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Can mushrooms be the platform we build the future on?

November 11th, 2018 at 6:40 pm » Comments Off

Ecovative thinks it can use mycelia, the hair-like network of cells that grows in mushrooms, to help build everything from lab-grown meat to 3D-printed organs to biofabricated leather. Can mushrooms be the platform we build the future on? When the first bioreactor-grown “clean meat” shows up in restaurants–perhaps by the end of this year–it’s likely […]



This super-reflective coating keeps buildings cool so we don’t need as much AC

October 3rd, 2018 at 9:54 am » Comments Off

Buildings are already being painted white to help keep them cool. As temperatures increase, this new addition to the paint could help lower our massive air conditioning energy use. One of the ironies of climate change is that as heat waves become more common, people use more air conditioning–and those air conditioners help drive more […]



World’s first floating dairy farm could be wave of the future

September 4th, 2018 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

Floating farm project leader Mink van Wingerden beside the floating dairy farm plaform being built at Merwehaven in the Dutch city of Rotterdam. “It’s a logical step to produce fresh food on the water.” You’ve heard of offshore drilling platforms and offshore wind farms. Now a Dutch company is developing what’s being called the world’s […]



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 […]



This lab-grown beef will be in restaurants in 3 years

July 20th, 2018 at 9:50 am » Comments Off

Mosa Meat has raised a round of venture capital and plans of bringing $10 burgers (without any cows involved) to tables by 2018. This lab-grown beef will be in restaurants in 3 years When the Dutch stem-cell researcher Mark Post unveiled the first lab-grown burger in 2013–handmade fiber-by-fiber from cow cells in petri dishes–he announced […]



Can 3D printed homes solve the urban housing crisis?

July 4th, 2018 at 8:49 am » Comments Off

Building houses is massively wasteful. During the construction process, building projects accumulate giant piles of garbage from off-cuts of lumber and drywall to pallets that carry materials and the packaging they come in. And once operating, homes consume huge amounts of energy. “It turns out if you triage the world and you ask where are […]



Tesla bids for a new world’s largest Powerpack battery system in Colorado

March 23rd, 2018 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

After breaking a few energy storage records with its battery system projects in Australia, Tesla looks to come back to the US to build a new world’s largest Powerpack battery system in Colorado. Earlier this year, we reported on Xcel Energy, an electric utility company operating across the Midwest, Colorado and several other states, requesting […]



A device that turns currents into electricity could make tidal energy a reality

October 25th, 2017 at 9:51 am » Comments Off

There’s no doubt that tidal power is severely lagging behind other forms of renewable energy like wind and solar power. However, as two-thirds of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, we’d be crazy not to try and harness energy from water that’s continuously in motion.



Tarzan the swinging robot could be the future of farming

May 4th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Some farmers already use drones to monitor their crops, but a team of researchers from Georgia Tech have created a far more interesting alternative. Instead of designing yet another drone, they created a robot inspired by Kristen Bell’s favorite animal: the sloth. However, they named it “Tarzan” after the most recognizable character who moves by swinging from vine […]



Ikea just launched a DIY flat-pack indoor garden that can feed a whole lot of people at once

March 10th, 2017 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

Swedish architects Mads-Ulrik Husum and Sine Lindholm collaborated with Space10, Ikea’s innovation lab, to design a piece of living furniture that can feed quite a few people, from the looks of it. Called the Growroom, it’s a flat-pack spherical garden that grows plants, veggies, and herbs. “Standing tall as a spherical garden, it empowers people to grow […]



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