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An international team of scientists has demonstrated for the first time that anthropogenic CO2 can be effectively captured and permanently stored by injecting it into volcanic bedrock.

An industrial process to convert methane directly into methanol at mild conditions could take advantage of the vast new sources of available natural gas produced through hydraulic fracturing.

Housed within a plant’s leaves is a chemical factory of sorts that absorbs energy from the sun and uses it to produce chemicals. The elegant and clean machinery has inspired research groups around the world — each aspiring to develop synthetic devices that mimic nature’s photosynthesis capability.

The CRISPR/Cas9 system, part of the bacterial immune response, has become well-known for its applications in DNA editing. But even as animal trials using CRISPR/Cas9 to treat genetic conditions begin, researchers are still discovering new types of natural CRISPR sequences.

A new process to make structurally colored materials by the hundreds of meters may lead to advances in smart clothing or counterfeit-proof bank notes.

A new graphene chip that detects a single nucleotide mutation in DNA molecules is a first step toward implantable and portable wireless biosensors that could provide early warning of cancer or other diseases, researchers at the Univ. of California, San Diego (UCSD) say.

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have designed a flow battery without the valves and pumps typically required.

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