2020 is finally here!!

It already feels and seems like this year is bringing along huge changes as per climate condition and overall earth physique.

It is inevitable to think that 2019 started the whole thing with the fire taking place in the Amazon; which has definitely had its huge ripple on our climate today. (not that I would know about that – it’s all pure feelings I get from mother Gaia! 🙂 ).

However, on the other hand, we have the technology – thank the lords for that!

Scientists are always somehow reaching different ways to balance what is being destroyed.

The news we find most promising a brighter future for this week’s piece is that sunscreens are being banned in some countries, scientists found a way to create chemical-free sunscreen from plant waste and researchers are finding ways to provide energy-dense batteries which can last up to 5 days straight.

How promising is this to have the best summer ever a few years from now?! 

Anyhow, let’s get right into it…


Banning Sunscreen Use on Coral Reefs

Being a diving destination for tourists in the western pacific ocean, Palau is the first country in the world to take the major step of banning chemical-based lotions from being used on its coral reefs.

Studies have proved that sunscreens contain Oxybenzone and Octinoxate, which are two chemicals with the power of mutating the DNA of corals, causing a deficit in their growth and making them more prone to bleaching.

The banning of these lotions has already been approved back in 2018, as a result of a study in which 10 different chemicals containing coral bleaching effects were identified. Since last Wednesday, either the selling or the use of sunscreens containing any of those chemicals is absolutely forbidden in Palau.


Food Waste Reused as an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Harmful and Chemical Filled Sunscreens

The “green chemists” team of international scientists from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, along with some colleagues around the world, have been experimenting on ways to extract useful compounds out of inedible plant waste through a chemical procedure called Xylochemistry or (the chemistry of wood).

By applying this process to cashew nut shells, the green chemists produced a new aromatic compound showing excellent UVA and UVB rays absorbance; making the resulting product useful to be used as the main ingredient to formulate eco-friendly sunscreens.


Energy Dense Batteries? Check!

This is for all the dear nomophobics!! 

Yes, like a phone battery that lasts up to 5 days straight… 

A Monash University researchers team engineered a method that created a bond between particles to highly tolerate stress and provide higher levels of stability as never seen before.

These batteries seem to be some kind of a scientific miracle as they yield the following benefits:

  • Attractive performance
  • Lower manufacturing cost
  • Abundant material supply (the material used in them is the same material used in standard lithium-ion batteries)
  • Ease of processing
  • Reduced environmental carbon footprint

For today, these were some of the most engaging news out there.

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