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Sugar Hitches a Ride on Organic Sea Spray
Sticky organic molecules hop aboard oily floaters and may influence the amount of sunlight reflected by marine clouds
PNNL researchers and collaborators found a "sticky" strategy binds organic sugar-like molecules to floating fatty molecules on the sea surface which can be flung into the atmosphere by bursting bubbles. This mechanism may explain the discrepancies between models and the actual sea spray aerosol composition measurements that influence the amount of sunlight reflected by marine clouds.
Carbon Capture and Conversion Together in Solution Reduces Energy Demands
Keeping captured carbon dioxide in liquid makes it more reactive and easier to concentrate
At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, scientists showed that carbon dioxide in solution behaves differently than its gaseous counterpart. In liquids, carbon dioxide is chemically reactive and concentrated, reducing the energy demands for the first steps in creating fuels.