How Food Waste Could Be Turned Into Climate-Friendly Jet Fuel

How Food Waste Could Be Turned Into Climate-Friendly Jet Fuel

The researchers demonstrated that with the right catalysts, both of these reactions work extremely well and produce a mix of hydrocarbons with properties similar to that of jet fuel.

Biden Wants the Government to Run on EVs. It Won’t Be Easy

Biden Wants the Government to Run on EVs. It Won’t Be Easy

“If people see that their mail delivery people are driving electric vehicles, they’ll get the confidence they’ll need,” says Doug Kettles, director of the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition, a Department of Energy-supported group that promotes advanced vehicle technologies.

President Biden, Please Don't Get Into Carbon Farming

President Biden, Please Don't Get Into Carbon Farming

But before putting any taxpayer money on this train, consider some inconvenient truths: First, the carbon farming practices being promoted as something new have all been in use for decades, and all were originally adopted for reasons unrelated to climate change.

Could Carbon Dioxide Be Turned Into Jet Fuel?

Could Carbon Dioxide Be Turned Into Jet Fuel?

By adding heat (350 degrees Celsius, which is 662 degrees Fahrenheit) to citric acid, hydrogen, and a catalyst made of iron, manganese, and potassium to the carbon dioxide, the team was able to produce liquid fuel that would work in a jet engine.

Underground Brine Could Be a Source of Oxygen on Mars

Underground Brine Could Be a Source of Oxygen on Mars

When powered up, brine flowed through the device, splitting into pure oxygen gas captured on the anode side and pure hydrogen gas on the cathode side.DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2008613117 (About DOIs).This story originally appeared on Ars Technica.📩 Want the latest on tech, science, and more?

Want to Fight the Zombie Fire Apocalypse? Weaponize Math

Want to Fight the Zombie Fire Apocalypse? Weaponize Math

“The magic of cellular automata is that by aggregating very simple rules in a space, it actually is able to capture what is called an ‘emergent behavior,’ which is a behavior that is extremely complex,” says Imperial College London engineer Guillermo Rein, coauthor of a new paper describing the work in the journal Proceedings of the Combustion Institute.

Is Lightning-Fast Plasma the Key to a Cleaner Car Engine?

Is Lightning-Fast Plasma the Key to a Cleaner Car Engine?

For years, the Vehicle Technology Office has been focused on swapping out conventional gasoline with more environmentally friendly biofuels .“An internal combustion engine can utilize a wide range of fuels, and some of those can be partially renewable,” says Howell.

The Joy of ‘Analog’ Cooking on a Green Coleman Camp Stove

The Joy of ‘Analog’ Cooking on a Green Coleman Camp Stove

The Coleman certainly has its flaws, and I'll get to those, but let's pause here and talk about an industry-wide problem: the lack of easy recycling for the camp fuel canisters.

Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past

Nuclear ‘Power Balls’ May Make Meltdowns a Thing of the Past

In a conventional nuclear reactor, the main line of defense against a meltdown is the fuel control rod, which power plant operators use to control the fission rate in the core.

‘Carbon Farming’ Could Make US Agriculture Truly Green

‘Carbon Farming’ Could Make US Agriculture Truly Green

When a company buys carbon offsets , it funds projects elsewhere to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as planting trees in Indonesia or installing giant machines inside California dairies that suck up the methane produced by burping and farting cows and turn it into a usable biofuel.

After 60 Years, Explosion-Powered Rockets Are Nearly Here

After 60 Years, Explosion-Powered Rockets Are Nearly Here

As the director of the Propulsion and Energy Research Laboratory at the University of Central Florida, Ahmed has spent the last few years developing a next generation rocket engine that uses controlled explosions to boost stuff into space.

How to Refuel a Nuclear Power Plant During a Pandemic

How to Refuel a Nuclear Power Plant During a Pandemic

The latest shipment of fuel arrived at the plant well before the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill, says Greg Cameron, the nuclear communications director at Palo Verde.

A One-Time Poultry Farmer Invents the Future of Refrigeration

A One-Time Poultry Farmer Invents the Future of Refrigeration

In the case of, say, a gasoline-powered car, the fuel is mixed with air, crammed into a piston chamber, and set alight, causing it to jump more than 1,000 degrees in temperature.

