North Carolina State University researchers have identified a new mechanism to convert natural gas into energy up to 70 times faster, while effectively capturing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2).“This could make power generation from natural gas both cleaner and more efficient,” says Fanxing Li, co-author of a paper on the research and an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC State.
This bodes well for the climate, and will help power the world’s growing economies as well. But what about feeding the growing masses driving those economies and consuming that energy? Science is making progress on that front too. The BBC reports:
British scientists say they have developed a new type of wheat which could increase productivity by 30%…The Cambridge-based National Institute of Agricultural Botany has combined an ancient ancestor of wheat with a modern variety to produce a new strain.In early trials, the resulting crop seemed bigger and stronger than the current modern wheat varieties…The process required no genetic modification of the crops.
And we’re going to need these über-efficient crops and energy sources, because life expectancies are getting longer every year. The Times of Israel reports on a team of scientists who recently made a discovery to further extend those life expectancies:
The team from Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine say that they were able to extend the lives of mice by up to 20% by teasing a small part of the brain known as the hypothalamus.The researchers, who published their finding in the journal Nature on Wednesday, also found that they were able to keep the mice from suffering the debilitating effects of age, such as muscle weakness and memory problems.
We need more research like this, as fast as possible.[Lab mouse image courtesy of Shutterstock]