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Coffee sacks and pruning waste for wastewater treatment

Research conducted by the Urban River Lab team has revealed a new natural, zero-kilometer solution for treating wastewater from isolated houses or small urban areas. The Urban River Lab team is  composed of professionals from the Blanes Center for Advanced Studies (CEAB-CSIC), Naturalea Conservació, the University of Barcelona, and the Besòs-Tordera Consortium.

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A plant-derived material can clean water contaminated by metals and persistent compounds with high efficiency

The Centre for Materials Physics (CFM, CSIC-UPV/EHU) has developed a material that can clean water and other fluids contaminated by heavy metals and organic compounds such as pharmaceuticals. Laboratory tests show that the material can trap pollutants with efficiencies close to 100 % in the case of heavy metals, and over 50 % in the case of some organic compounds.

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Renewable energy or biodiversity: the BIOPAIS project analyses potential impacts of Mediterranean wind farms

Wind farm

The European Union aims to become climate neutral by 2050. To achieve this goal, the offshore wind energy must cover the 30% of the electricity demand of the member states, which means that the current marine areas used for the production of this type of energy has to be multiplied by 15.  

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Bacteria in nutrient-rich environments reduce their genes (and why knowing this is helpful in biomedicine and bioapplications)

Knowing how bacteria adapt to their environment opens promising reserach avenues in biotechnology, biomedicine, or the environment. A study from CEAB shows that a nutrient-rich environment favors bacteria that have lost genes involved in processes such as amino acid self-production. Dispensing with genes represents an energy-saving for them and gives them an advantage in those contexts

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Bioluminescent bacteria and algae for illuminating cities

The CRAG has just embarked on BioLumCity, a singular project that aims to offer an advanced form of real bioluminescence based on bacteria and algae, with applications in architecture and urban design.

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