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Make like a leaf: Researchers developing method to convert carbon dioxide

October 11th, 2019 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Professor Jun Huang from the University of Sydney’s School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is developing a carbon capture method that aims to go one step beyond storage, instead converting and recycling carbon dioxide (CO2) into raw materials that can be used to create fuels and chemicals. “Drawing inspiration from leaves and plants, we have […]



This brilliant hydroponic system puts a whole garden on your countertop

August 30th, 2019 at 12:18 am » Comments Off

Growing your own food is one of life’s great pleasures—plus it’s good for you and for the environment. But in increasingly tight, urban homes, we don’t all have room for gardens. And hydroponic systems, as appealing as they may be, often appear to be a whole lot of hardware for only a bit of actual […]



Giant shipper bets big on ending its carbon emissions. Will it pay off ?

July 28th, 2019 at 2:04 am » Comments Off

The Danish company Maersk has been shipping goods around the world since the age of steamships. Now it wants to usher in a new era, with carbon neutral transport. Maersk — the world’s largest container shipping company — has an astonishing goal. By 2050, the company vows to send goods — everything from electronics to […]



This cool artificial reef was just deployed in Sydney Harbor

June 29th, 2019 at 6:08 am » Comments Off

Earth’s oceans have seen better days. They’re inundated with plastic waste, both whole single-use plastics and tons of plastic microparticles that find their way back into our food and drinking water. Their water temperatures are rising due to climate change, causing coral bleaching and other harmful phenomena. Overfishing has depleted multiple marine species. Organizations and […]



Solar-powered moisture harvester collects and cleans water from air

March 22nd, 2019 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

Access to clean water remains one of the biggest challenges facing humankind. A breakthrough by engineers at The University of Texas at Austin may offer a new solution through solar-powered technology that absorbs moisture from the air and returns it as clean, usable water. The breakthrough, described in a recent issue of the journal Advanced […]



Microorganisms that eat seaweed can create biodegradable plastic

January 6th, 2019 at 1:21 am » Comments Off

Ocean Of Opportunity Earth’s oceans contain tens of millions of tons of plastic pollution. But a new technique that creates biodegradable plastics out of seaweed could finally give the oceans relief. Bioplastics are plastics manufactured from biomass sources instead of fossil fuels. Many degrade far more quickly than traditional plastics, but creating them typically requires […]



Why sun-grown cannabis will make the marijuana industry greener and richer

November 27th, 2018 at 1:22 pm » Comments Off

The future of cannabis cultivation isn’t in massive grow facilities with high-tech lights and complex temperature control systems. It’s out in the open air, according to proponents of the sun-grown movement. The sun-grown movement is being led by companies like Flow Kana, who consider outdoor cultivation essential to the sustainability of the cannabis industry. Embracing […]



World-first: Bio-bricks made from urine

November 23rd, 2018 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

The world’s first bio-brick made using human urine was unveiled at UCT this week. In picture are (from left) the Department of Civil Engineering’s Dr Dyllon Randall and his students, Vukheta Mukhari and Suzanne Lambert. The world’s first bio-brick grown from human urine has been unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) master’s student in […]



‘LarvalBot’ underwater drone will reseed coral reefs damaged by climate change

November 14th, 2018 at 1:20 am » Comments Off

  Since August 2018, the Great Barrier Reef in the ocean off Australia has had a special protector — an autonomous underwater drone called RangerBot that has monitored the status of the reef and protected the corals from the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish. But now researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia have announced that […]



How Bill Gates aims to save $233 billion by reinventing the toilet

November 13th, 2018 at 11:56 am » Comments Off

Gates Foundation spent $200 million funding toilet research LIXIL is among companies drawn to potential $6 billion market Bill Gates thinks toilets are a serious business, and he’s betting big that a reinvention of this most essential of conveniences can save a half million lives and deliver $200 billion-plus in savings. The billionaire philanthropist, whose […]



Can mushrooms be the platform we build the future on?

November 11th, 2018 at 6:40 pm » Comments Off

Ecovative thinks it can use mycelia, the hair-like network of cells that grows in mushrooms, to help build everything from lab-grown meat to 3D-printed organs to biofabricated leather. Can mushrooms be the platform we build the future on? When the first bioreactor-grown “clean meat” shows up in restaurants–perhaps by the end of this year–it’s likely […]



GM is getting into the electric bike business

November 8th, 2018 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

General Motors said it plans to bring two new electric bikes to market next year — one folding and one compact — as the automaker makes a broader push into electrification and other ideas that try to move beyond its traditional business model of producing and selling gas-power vehicles. The automaker didn’t have a lot […]



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