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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 […]



’Venus Flytrap’ spheres catch and destroy BPA

November 1st, 2018 at 4:26 am » Comments Off

Scientists have created micron-sized spheres built to catch and destroy bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical used to make plastics. BPA is commonly used to coat the insides of food cans, bottle tops, and water supply lines, and was once a component of baby bottles. While BPA that seeps into food and drink is considered […]



Scientists create artificial wood that is water – and fire resistant

October 29th, 2018 at 8:11 am » Comments Off

The synthetic material is faster to make than natural wood. A new lightweight substance is as strong as wood yet lacks its standard vulnerabilities to fire and water. To create the synthetic wood, scientists took a solution of polymer resin and added a pinch of chitosan, a sugar polymer derived from the shells of shrimp […]



The world’s first hydrogen train is now in service

September 21st, 2018 at 10:37 am » Comments Off

  Two Coradia iLint trains have begun running a line in northern Germany. The world’s first (and second) hydrogen-powered trains have entered service in northern Germany, marking the start of a new era for sustainable travel. Two Coradia iLint trains, made by Alstom, have begun working the line between Cuxhaven and Buxtehude just west of […]



Wind-powered Water Seer pulls 11 gallons of clean drinking water from thin air

July 21st, 2018 at 10:42 am » Comments Off

A new device that relies on simple condensation to collect clean water from the atmosphere promises to provide up to 11 gallons of safe drinking water without an external power source, greenhouse gas emissions, or adverse environmental impacts. What’s more, the innovative Water Seer collection device could potentially run forever, gifting generations of people with […]



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