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Hydrogel uses sunlight to harvest fresh water from the sea

July 22nd, 2019 at 12:42 am » Comments Off

The research team (led by Tan Swee Ching, at right) with samples of the hydrogel In many arid coastal regions, a great quantity of valuable fresh water is lost into the atmosphere every day, as it evaporates from the surface of the ocean. This situation prompted scientists to create a new hydrogel that’s highly effective […]



Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs unveils its high-tech ‘city-within-a-city’ plan for Toronto

July 14th, 2019 at 3:40 am » Comments Off

Sidewalk Labs says it will spend $1.3 billion on the project in the hopes of spurring $38 billion in private sector investment by 2040  Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet’s smart city subsidiary, released its massive plan Monday to transform a slice of Toronto’s waterfront into a high-tech utopia. Eighteen months in the making and clocking in at […]



This fully biodegradable “leather” is welded together from waste

July 14th, 2019 at 3:36 am » Comments Off

    This fully biodegradable “leather” is welded together from waste Mirum is the latest entry in the attempt to make a cheap, sustainable cow-free leather. Vegan leather shoes are typically made from plastics like polyurethane–so even though they might avoid the carbon footprint and animal welfare issues of raising cattle, they aren’t exactly environmentally […]



New unprinting method can help recycle paper and curb environmental costs

July 12th, 2019 at 3:12 am » Comments Off

A new way to unprint paper using intense pulsed light from a xenon lamp. Imagine if your printer had an “unprint” button that used pulses of light to remove toner—and thereby quintupled the lifespan of recycled paper. A Rutgers-led team has created a new way to unprint paper that, unlike laser-based methods, can work with […]



Britain generating more electricity from zero carbon than fossil fuels for first time since industrial revolution

July 7th, 2019 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

Wind turbines on the west coast of cumbria near workington, Cumbria, Uk, with a flock of Herring Gulls flying past. The figures were described as a landmark tipping point. Britain is generating more of its energy from zero carbon sources than fossil fuels for the first time since the industrial revolution in a landmark tipping […]



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