Human-made earthquake risk reduced if fracking is 895m from faults

The risk of human-made earthquakes due to fracking is greatly reduced if high-pressure fluid injection used to crack underground rocks is 895m away from faults in the Earth’s crust, according to new research. The recommendation, from the ReFINE (Researching Fracking) consortium, is based on published microseismic data from 109 fracking operations carried out predominantly in […]

Illuminating plants may replace electricity soon as researchers transform trees into light source

Researchers at MIT have come up with a method to transform trees into light source through plant nanobionics. It’s frustrating when the power goes off while you are studying for an examination or reading an interesting novel or in the middle of an important task. Well, experts are working on making plants produce light with an aim to replace […]

Waste treatment system recovers energy, water and nutrients from sewage

Designed for use in developing countries, the NEWgenerator can recover energy, clean water and fertilizer from wastewater (Credit: Daniel Yeh) People in developed countries might not give much thought to what happens after the toilet is flushed, but in developing countries that’s a serious problem. A system called the NEWgenerator is designed to help take the strain […]

China working on world’s longest tunnel to carry water from Tibet to turn ‘Xinjiang desert into California’

Chinese engineers are working on an ambitious project to make its Xinjiang desert bloom. They are currently testing techniques that could help them build a 1,000-kilometre-long tunnel, which is expected to carry water from Tibet to the drylands of Xinjiang. The proposed tunnel, if successfully built, would be the world’s longest, easily beating the existing […]