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The world’s largest artificial sun could fry any living thing in an instant

Posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017

Scientists in Germany recently turned on the “world’s largest artificial sun” a device made up of 149 Xenon short-arc lamps that can create about 10,000 times the amount of solar radiation we get on Earth. That’s enough to melt metal or fry pretty much any living thing. Luckily, researchers don’t plan on …

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Artificial photosynthesis achieved in device that also cleans the air

Posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017

Device works in a similar way to how plants convert carbon dioxide and sunlight into food (Photo: Bernard Wilchusky/UCF) University of Central Florida chemistry professor Fernando Uribe-Romo has finally achieved what scientists around the world have been attempting for years: a device that triggers artificial photosynthesis in a synthetic material, …

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Meet the visionary who restored 5,500 acres of wrecked Texas land to paradise

Posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017

Fifty years ago, the wildly inspiring David Bamberger bought the worst land he could find with the aim of bringing it back to thriving life. Although David Bamberger was born into poverty, he went on to become an immensely successful fast food tycoon before cashing in his chips and assuming …

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Solar-powered Trashpresso converts plastic and fabric waste into floor tiles

Posted on Friday, April 28th, 2017

A 40-foot shipping container platform holds a complete mobile waste recycling plant capable of upcycling plastic and fabric waste into architectural tiles. Dealing with recyclable materials in the developed world, which often has a recycling infrastructure in place, isn’t nearly as difficult as dealing with waste in off-grid and remote …

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Are Artificial Trees the Future of Renewable Energy?

Posted on Thursday, April 27th, 2017

In 2007, Eric Henderson watched the heart-shaped leaves of a redbud rustle in the wind outside of his home in Iowa. A gust came through, whipping around the tree’s branches, causing the leaves to oscillate in the turbulent stream of air. “And that got me thinking,” he says. Henderson, a …

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How to Pull Water Out of Thin Air, Even in the Driest Parts of the Globe

Posted on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Scientists have developed a device that can suck water out of desert skies, powered by sunlight alone. They hope that a version of the technology could eventually supply clean drinking water in some of the driest and poorest parts of the globe. The device is based on a novel material …

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Waterlily turbine powers your outdoor adventures with wind and water

Posted on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

There is no shortage of great off-grid renewable power sources for your outdoor adventures from rugged solar chargers to the famous BioLite stove that charges your gadgets as you cook, but it’s always fun to see new inventions that let us get away from the real world while still staying …

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Manchester researcher helping to tackle the world’s water challenges

Posted on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

A researcher from The University of Manchester has developed a free tool to help scientists and policymakers to manage agricultural water use and improve crop water productivity in regions where supply is scarce. Globally, there are growing demands to produce more food with less pressure on water resources and the …

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Greening industry, saving water in North Africa

Posted on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Igor Volodin introduces a programme demonstrating the benefits of adopting best available techniques, cleaner production technology, and appropriate environmental management and accounting practices Green industry is an approach that realizes the potential for industries to decouple economic growth from excessive and increasing resource use, thereby reducing pollution and generating additional revenues. …

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Water Use Efficiency in Action

Posted on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Bracing for the scorching July heat in Pakistan, thirty-five-year-old Tehmina stands barefoot for eight to twelve hours a day transplanting rice seedlings in the paddies of Punjab Province. Her two daughters, ages fourteen and twelve, work at her side in the humid conditions while her three younger children, ages five, …

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