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Successful Nigerian business-NGO partnerships rooted in collaboration

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:18:00 EST

What’s the key ingredient to successful partnerships? York University Development Studies Professor Uwafiokun Idemudia reviewed existing research on an unorthodox union between a non-governmental organization (NGO) and an oil company with a history of spills in Nigeria. He found that collaboration was beneficial even when innate creative tensions exist, and to reach sustainable targets, the company needs to align its overall strategy with the goals of the partnership.(image)



Working in the Cold

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:40:00 EST

When it is cold in winter, cars tend to have starting problems. This is not much better with electric cars, which inevitably lose capacity of their rechargeable lithium-ion batteries at freezing temperatures. Now, Chinese scientists have offered a strategy to avoid plunging battery kinetics. In a study published in the journal Angewandte Chemie, they designed a battery system with a cold-enduring hard-carbon anode and a powerful lithium-rich cathode, with the important initial lithiation step integrated.(image)



Superior hydrogen catalyst just grows that way

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:12:00 EST

Replacing your everyday gas guzzler with a hydrogen fueled car could drastically reduce your carbon footprint. So why don’t we all make the switch?(image)



Remote northern Alberta community has UCalgary grad to thank for its solar energy project

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:14:00 EST

How many solar panels does it take to cover the arena roof in Peavine Métis Settlement?It’s not exactly the kind of question Juan Pfeiffer was accustomed to answering over the course of earning two engineering degrees in his native Colombia, but it is precisely the question at the core of his capstone project for the Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV) program at the University of Calgary from which he has just graduated.(image)



Genes Found in Drought-Resistant Plants Could Accelerate Evolution of Water-Use Efficient Crops

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 12:28:00 EST

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have identified a common set of genes that enable different drought-resistant plants to survive in semi-arid conditions, which could play a significant role in bioengineering and creating energy crops that are tolerant to water deficits.(image)



Windows of Opportunity: Solar Cell with Improved Transparency

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:51:00 EST

Tokyo - Roof-mounted solar panels are an increasingly common sight in many places. As a source of cheap, clean electricity, their advantages are obvious. However, most solar panels are opaque, and therefore cannot be placed over windows. Now, researchers at The University of Tokyo's Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) have made developments in the design of transparent solar materials.(image)



Researchers Discover Breakthrough Process for Directly Converting Methane to Methanol

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:53:00 EST

The direct oxidation of methane—found in natural gas—into methanol at low temperatures has long been a holy grail. Now, researchers at Tufts have found a breakthrough way to accomplish the feat using a heterogeneous catalyst and cheap molecular oxygen, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature by a team led by Tufts University chemical engineers.(image)