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FinalStraw on’Shark Tank’: A look inside the first reusable straw

October 15th, 2018 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

FinalStraw is the world’s first collapsible, reusable straw. The product’s website boasts a mission to “reduce plastic straws use by giving you a convenient, collapsible, reusable alternative.” The product comes in a small and keychain-friendly container that allows you to bring FinalStraw with you wherever you go. It is also available in five different colors: […]



2 gonzo ideas for slowing down a hurricane that might actually work

October 11th, 2018 at 1:34 am » Comments Off

Scientists are looking into ways to weaken hurricanes early on. Hurricane Michael is expected to bring life-threatening winds and storm surge to Florida’s Gulf Coast. As heavy winds from Hurricane Michael begin to lash Florida’s Gulf Coast, forecasters are urging residents of the panhandle, Big Bend, and Nature Coast to prepare for life-threatening storm surge […]



This new Lithium battery tech can simply suck up CO2 to power itself

October 8th, 2018 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

We need this right now! Everybody knows the world’s got a serious carbon dioxide problem, but an ingenious and potentially cost-effective way of dealing with our surplus CO2 could provide the means of tomorrow’s battery technology. For years scientists have looked at ways of capturing carbon and storing it underground or even potentially in the […]



Software predicts landslides in weeks, not hours, in advance

August 30th, 2018 at 10:23 am » Comments Off

Researchers have developed a new software tool that predicts the boundaries of where landslides will occur two weeks before they happen. Landslides—masses of rock, earth, or debris moving down a slope—happen everywhere. The effect on communities, the economy, and most importantly, lives, can be devastating. A recent landslide at a jade mine in Myanmar, for […]



Drink that! An edible water orb

August 15th, 2018 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

Using reverse spherification, a biotech researcher in Bengaluru is making edible water orbs. Bengaluru-based biotechnology researcher Richard Gomes, who has created an “edible water orb” from natural materials, has a modest disclaimer: the technique used by his team is not unique or even particularly new; it’s used in many biotech labs to hold delicate cells […]



Amazing solar panel device is now open source

July 25th, 2018 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Anyone who has wanted to generate their own energy and filter their own water can now do so with an amazing open source device. Speaking on stage at Inspirefest 2018, Chinese-Canadian mechanical and electrical engineer Eden Full Goh described what inspired her to develop a cheap, easy-to-build solar panel device called the SunSaluter.



Dropcopter’s drones boost crop pollination by up to 60% in bad bee years

July 9th, 2018 at 10:09 am » Comments Off

The Dropcopter drone is designed to pollen-bomb rows of crops following a pre-programmed route A large percentage of the world’s food production relies on bee pollination, but what do we do when the bees can’t be relied on? US startup Dropcopter has just demonstrated that it can deliver a 25 to 60 percent boost in […]



Florida’s ‘city of the future’ is first solar-powered town in America

June 9th, 2018 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

Developers hope Babcock Ranch will become America’s first self-sustaining city; Phil Keating reports on the progress.Video America’s first solar community coming to life in Florida Developers hope Babcock Ranch will become America’s first self-sustaining city; Phil Keating reports on the progress.



Pioneering ‘liquid air’ project can help store excess electricity

June 7th, 2018 at 7:52 am » Comments Off

A pioneering project in north-west England will turn air into liquid for energy storage to help electricity grids cope with a growing amount of wind and solar power. The world’s first full-scale “liquid air” plant is based on a technology that advocates say is cheaper and able to provide power for longer periods than lithium-ion […]



Electric vehicles begin to bite into oil demand

May 28th, 2018 at 9:40 am » Comments Off

Employees work on the assembly line of the electric bus at a BYD’s production base on January 23, 2018 in Xi’an, China. China’s largest electric carmaker BYD sold 113,669 new energy vehicles in 2017, up 13.4 percent year-on-year. (Photo by VCG/Getty Images) Projections have suggested that the advent of electric vehicles will have a dramatic […]



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