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A recent U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) report highlights the potential benefits of Appalachia Development Group’s (ADG) proposed infrastructure project, the over $3 billion Appalachian Storage and Trading Hub (ASTH). The DOE is providing a loan guarantee for this massive undertaking, which would establish a local storage and trading facility to utilize the Appalachian region’s extensive natural gas liquid (NGL) resources.

Doctors have used electrical stimulators to treat urinary incontinence for more than 30 years. These devices deliver current to nerves associated with urination, and are believed to relieve the inconvenient symptoms of an overactive bladder. However, the method is not specific — it disrupts nerve signaling in organs besides the bladder, causing unexpected and unfavorable side effects.

Engineers at Stevens Institute of Technology have developed a bionic mushroom that uses electrodes and photosynthetic bacteria to produce electricity. Inspired by the symbiotic relationship between nature’s fungal and bacterial kingdoms, the researchers created a mushroom patterned with graphene nanoribbons and cyanobacteria.

In the quest for clean energy solutions, the answer may lie where you least expect it: the toilet. Sewage and wastewater are rich sources of organic matter and nutrients, potential feedstocks for biofuels such as biohydrogen. But without sufficient extraction methods, the energy-abundant substances are flushed down the drain and sent to disposal and treatment facilities.

Most patients prefer taking their drugs orally, but many drugs in development today are impossible to ingest. The majority of new active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) have poor water solubility.

In both developing and developed countries, antibiotic-resistant bacteria afflict more than two million patients. Health officials predict that by 2050, drug-resistant bacterial infections will cause more deaths than cancer.

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