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Scalable membrane distillation method uses sun’s heat to convert salt water to fresh water

By Faye Oney / June 30, 2017

Rice University researchers have developed an environmentally friendly membrane distillation system that harnesses solar energy for purifying water. The technology could soon be scaled to provide clean water to remote locations, including areas that lack clean water.

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Video: Magnetic ink prints self-healing devices that fix themselves in mere milliseconds

By April Gocha / November 16, 2016

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a neodymium-loaded magnetic ink that can be used to print batteries, circuits, and other devices that, if broken or damaged, can self-heal themselves in a matter of milliseconds.

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Old tires find new purpose by helping build better anode for Li-ion batteries

By Jessica McMathis / September 5, 2014

The recycled rubber we so readily discard—some 290 million tires each year—could someday provide electricity to our electric vehicles or store solar or wind energy.

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