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This 3D printed house reduces carbon emissions and takes 48 hours to build!

June 21st, 2020 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

The construction industry contributes to 39% of global carbon emissions while aviation contributes to only 2% which means we need to look for alternative building materials if we are to make a big impact on the climate crisis soon. We’ve seen buildings being made using mushrooms, bricks made from recycled plastic and sand waste, organic […]



These hungry superworms happily munch through plastic

June 19th, 2020 at 2:23 pm » Comments Off

  A superworm can eat about eight times more than other plastic-ingesting insects. Recycling seems like a simple cure for our plastic addiction: just take the plastic we have and make it into new items. But problems abound. Current technology mostly creates plastic of a lower quality than it was before, many types of plastic […]



Japan to build world’s first all-electric tanker equipped with li-ion batteries

June 7th, 2020 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

Japanese shipping company Asahi Tanker has announced it plans to build two “world first” zero-emission electric propulsion tankers which will be powered by lithium-ion batteries. The little that is known about the details is available only through what appears to be a shaky English translation. But it does give the specifications of the two new […]



These drones will plant 40,000 trees in a month. By 2028, they’ll have planted 1 billion

June 2nd, 2020 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

One of Flash Forest’s prototype drones. We need to massively reforest the planet, in a very short period of time. Flash Forest’s drones can plant trees a lot faster than humans. This week, on land north of Toronto that previously burned in a wildfire, drones are hovering over fields and firing seed pods into the […]



A no-brainer stimulus idea: Electrify USPS mail trucks

May 26th, 2020 at 9:27 am » Comments Off

Electric vehicles for the US Postal Service would reduce noise, air, and carbon pollution in every community. With the US trapped in a historic lockdown, everyone agrees that enormous federal spending is necessary to keep the economy going over the next year and beyond — and everyone has their own ideas about how, exactly, that […]



Why Coronavirus will Accelerate the Fourth Industrial Revolution

May 11th, 2020 at 12:59 pm » Comments Off

The pandemic’s silver lining is the chance to experiment with technologies and co-operative approaches across borders that could lead to safer, more sustainable and more inclusive global futures. The theory of punctuated equilibrium, proposed in 1972 by biologists Stephen Jay Gould and Niles Eldredge, holds that populations of living organisms tend to experience a significant […]



Fusion energy gets ready to shine – finally

May 7th, 2020 at 11:06 am » Comments Off

Three decades and $23.7 billion later, the 25,000-ton International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor is close to becoming something like the sun. UNTIL 1920, HUMANS had no real sense of how the sun and stars create their vast amounts of energy. Then, in October of that year, Arthur Stanley Eddington, an English astrophysicist, penned an essay elegantly […]



Total emissions from EVs undercut ICE cars in 95% of the world

March 29th, 2020 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

A new study claims that EVs are better for the environment than gasoline-powered vehicles in 95 percent of the world  Comparing the eco-credentials of electric cars and their gasoline-powered counterparts isn’t as simple as counting the carbon emissions coming (or not) from the tailpipe. New research is claiming to have settled the debate once and […]



Case unveils all-electric backhoe with 90% lower cost of operation

March 24th, 2020 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

Electrification goes beyond the passenger car industry and it is now starting to take hold in the construction equipment industry. Case, one of the largest construction equipment companies, has unveiled a new all-electric backhoe, which it claims has up to 90% lower cost of operation. The company says that the new vehicle, the CASE 580 […]



Smile, the new Microlino and Microletta electrics are here

March 22nd, 2020 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

Microlino 2.0 electric microcar and Microletta e-trike for Europe What you’re looking at is the Microlino 2.0 electric microcar and Microletta electric trike from Switzerland’s Micro Mobility Systems. The Microlino is a complete redesign of the original concept revealed in 2015, and demonstrated today for the first time in public. Unfortunately, the event had to […]



Silent Yachts debuts a new triple-deck version of its dead-quiet solar-powered catamaran

March 10th, 2020 at 6:05 pm » Comments Off

Silent 80 Tri Deck Silent Yachts It’s been touted as the builder’s “most spacious model to date.” After making a major splash in the marine world earlier this year, Silent Yachts is doubling down—or tripling, perhaps—on its groundbreaking solar-powered catamaran. The Austrian-based builder has just unveiled a brand-new tri-deck version of its flagship Silent 80 […]



The Gruzovikus self-driving freight tractor is almost too beautiful for words

March 9th, 2020 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

Art Lebedev Studio’s Gruzovikus concept truck: fully electric, fully autonomous, extremely beautiful You don’t normally think of freight tractors in terms of visual appeal: they are enormous machines meant to haul stuff all across the world, so whether they’re pretty or not is of no consequence. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t be pretty, […]



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