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Audi has successfully made diesel fuel from carbon dioxide and water - ScienceAlert

German car manufacturer Audi has reportedly invented a carbon-neutral diesel fuel, made solely from water, carbon dioxide and renewable energy sources. And the crystal clear 'e-diesel' is already being used to power the Audi A8 owned by the country’s Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka.

The creation of the fuel is a huge step forward for sustainable transport, but the fact that it’s being backed by an automotive giant is even more exciting. Audi has now set up a pilot plant in Dresden, Germany, operated by clean tech company Sunfire, which will pump...

Student creates powerful catalyst from potassium

Of what use is a newborn baby? This rhetorical question, variously attributed to Benjamin Franklin, Michael Faraday and Thomas Edison, is meant to suggest that a novel discovery or invention whose ultimate utility is not yet known should be viewed as a bouncing bundle of potential.

These new smartphone cameras could tell you what an object is made of - ScienceAlert

Imagine being able to take a photo or video of something and get instant feedback about it’s chemical composition. For instance, you might want to know whether that $10 drink you ordered actually contains any alcohol, orwhether the fruit you've bought from the supermarket is covered in pesticides.

Interstellar chemical resembles building blocks of life | Science News

A cold cloud of gas and dust near the center of the galaxy may create the molecular ingredients for life.

By searching the cloud called Sagittarius B2, researchers found the first branched organic chemical discovered in interstellar space: isopropyl cyanide. Its branched structure resembles that of many amino acids, fundamental components of life on Earth that link together to form proteins. The discovery, reported in the Sept. 26 Science, hints that compounds essential to life may arise in the mass of molecules between the stars before making their way to Earth and other...

Snapshots of chemical reactions: Characterizing an important reactive intermediate -- ScienceDaily

An international group of researchers has been able to isolate and characterize an important chemical intermediate whose existence has, so far, only been inferred from indirect experimental evidence.

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