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Ammonia Synthesis with Lithium

Ammonia Synthesis with Lithium

Approximately 150 million metric tons of ammonia is produced annually. A significant amount of the ammonia generated is used to make fertilizers, notably ammonium nitrate. Currently, the primary method of synthesizing ammonia involves the Haber Bosch process. The Haber Bosch process is based on the reaction between molecular nitrogen from the air and hydrogen derived… Read more

Vaping: A Potential Health Concern

Vaping: A Potential Health Concern

E-cigarette use has grown approximately 900% among high school students between 2011 and 2015, according to Rob McConnell, an internal medicine specialist at USC. However, as young adolescents are lured into e-cigarettes by their appeal as a “healthy alternative” to cigarettes, what are the major health concerns of e-cigarettes or vaping? Vaping, the inhalation of… Read more

Plastic-eating Organisms

Plastic-eating Organisms

Over eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans every year. The forget about it mentality pervades society, and they ignore a massive problem that plagues marine life. The newest data, according to a study published in Science, claims that the sheer tonnage of plastic burdening oceans every year is equal to 5… Read more

Blue Light: The Sleep Killer

Blue Light: The Sleep Killer

Sleep is pivotal for every human being. Whether you are an adult or a teenager, a good night sleep can provide increased cognitive reasoning, wider attention span, and simply a good feeling to tackle the day. However, there are many ways in which we can get a lack of sleep or even a bad sleep…. Read more

Converting Seawater to Fuel

Converting Seawater to Fuel

Hydrogen is an alternative fuel which can be synthesized from various domestic resources. Highly abundant in the environment, hydrogen is stored in water, hydrocarbons, and other organic compounds. Interest in hydrogen as a substitution for conventional fossil fuels spurs from its ability to produce zero emissions when burned with oxygen. However, challenges of using hydrogen… Read more

Semiconductors: Waveguides and Technology

Semiconductors: Waveguides and Technology

Technology has been improving at a quick rate compared to the centuries before; our smartphones have much more power than supercomputers made decades ago. Although this is true, the semiconductor industry has to come up with new ways to improve current technology. We’re reaching the smallest we can make components that make our devices work. One way researchers… Read more

Bacteria Harvest Light for Energy

Bacteria Harvest Light for Energy

Researchers are investigating alternative sources of energy to replace conventional fossil fuels. One highly-talked about method is the creation of artificial photosynthetic systems. Similar to how plants use sunlight to produce carbohydrates, these processes use sunlight to synthesize renewable energy and chemical products usually made from fossil fuels and plastics. Kesley Sakimoto Ph.D and Peidong… Read more

The Future of Perovskite Solar Cells

The Future of Perovskite Solar Cells

Solar energy is a growing source of renewable energy in the United States. Since 2008, installations of solar photovoltaic devices have increased from 1.2 gigawatts to approximately 30 gigawatts, generating enough energy to power 5.7 million American homes. Additionally, costs for solar photovoltaic technology have decreased, allowing it to become an affordable and accessible alternative… Read more

Converting Carbon Dioxide to Fuel

Converting Carbon Dioxide to Fuel

The world’s dependence on fossil fuels as energy sources is accompanied by various benefits and detriments. Over the last two hundred years, utilization of these nonrenewable resources, like coal, oil and natural gas, bolstered progress in economic and social development. However, despite the advancements made for human civilization, long-term use of fossil fuels has released… Read more

Are Irma and Harvey a Product of Global Warming?

Are Irma and Harvey a Product of Global Warming?

     A lot of focus has been on the hurricanes hitting the southeast United States this year. Hurricane Harvey devastated much of Texas and Hurricane Irma flooded parts of Florida. Additionally, there have also been multiple other hurricanes and tropical storms this season that did not receive as much press. Irma and Harvey were… Read more