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These amazing zero-waste buildings were grown from mushrooms

Posted on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Could the buildings of the future be grown instead of built? Brunel University student Aleksi Vesaluoma has found a way to grow living structures using mushroom mycelium. Vesaluoma worked with architecture firm Astudio to create these Grown Structures, which offer a waste-free, organic alternative to conventional construction materials […]

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How Algae Can Help Sweden Eliminate Carbon Emissions

Posted on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Algae is often considered a nuisance, but for Sweden, the rapidly growing sea plant is now an asset. As the Scandinavian country works to cut all of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, it’s using algae to sop up the carbon emissions from cement. Cement production, it turns out, is …

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Tour the World’s Largest Indoor Vertical Farm

Posted on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Check out this great 360° virtual reality video by NowThis on the world’s largest indoor vertical farm, AeroFarms. Located in Newark, New Jersey, AeroFarms grows more than 2 million pounds of greens a year without sunlight, soil or pesticides.

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Meet the Ice Man of ladakh who has Created 12 artificial glaciers

Posted on Friday, June 23rd, 2017

81-year-old Chewang Norphel was born to a middle-class family in Leh, Ladakh. After completing a diploma course in civil engineering from Lucknow, Chewang worked for the rural development department of Jammu and Kashmir for 35 years, before he ‘officially’ retired in 1995. His work, however, continues even today. “There is …

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Germany’s gorgeous Black Forest named UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Posted on Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Photo: Baciu/Shutterstock UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme gives biosphere reserve status to locations that are great examples of balanced relationships between people and their environment, where economic development is carefully linked to stewardship of the ecosystem. Last week, the program added 23 new sites to its list of biosphere …

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Your sweat may soon power your smartphone

Posted on Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Scientists have created a skin patch that can power a radio for two days using human sweat, and may eventually be used to charge mobile devices while people are out for a run. (Image: Reuters) Scientists have created a skin patch that can power a radio for two days using …

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Costa Rica’s Savegre River joins network of biosphere reserves

Posted on Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Photo: Tim Zurowski/Shutterstock Last week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization added 23 new sites to its World Network of Biospheres. These locations are intended to be “learning places for sustainable development whose aim is to reconcile biodiversity conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources,” according to …

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New technology quickly turns food waste into fuel

Posted on Friday, June 23rd, 2017

CC BY 2.0 Nick Saltmarsh A new technique for turning food waste into a source of energy uses a two step process that extracts all of the energy from the waste and does so quickly. Researchers at Cornell University have discovered this new process to harness energy that is much …

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A State in India Has Turned 1,600 Tons of Plastic Trash Into 620 Miles of Road

Posted on Friday, June 23rd, 2017

In light of the current plastic waste crisis, recycling and reusing this omnipresent, but threatening, material is one of the biggest tactics we can use to lower the amount of waste floating around the environment. A number of initiatives determined to use plastic in the most effective and innovative ways …

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How a ‘spider’ could keep an airship airworthy

Posted on Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

A device which can help repair holes in airships has been developed by Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works. Known as a “spider”, one half the device is located on the outside of the airship while the other half is on the inside. As they move together, the spider on the outside …

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