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Water-based AC cools the air without using harmful chemicals

Posted on Friday, January 19th, 2018

Our air conditioners still draw on principles that are around 100-years-old, sucking up power in the process. Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are working on an alternative: water-based air conditioners. Their system doesn’t need energy-intensive compressors or harmful chemical refrigerants – and can cool air all the way down to 18 degrees Celsius, or 64.4 …

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Photosynthesis and Organic Matter

Posted on Friday, January 19th, 2018


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Why Urban Farming Is Key in the Fight Against Hunger and Climate Change

Posted on Friday, January 19th, 2018

The urban farms sprouting up and across cities around the world aren’t just feeding mouths—they are “critical to survival” and a “necessary adaptation” for developing regions and a changing climate, according to a new study. Urban farms—which include plain old allotments, indoor vertical farms and rooftop gardens nestled amongst busy streets and skyscrapers—have become increasingly popular and important …

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24-year-old Yemeni engineer invents mini biogas plant that turns trash to fuel

Posted on Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Growing up in Al-Harrah, a small village in west-central Yemen, Omer Badokhon watched his mother cooking for hours at a time in a smoke-filled kitchen. Now the chemical engineering graduate hopes a small-scale biogas system he has invented can tackle unhealthy indoor pollution in his war-torn country. Last February, the …

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China builds ‘world’s biggest air purifier’

Posted on Thursday, January 18th, 2018

An experimental tower over 100 metres (328 feet) high in northern China – dubbed the world’s biggest air purifier by its operators – has brought a noticeable improvement in air quality, according to the scientist leading the project, as authorities seek ways to tackle the nation’s chronic smog problem. The …

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Japanese train barks like a dog to prevent accidents

Posted on Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Researchers in Japan have fitted a train with a speaker that barks like a dog and snorts like a deer in order to prevent collisions on the railway. Tokyo’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper reports that the combination of sounds is designed to scare deer away from the tracks in a bid to reduce …

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Electric Eels Inspire a New Type of Battery

Posted on Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Electric eels, which slither along the muddy bottoms of ponds and streams in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins of South America, can cause a shock powerful enough to knock a horse off its feet. Their power comes from cells called electrocytes that discharge when the eel is hunting or feels …

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The Enverge is a deadly looking electric car from a company you’ve never heard of

Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

You probably haven’t heard of GAC, the Chinese automaker with big designs on the US market. At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, GAC is seeking to up its profile in advance of its 2019 US launch with — what else? — an eye-catching, futuristic, mostly irrational electric car …

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This AA Battery Sucks Power Right Out of the Air

Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

After covering CES for 10 years, nothing I’ve seen at the show has me as excited about the future as Ossia’s wireless charging technology. The company’s developed a way to deliver power to your gadgets the same way internet is delivered by wi-fi, and one of the first real-world applications of …

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Forest Gardening With Space for Wild Elephants

Posted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

In my collaboration with Terra Genesis International, I have been given space and support to investigate what we may call “Regenerative Pathways,” looking at real life examples of functional farming systems that we can identify as being on the “Regenerative Agriculture Pathway.” While these farms/farming systems might be called “Regenerative …

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