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Undersea basecamp for ocean explorers

February 2nd, 2019 at 12:43 pm » Comments Off

New submersible “tent” lets divers nap, eat, and decompress beneath the waves SINCE THE DAWN of the modern SCUBA age ushered in by Jacques Cousteau in the early 1940s, ocean explorers have been seeking new ways to stay under the sea for longer stretches. Restricted by tank size and human physiology under pressure, SCUBA divers […]



Why Palladium’s suddenly an especially precious metal

January 2nd, 2019 at 11:26 am » Comments Off

  For the first time in more than a decade, palladium is rivaling gold in value. A key component in pollution-control devices for cars and trucks, the metal’s price has surged as much as 50 percent in about four months, making it at times more expensive than gold. The rally shows few signs of fizzling.



Earth’s mysterious ‘deep biosphere’ may harbor millions of undiscovered species

December 19th, 2018 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

Scientists say the underground ecosystems are a “subterranean Galapagos” just waiting to be studied. This unidentified nematode from the Kopanang gold mine in South Africa lives 1.4 kilometers below the surface.Gaetan Borgonie / Extreme Life Isyensya, Belgium Life on Earth takes billions of shapes, but to see most of them you’ll have to dig deep […]



’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 […]



Carbon dioxide fertilization greening earth, study finds

October 27th, 2018 at 10:19 am » Comments Off

From a quarter to half of Earth’s vegetated lands has shown significant greening over the last 35 years largely due to rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on April 25. An international team of 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries led […]



Ocean plastic is a huge problem. Blockchain could be part of the solution.

October 26th, 2018 at 9:59 am » Comments Off

It’s all about stopping the flow of plastic into the marine environment. Plastic Bank uses blockchain and cryptocurrency technology to give people living in impoverished areas an incentive to recycle. The world’s oceans are awash in plastic, and the problem is only getting worse. Each year, 8 million metric tons of plastic debris ends up […]



This country is the first in the world to offer free public transit

October 22nd, 2018 at 6:58 am » Comments Off

“There’s no doubt that we not only cover the costs, but also come out with a surplus.” Estonia made waves in 2014 for becoming the first country to offer digital citizenship and for using blockchain technology to transform civic life. Now the country is improving the physical experience of being a citizen by offering free […]



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 […]



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