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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 […]



‘LarvalBot’ underwater drone will reseed coral reefs damaged by climate change

November 14th, 2018 at 1:20 am » Comments Off

  Since August 2018, the Great Barrier Reef in the ocean off Australia has had a special protector — an autonomous underwater drone called RangerBot that has monitored the status of the reef and protected the corals from the predatory crown-of-thorns starfish. But now researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia have announced that […]



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 […]



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