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Water-Saving Pumps Made from Recycled Materials

Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Nep­tuno Pumps designs and man­u­fac­tures en­ergy- ef­fi­cient wa­ter-sav­ing pumps made from re­cycled ma­ter­i­als. Loc­ated in the driest place on Earth – the Atacama Desert in Chile – Nep­tuno Pumps designs and man­u­fac­tures re­cycled wa­ter pumps for the min­ing in­dustry. The com­pany pro­duces 60% of its pumps with reused and recycled …

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Scientists accidentally turn pollution into renewable energy

Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Scientists have accidentally discovered a way to reverse the combustion process, turning carbon dioxide back into a fuel. Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the US used complex nanotechnology techniques to turn the dissolved gas into ethanol. Because the materials used are relatively cheap, they believe the process could …

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Scotland region will be powered by kites

Posted on Thursday, October 13th, 2016

In parts of Scotland, one response to the need for renewable energy is to go fly a kite. No, really. In just under 10 years, kites will generate power for an entire region of Scotland, thanks to efforts by a British company named Kite Power Solutions. Kite Power Solutions will …

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THINK MAKE TANK: An idea must be experienced to become ones own

Posted on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Matter of Trust is the fiscal sponsor for TMT (THINK MAKE TANK) an artists’ collective founded in 2016 by Alex Nichols, Mushi and Qinmin Liu.  The TMT projects are characterized by the belief that an idea must be experienced to become one’s own. The goal of TMT is to involve …

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Vampire Trees

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Albino redwoods shouldn’t exist, but they do. Now a biologist finds a possible explanation in the tree network that thrives beneath the forest floor. Rare in their improbable shimmering white, albino redwoods defy the popular logic of trees. With a mere 406 of the apparitions flittering throughout California’s coastal forests, …

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Egyptian Village Goes Solar

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

KarmBuild‘s Tayebat Workers Village provides shelter for 350 people and was built with 90 percent local, natural materials including sandstone, which was used to construct the buildings. KarmBuild is the “only company in Egypt to integrate solar energy technology into a building’s design” and it did it in a seamless …

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Award-winning biodegradable agar packaging could replace plastic

Posted on Sunday, October 9th, 2016

A group of designers from Japan have created a prototype design that could completely change the way we deal with product packaging. The design group, AMAM, calls their project Agar Plasticity, which explores the use of a seaweed-derived substance called agar as a biodegradable substitute for conventional plastic packaging. The …

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Wind-powered Water Seer pulls 11 gallons of clean drinking water from thin air

Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2016

A new device that relies on simple condensation to collect clean water from the atmosphere promises to provide up to 11 gallons of safe drinking water without an external power source, greenhouse gas emissions, or adverse environmental impacts. What’s more, the innovative Water Seer collection device could potentially run forever, …

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These Portable Solar Panels Fit In A Bucket And Assemble In 2 Minutes

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Installing solar panels usually takes a couple of days and trained workers. But a new solar kit, designed for off-grid areas in rural Africa or Asia, can be set up in minutes with no instructions or tools. “Each cable can only attach in one way, so just simply by trial …

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Mark Shepard on Restoration Agriculture

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

One of the world’s foremost authorities on restoration agriculture, Mark Shepard is happy that its popularity is growing but worries that its systemic nature is being misunderstood or “much degraded.” Restoration agriculture calls for the re-imagination of agriculture in which perennial systems replace annual plantings and harvests that expire in …

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