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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 […]



These tree-planting drones are firing ‘seed missiles’ into the ground. Less than a year later, they’re already 20 inches tall.

October 1st, 2019 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

 Technology is the single greatest contributor to climate change but it may also soon be used to offset the damage we’ve done to our planet since the Industrial Age began. In September 2018, a project in Myanmar used drones to fire “seed missiles” into remote areas of the country where trees were not growing. Less […]



A fire lookout on what’s lost in a transition to technology

September 25th, 2019 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

  A single tree burns in southwest New Mexico after a lightning strike. For more than 100 years, the U.S. Forest Service has been posting men and women atop mountains and trees, and in other hard-to-reach places, to wait and watch for smoke. Can you see it? The fire in the photo above? A single […]



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