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This countertop machine lets you mix your own shampoo and cleaning products at home

May 21st, 2019 at 11:10 am » Comments Off

  It’s like a Soda Stream for personal care products. It looks a little like a SodaStream, but a new appliance is designed to make your shampoo or laundry detergent, not drinks. Instead of buying products in new plastic bottles with every purchase, the system uses small pouches and reusable bottles. “We wanted to harness […]



Why new solar installations will reach a breakneck pace by 2025

May 21st, 2019 at 11:06 am » Comments Off

  The rise is set to continue. Solar power is about to reach an inflection point. A new report released on Thursday claims that installations in the United States will double in just four years’ time, thanks largely to developments in California, which accounted for around half of all installations. This estimate is from the […]



These “biosolar panels” suck CO2 from the air to grow edible algae

May 12th, 2019 at 2:10 am » Comments Off

In London, scientists are testing the “BioSolar Leaf,” which uses carbon-hungry organisms to help clean the air better than trees can–all while providing an excellent source of protein. At Imperial College London’s new campus in West London, some rooftops will soon hold bright green “biosolar” panels covered with algae. The plants suck carbon dioxide out […]



Maine passes the U.S.’s first state ban on foam food packaging

May 11th, 2019 at 2:00 am » Comments Off

The state joins several U.S. cities and counties in restricting the containers in an effort to reduce waste. This article was created in partnership with the National Geographic Society. Maine has joined a growing list of states, cities, and counties, including 14 towns in Maine, to ban foam food containers in an effort to reduce […]



Radical desalination approach may disrupt the water industry

May 9th, 2019 at 10:19 am » Comments Off

Illustration describing fresh water production from hypersaline brines by temperature swing solvent extraction. Hypersaline brines—water that contains high concentrations of dissolved salts and whose saline levels are higher than ocean water—are a growing environmental concern around the world. Very challenging and costly to treat, they result from water produced during oil and gas production, inland […]



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