Butterfly wings inspire a better way to absorb light in solar panels

Posted on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 by

The wings of a butterfly have inspired a new type of solar cell that can harvest light twice as efficiently as before and could one day improve our solar panels. Solar panels are usually made of thick solar cells, and are positioned at an angle to get the most amount of light from the sun […]

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Sowing seeds, connecting to nature

Posted on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 by

From golden sand dunes rising along the Lake Michigan shoreline to vibrant prairies bustling with the songs of migratory birds, my job as a community stewardship manager in Chicago always reminds me that the seeds you sow can have unexpected — and sometimes incredible — results. Take, for example, Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood, which […]

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Living shorelines

Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 by

New Orleans is preparing for storm surges by creating a series of wetland terraces that will absorb floodwater from neighboring streets. The state of Louisiana is working to resurrect coastal wetlands around the Big Easy that have been lost to the sea. These structures will supplement the city’s system of levees and canals. Natural structures […]

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Unlocking Nature’s Secrets Will Help Us Solve The Climate Crisis

Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 by

RESTORATION is the fourth film in Green World Rising, ( http://www.greenworldrising.org ) a series of films aimed at moving the climate debate forward. The film focuses on how nature can protect the Earth from the harmful effects of climate change and how industrial design and science researchers can learn valuable lessons from natural systems. “When we […]

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New species of metal-munching plant found in Philippines

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014 by

Scientists in the Philippines have discovered a plant that can absorb large amounts of metal without itself being poisoned, a species called the Rinorea niccolifera, that can be used to clean up polluted soils and harvest commercially viable metals. The plant is one of only 450 species, […]

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How to attract hummingbirds to your yard

Posted on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by

What is a hummingbird habitat? A hummingbird habitat consists of flowers, shrubs and trees that produce nectar and, ideally, a mist-type water feature. Nectar is a liquid rich in sugar that attracts various pollinators, such as bees, moths and hummingbirds. A hummingbird habitat is different from a garden because a habitat provides a place for […]

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Keep the Bees Buzzing!

Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 by

Here at Matter of Trust we are always looking for new information as to what each and every one of us can do to support our environment! After the recent bumble bee catastrophe in Oregon it is important for all of us to be conscientious about what we can do to keep bumble bees alive […]

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Grocery Chains “Swimming” towards Sustainable Practices!

Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 by

Information about what we eat can be so complicated, just walking through the grocery store it is often impossible to tell what kind of ingredients are in the food we eat, what farming practices were used, what chemicals are present, if it was naturally grown, farmed, or lab-produced, what the environmental impact was, what the […]

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Artist converts vintage suitcases into ‘Nest Colonies’

Posted on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 by

Many a vintage store has an old suitcase or two in stock, and while we’ve seen these classics turned into everything from lovely furniture to fully functioning speakers, American artist Robert Lach turns these discards into bird-inspired sculptures he calls “Nest Colonies.” Lach collects various old specimens of American Tourister suitcases, and finely shreds […]

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eButterfly project helps kids become citizen scientists

Posted on Sunday, May 26th, 2013 by

The project, which is now online at e-butterfly.org, will allow everyone from children to senior citizens to record the butterflies they see or collect, build a virtual butterfly collection, share their sightings with others, and contribute to a scientific record of global change. Scientists know that butterflies are extremely sensitive to changes in temperature, population growth, urban sprawl, changes […]

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