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Go Outside! People Who Play In Green Spaces Are Healthier

Technology is the use of scientific knowledge for practical purposes or applications, whether in industry or in our everyday lives. Clean technologies — also known sometimes as green tech — reduce the negative effects that our post-industrial society has on the planet and its ecosystems, including human life. Those negative … [continued]

In this rendition of the macromolecular model of the secondary cell wall in poplar wood, cellulose is shown in white, hemicellulose in green, and lignin in yellow. Image by Peter Ciesielski, NREL.

NREL Researchers Produce 1st Macromolecular Model of Plant Secondary Cell Wall

Answers to Macromolecular Puzzle Hold Key to More Efficient Utilization of Biomass for Fuels, Chemicals, and Materials A multidisciplinary approach has enabled researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to quantitatively define the relative positioning and arrangement of the polymers in Populus wood and to create … [continued]

The Many Ways Nature Nurtures Human Well-Being

The many ways nature nurtures human well-being: New study identifies the multiple intersecting pathways linking the nonmaterial contributions of ecosystems to human well-being A systematic review of 301 academic articles on “cultural ecosystem services” has enabled researchers to identify how these nonmaterial contributions from nature are linked to and significantly … [continued]

Researchers Take A Practical Look Beyond Short-Term Energy Storage

With variable renewable energy (VRE) expected to become a much larger share of the global energy mix, storage solutions are needed beyond short-duration timescales, such as standard commercial batteries, which are suitable for covering hourly differences in net load. A Nature Energy “News & Views” article by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) … [continued]