How Airlines Are Trying to Boost Efficiency and Cut Emissions

How Airlines Are Trying to Boost Efficiency and Cut Emissions

Improvements to air traffic control could also help reduce emissions by as much as 12 percent, per a 1999 estimate from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Hungry Animals Can Change How Severely a Landscape Burns

Hungry Animals Can Change How Severely a Landscape Burns

The grazers might also prefer grasses to shrubs, which changes the vertical structure of the vegetation, further increasing the fire risk.So while the grazers are doing a helpful job of eating up some potential tinder, they’re leaving behind vegetation that is extra-flammable—which is a mixed bag, in terms of wildfire prevention.

Recycled Nuclear Waste Will Power a New Reactor

Recycled Nuclear Waste Will Power a New Reactor

For the past year, scientists at INL have started recycling spent uranium to meet the fuel needs of a new generation of small commercial reactors.

Cheap Nanoparticles Pave the Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel

Cheap Nanoparticles Pave the Way for Carbon-Neutral Fuel

So in 2011, an Icelandic energy startup called Carbon Recycling International built the George Olah plant, which captures Svartsengi’s CO2 emissions and turns them into a carbon-neutral fuel.

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

Jeff Bezos Can Control Earth’s Future With His $10 Billion Pledge

In an Monday, the world’s richest man committed $10 billion of his personal fortune to set up the new Bezos Earth Fund, which would support “scientists, activists, NGOs—any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.” The announcement was light on specifics, and it’s not clear yet how the money will be spent .

Hurling Satellites Into Space Seems Crazy—but Might Just Work

Hurling Satellites Into Space Seems Crazy—but Might Just Work

Before I get to the calculations, let's look at the details of the system and the physics involved.

The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer

The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer

Operated by NuScale Power, an Oregon-based energy startup, this prototype reactor represents a new chapter in the conflict-ridden, politically bedeviled saga of nuclear power plants .NuScale’s reactor won’t need massive cooling towers or sprawling emergency zones.

SUVs Are Worse for the Climate Than You Ever Imagined

SUVs Are Worse for the Climate Than You Ever Imagined

Some people feel safer in a vehicle where they sit high above the road, but the raised center of gravity makes SUVs more prone to rollovers than cars, said Consumer Reports.

The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change

The Kids Suing to Save the World from Climate Change

“I think especially for young people, we are actually discouraged often not to dive into that, because it's overwhelming and scary,” said Kelsey Juliana, the lead plaintiff, in a conversation with WIRED senior editor Sandra Upson.

Fly Me to the Moon … With Elephants!

Fly Me to the Moon … With Elephants!

I recently ran across an animation showing a Saturn V rocket during liftoff, but with a small modification.Video: Rhett AllainBefore it was launched, the metal ball was at rest and thus had a momentum of zero.

Andrew Yang Wants a Thorium Reactor by 2027. Good Luck, Buddy

Andrew Yang Wants a Thorium Reactor by 2027. Good Luck, Buddy

Plenty of countries, most notably China , are investing heavily in molten-salt reactor research in general and thorium reactors in particular.

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

Trump Threatens California's Role as a Clean-Air Pioneer

In 1990, the state tightened its standards again, and added a new component: Its Low-Emission Vehicle program required that automakers sell some zero-emission vehicles, as in battery and fuel-cell electric cars.

An Area 51 Warning, Trump Takes on California, and More News

An Area 51 Warning, Trump Takes on California, and More News

An Area 51 aficionado gives a warning, Trump is fighting with California over vehicle emissions, and the FDA is struggling to regulate vaping.That's the estimated number of people who use vapes, or e-cigarettes, up from 7 million in 2011.

White House Plans Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

White House Plans Biofuel Quota Boost Amid Appeals From Iowa

Top administration officials have developed plans to give a 5% boost to U.S. renewable fuel-blending quotas in 2020, as President Donald Trump seeks to temper farm-state criticism he has undermined U.S. mandates compelling the use of corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel.

Shipping’s Great Fuel Switch Is Starting to Drive Up Freight Costs

Shipping’s Great Fuel Switch Is Starting to Drive Up Freight Costs

The cost of shipping commodities by sea surged to the highest in almost nine years as vessel owners start taking carriers off hire to prepare them for sweeping new fuel rules.

A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News

A Tesla Security Bug, Levandowski Indicted, and More Car News

But that is exactly what happened this week , when a father of this era of automated vehicle technology, the former Uber and Waymo engineer Anthony Levandowski, was indicted on federal charges of trade secret theft.

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

Trump Lashes Out After Automakers Agree to California's Standards

That deal represents the most clear-cut example of auto industry unease with the Trump administration’s August 2018 proposal to dramatically ease fuel economy and vehicle greenhouse gas emissions standards drafted by the Obama administration, which sought to boost average fuel efficiency to roughly 50 miles per gallon by 2025.