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Giving up gas: China’s Shenzhen switches to electric taxis

January 14th, 2019 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — One of China’s major cities has reached an environmental milestone: an almost entirely electric-powered taxi fleet. The high-tech hub of Shenzhen in southern China announced at the start of this year that 99 percent of the 21,689 taxis operating in the city were electric. Last year, it still had 7,500 gasoline-powered […]



Microorganisms that eat seaweed can create biodegradable plastic

January 6th, 2019 at 1:21 am » Comments Off

Ocean Of Opportunity Earth’s oceans contain tens of millions of tons of plastic pollution. But a new technique that creates biodegradable plastics out of seaweed could finally give the oceans relief. Bioplastics are plastics manufactured from biomass sources instead of fossil fuels. Many degrade far more quickly than traditional plastics, but creating them typically requires […]



Harbor town in Germany unveils urban- chic hostel made out of repurposed shipping containers

January 4th, 2019 at 11:12 am » Comments Off

  Berlin-based Holzer Kobler Architekturen and Kinzo Architekten have collaborated on Germany’s first upcycled hostel and its nothing short of spectacular. The Dock Inn is made out of multiple repurposed shipping containers that have been carved out to create 64 guest rooms which all feature a vibrant interior design that mixes urban chic with industrial […]



High-tech hemp homes: Australia’s 3D-printed green building revolution

December 18th, 2018 at 1:24 pm » Comments Off

A Dutch town will host the world’s first liveable 3D-homes, with residents set to move in next year. Photo: Project Milestone From 3D-printed buildings to hemp-panelled homes, a hi-tech green building revolution is under way across the globe. An Australian company has revealed plans to roll out 3D-printed hemp homes, thanks to pioneering technology that […]



Plastics recycled for use on roads

December 11th, 2018 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

As plastic increasingly chokes the world’s landfills, and China announced last year it didn’t want to buy recycled plastic anymore, the what to do with it all has become a pressing question. Why not recycle it and use it to build roads? Bound together with plastic polymers, the asphalt will be cheaper and last longer […]



Battery idea: Hydroelectric pumped storage, but with bricks

December 11th, 2018 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Company called Energy Vault has an agreement to build a pilot tower in India in 2019. A mock-up of what Energy Vault’s tower looks like. Energy Vault A company called Energy Vault has proposed a new utility-scale battery that is both old and new at the same time. The “battery” is mechanical, rather than chemical, […]



Natural gas firms have a proposal to convert home heating to hydrogen

December 7th, 2018 at 1:18 am » Comments Off

Three companies want to test out a pilot project in Northern England by 2028. Three natural gas distributors issued a report this week detailing plans to convert the UK’s residential gas system to a hydrogen delivery system. UK firms Northern Gas Networks and Cadent, as well as Norwegian gas firm Equinor, wrote that the proposal […]



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 […]



Novameat’s 3D-printed ‘steak’ looks gross, but could it save the planet?

November 27th, 2018 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

Does your mouth water at the prospect of a nice juicy steak? How about a nice juicy 3D-printed steak, made using a paste composed of vegetable-based materials like rice, peas, and seaweed? That’s what a new Spanish startup, Novameat, is working hard to bring to market. “I developed the first 3D-printed plant-based beefsteak while I […]



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 […]



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