Fungus could act as an environmental sponge and remove radioactive waste from polluted waters, say Harvard researchers.
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Pool of expertise - new wave test facility

Materials World magazine
When it opens for business in May 2013, the £9.5 million All-Waters Combined Current and Wave Test Facility at the University of Edinburgh, UK, promises to cut the development times and costs of tidal and wave energy converters.

Anti-freeze coating for metals slips into place

Materials World magazine
A coating technique that keeps metal surfaces free from condensation, frost and ice, even under conditions of high humidity and pressure, is in progress.