Video: Hydrogen taxi takes to the streets in Brussels

By Lisa McDonald / September 21, 2022

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are another option besides electric vehicles to decarbonize the transportation industry. Brussels-based taxi company Taxis Verts just launched a one-year pilot project exploring the potential of using hydrogen fuel cell cars in its fleet.

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Video: Approval of industrial seafloor mining trial elicits scrutiny from marine scientists and journalists

By Lisa McDonald / September 14, 2022

On Sept. 7, 2022, Canadian mining startup The Metals Company announced the International Seabed Authority greenlit their plan to conduct an industrial seafloor mining trial to extract polymetallic nodules. While marine scientists are concerned about the environmental effects of deep-sea mining in general, an investigative report by The New York Times questions the choice of The Metals Company to conduct this trial.

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Video: Tactile graphics enable universal visualization of data

By Lisa McDonald / September 7, 2022

The inclusion of students with visual impairments in chemistry courses requires explicit and systematic effort. Researchers led by Baylor University explored creating lithophanes featuring data found in the chemical sciences to make scientific data accessible to everyone regardless of eyesight level.

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Video: ‘Shattered glass of Beirut’ exhibit reflects Lebanon’s road to recovery

By Lisa McDonald / August 31, 2022

More than two years have passed since a massive stockpile of ammonium nitrate exploded at the port of Beirut, killing hundreds and displacing thousands in the capital of Lebanon. The restoration of some shattered ancient glass vessels by a collaborative international partnership serves as a microcosm for the larger restoration efforts.

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Video: Electrifying Africa—Swedish-Kenyan mobility startup Roam debuts electric buses and motorcycles

By Lisa McDonald / August 24, 2022

Lack of infrastructure and affordability are barriers to electric vehicle adoption in many emerging countries. Swedish-Kenyan mobility startup Roam aims to overcome those hurdles with its range of electric mobility product offerings.

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Video: California startup pitches electric vehicle ‘subscription’ as alternative to ownership

By Lisa McDonald / August 17, 2022

The price of buying an electric vehicle is a big hurdle to widespread EV adoption. California-based startup Autonomy pitches the vision that its EV subscription service will allow anyone to drive electric without the long-term commitment of a traditional loan or lease.

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Video: Minerals Security Partnership advances multinational commitment to bolstering critical mineral supply chains

By Lisa McDonald / August 10, 2022

The Minerals Security Partnership, announced during the annual Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada convention in mid-June 2022, is an 11-member multinational partnership initiative that aims to bolster critical mineral supply chains. Learn more about who is involved and India’s possible interest in joining the partnership.

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Video: Heat waves and drought threaten structural stability of French homes

By Lisa McDonald / August 3, 2022

In addition to the health impacts of Europe’s current record-setting heat waves and drought, the weather is leading more houses to experience structural damage as the underlying soil dries and contracts. Subsidence-related damages are a major problem for French homeowners, and insurers and the government have been in talks over how to better handle such damage claims.

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Video: Titanium dioxide ban illustrates the differing approaches to chemicals regulation in the EU and US

By Lisa McDonald / July 27, 2022

As the European Union prepares to ban the use of titanium dioxide as a food additive starting August 7, the United States Food and Drug Administration has no plans to change regulation of this substance. This situation illustrates the larger picture of how the EU and U.S. differ in their approach to chemicals regulation.

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Video: States release their plans for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program

By Lisa McDonald / July 20, 2022

The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program aims to provide states with nearly $5 billion in funding to strategically deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure. To receive their share of the funding, each state must submit a deployment plan by August 1. Compiled here are links to the plans released so far.

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