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Strongest natural material ever found

Limpets. Photo: Wikiemedia Commons.

The strongest natural material ever found is part of, surprisingly, a mollusc. Its name is Patella vulgata, or in everyday language, the common limpet. An edible sea snail found all around European coasts. The material in question is part of the ‘teeth’ with which the animal rasps over rocks in order to feed on algae.

Methane emissions may threaten Paris climate agreement

New York City at night. Cities turn out to be major sources of methane emissions. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Over the past ten years, the methane level in the atmosphere has risen to unexpected highs. Methane gas, CH4, is a 25 times times more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, CO2. Therefore, this does not bode well for the efforts to keep global temperature rise below 2oC, or indeed 1.5oC. The problem is, as

Cannabis: the next business opportunity

IPBES and after: do we need to fear global ecosystem decline?

GreenTech 2019: new crops and technologies

Compromise, often a solution rather than a liability

From energy transition to precision economy

Indoor farming: good and affordable vegetables for cities

Corporate science-based sustainability targets

Biosolar cells: moving forward step by step

CCU, Carbon Capture and Utilization, even better than biomass as a feedstock

The long lead times of wind turbines

Microalgae, environmental cleaners and food additives producers

MaterialDistrict Rotterdam 2019: imaginative new materials

Efficient protein production and utilization

Circular agriculture, the model of the future

Modern biotechnology: does it develop too fast?

Rob Baan (Koppert Cress): vegetables are healthy, but we’re not allowed to claim so

Productive soils as a carbon sink

Indirect effects, we often ignore them

Bioenergy: fine, if from side streams

Limits to biomass use

Club of Rome 50 years old

Healthy soils for a productive bioeconomy

Renewable carbon, the key to a sustainable chemical industry

Séralini disproven – what will the EU do now?

Earth Overshoot Day, or the power of doomsday messages

Rejuvenation through biotechnology, for whom?

The bioscience of immortality

Healthy aging and the science of living forever

Energy saving materials inspired by lizard skins and bark bugs

Microcrystalline cellulose: versatile and effective

Renewable chemicals building the biobased economy

GMO adversaries get enclosed from all sides

Strongest biomaterial ever

BP redresses its low renewable energy forecasts – too little, too late

Wrong question: can we decouple environmental impact from GDP growth?

Organic is not a good hallmark of quality – this is why

Circular bioeconomy: an uneasy marriage of concepts, so far

Sustainability and moralism, keep them apart

Bio concrete and other construction materials from local resources

Cloning monkeys: slippery slope or dead end?

New materials as a source of inspiration for the fashion industry

Omega-3 fatty acids produced from corn by marine algae

Self-healing concrete in full development

Much choice in biobased materials at Material Xperience

Innovative concrete: we need it badly, it’s there, we don’t use it

Drivers for renewable energy development

Genetically modified food

Perspective on renewable energy rapidly changing

Seaweed biorefinery: much work, high hopes

Genetic engineering serves sustainability

Genetically engineered spider silk

Artificial spider silk, imitating ‘the toughest material on earth’

Artificial silk: the next biotechnological frontier, about to be crossed

Doughnut economics, or why economists should learn more about technology

Plastic waste: let’s put an end to it in 10 to 15 years

Geopolitics of phosphate in a biobased economy

Energy producing landscapes

Geopolitics of renewable energy

Geopolitics of sustainability

System changes that will propel sustainable energy

Cellulose nanofibrils pave the way for biobased 3D printing

Smart grids: the power of the small scale

Nano3Bio: promising results for chitosan

Renewable energy system costs – the untold story

Solar industry evolves to the TW scale

Solar energy will soon dominate the energy system

Straw, an excellent construction material

Kipster, a new chapter in sustainable chicken farming

Dandelion rubber tyre developed by KeyGene, WUR and Vredestein

First generation bioethanol deserves revaluation, says nova-Institute

Bio-waste valorisation

Chitosan, a sleeping giant waiting to be woken

Biobased building blocks: an update

Cyrene, a biosolvent, to end the use of toxic solvents

Scientific fantasy gone wild

No neonics? And then what?

Paptic, not a plastic, rather a novel kind of paper

Dutch ecomodernism: down-to-earth but also a crusade against environmentalists

Duchenne muscular dystrophy CRISPR cure: just for the rich and well-connected?

Regulatory process of insecticides: let’s apply some logic and social science

Ban neonics, or not, or something else

Neonicotinoids and bees: a heated conflict even on data

Bee colony collapse: will we ever know the true causes?

Nanocomposites, precision materials

Precision horticulture: what the consumer wants

Whole crop valorisation

Precision, the hallmark of a new era

Green PAC, motor of the biobased economy

Bioplastics: disruptive shift to come

CocoPallet: grow in niches and compete on price, says Michiel Vos

A common sense or 50-50-40 energy scenario. Part 2: renewable energy

A common sense energy scenario. Part 1: global energy consumption