Venus Flytrap for Nuclear Waste: New Material Finds ‘Needle in a Haystack,’ Shows Promise for Clean-Up

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The open windows of the metal-sulfide material allow cesium (Cs) ions to enter the structure. Like a Venus flytrap, the entrance of cesium ions in the cavity triggers a window-closing response to permanently encapsulate the ion.

Not every object is food to a Venus flytrap. Like the carnivorous plant, a new material developed at Northwestern University permanently traps only its desired prey, the radioactive ion cesium, and not other harmless ions like sodium.

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Turning Hazardous Waste Into Usable Energy

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Energy From Waste

An emerging Washington state company InEnTec LLC (Integrated Environmental Technologies) has made some innovative plans for confronting the foulest problems from our industrialized world. Not only is the method environmentally responsible, but it unearths a potential energy source from waste products while reducing expensive liabilities. Hazardous, medical, radioactive, and even common garbage waste may soon become unlikely energy sources thanks to an revolutionary hearth developed by InEnTec called a Plasma Enhanced Melter (PEM).

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