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This leaf-shaped bottle cap condenses and collects atmospheric moisture, turning it into drinking water

January 7th, 2020 at 10:01 pm » Comments Off

Designed to magically ‘turn air into water’, the Limbe is a new sort of dehumidifier that works without electricity, giving its user access to drinking water throughout the day. Its unique leaf-inspired design harks back to how water droplets condense on the surface of leaves, while its 3D printed intricate PET structure helps guide those […]



5 bold urban design projects that made cities more fun, clean, and accessible in 2019

January 3rd, 2020 at 11:03 am » Comments Off

Cities can get rid of cars—and build urban ski slopes. You may think the only changes to cities have been negative ones, and yes, urban areas have certainly seen increased traffic and heightened housing problems, but plenty of places have also debuted new features that aim to make a positive impact. Whether adapting to climate […]



Scientists used loudspeakers to make dead coral reefs sound healthy. Fish flocked to them.

December 14th, 2019 at 1:26 pm » Comments Off

A mass coral spawning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on Nov. 16. Derek Hawkins The desperate search for ways to help the world’s coral reefs rebound from the devastating effects of climate change has given rise to some radical solutions. In the Caribbean, researchers are cultivating coral “nurseries” so they can reimplant fresh coral on […]



Why the world is running out of sand

November 25th, 2019 at 5:05 pm » Comments Off

It may be little more than grains of weathered rock, and can be found in deserts and on beaches around the world, but sand is also the world’s second most consumed natural resource. A South African entrepreneur shot dead in September. Two Indian villagers killed in a gun battle in August. A Mexican environmental activist […]



Large ‘Tesla ships’ all-electric container barges are launching this autumn

November 23rd, 2019 at 12:45 pm » Comments Off

The Dutch company Port-Liner is building two giant all-electric barges dubbed the ‘Tesla ships‘. The company announced that the vessels will be ready by this autumn and will be inaugurated by sailing the Wilhelmina canal in the Netherlands. The 100 million-euro project supported by a €7m subsidy from the European Union is expected to have […]



How cheap robots are transforming ocean exploration

November 16th, 2019 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

Backed by billionaire philanthropists and Silicon Valley venture capitalists, a wave of entrepreneurs are developing high-tech, low-cost technologies to probe the watery realms we still barely understand. Are the oceans finally getting their moon-shot moment? The robot was born out of a treasure hunt. It all started in 2010, when Eric Stackpole was a promising […]



Guess which company was just crowned the world’s biggest plastic polluter (Again)

November 9th, 2019 at 3:29 am » Comments Off

On one day in September, people from over 50 countries decided to do something about our plastic problem. Together, they picked up almost half a million pieces of plastic garbage littering the planet. Over 40 percent of this mountain of trash was still clearly identifiable by brand, and one producer’s trash in particular was picked […]



In this “biorecycling” factory, enzymes perfectly break down plastic so it can be used again

October 27th, 2019 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

In this “biorecycling” factory, enzymes perfectly break down plastic so it can be used again  The process lets any plastic—say a polyester shirt—be recycled into any other plastic (like a clear water bottle). It could fundamentally change the market for recycling. Inside a bioreactor in the laboratory of the France-based startup Carbios, pulverized PET plastic […]



Why Everything Is Getting Louder

October 16th, 2019 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

  The tech industry is producing a rising din. Our bodies can’t adapt. Karthic thallikar first noticed the noise sometime in late 2014, back when he still enjoyed taking walks around his neighborhood. He’d been living with his wife and two kids in the Brittany Heights subdivision in Chandler, Arizona, for two years by then, […]



Envisioning and designing a floating future

October 13th, 2019 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

  A prototype deployed in San Francisco Bay may signal what’s to come: floating buildings, or whole communities, built to withstand sea-level rise. ON AN August day that is brutally hot by San Francisco’s foggy standards, Margaret Ikeda and Evan Jones, architecture faculty at the California College of the Arts (CCA), are on one of […]



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 […]



A floating device created to clean up plastic from the ocean is finally doing its job, organizers say

October 8th, 2019 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

The Ocean Cleanup’s System 001/B collects and holds plastic until a ship can collect it. Could this giant floating pipe clean up 90% of ocean plastic? (CNN)A huge trash-collecting system designed to clean up plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean is finally picking up plastic, its inventor announced Wednesday. The Netherlands-based nonprofit the Ocean Cleanup […]



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