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Biomimicry as a Cooperative Inquiry

Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018

Our species is finally turning toward other species for their embodied wisdom, borrowing these insights to solve challenges such as delivering nutrition in a way that nourishes both planet and people. Biomimicry author and visionary Janine Benyus shows how nature-inspired breakthroughs in agriculture are evolving from plant-focused “silver bullets” to …

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How Hungry Baby Urchins Are Saving Hawaii’s Reefs

Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018

By Brigit Katz For decades, Hawaii’s Kāne‘ohe Bay was plagued by an invasive species of algae that covered the bay’s reefs in knotted clumps and starved its corals of light. But as Alejandra Borunda reports for National Geographic, a team of researchers may have found the ideal solution to Kāne’ohe …

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‘Toilet to tap’ water nearly matches bottled H20 in taste test, California university researchers discover

Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018

Saddled with the “toilet to tap” label, recycled water still has a bit of an image problem. But in a blind taste test, UC Riverside researchers found that people prefer its flavor over tap water and that they like it as much as bottled water. Intuitively, that may sound crazy. …

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Human Hair Extensions Are Being Matted Together To Clean Up Oil Spills

Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018

By Sara Spary It’s an unlikely ending for something as glamorous as hair extensions or as mundane as the clippings from a hairdresser’s floor, but tonnes of human hair are being swept up and knitted together to soak up oil spills from our oceans. Additional Lengths, a British hair extensions company, …

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How to Eliminate Plastic Waste and Plastic Pollution with Science and Engineering

Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

By  Maverick Baker August, 16th 2018 Humanity’s dependence on plastic grows stronger with the passing of every year. It is lightweight, flexible, relatively inexpensive, and durable – and it is used in everything from grocery bags to 3D printed rocket nozzles. Plastic retains some of the most attractive qualities in …

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Scientists Produce Mineral in Lab That Can Remove CO2 from the Atmosphere

Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

For the last two decades, in particular, the very real consequences that human activity have had in terms of carbon emissions creation have been laid bare for the entire world to see. However, the more pressing question of how to combat the effects is taking center stage. Thanks to the …

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Ohio’s greenhouses helping people eat local now and in future

Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Along the gravel lanes of rural Clinton County, you can see the past and present of Ohio agriculture. Rolling green fields of soybeans and corn stretch to the horizon. The future of agriculture is here, too. A 170,000-square-foot greenhouse, wrapped in […]

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How Canada is taking on climate action

Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

At a critical and challenging time for climate action in the US, our neighbors to the north are in many ways showing what it means for a major global economy to work toward a bright, sustainable future. “Canada is taking a leadership role […]

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Herbal Remedies

Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

by The Zero-Waste Chef I just returned from a visit with my family in Canada, where my daughter MK attends the University of Guelph in Ontario. While I was at MK’s, she showed me a list of herbal remedies she keeps affixed to the inside of one of her kitchen …

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Reebok launches sustainable sneaker made from cotton and corn

Posted on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Following a trend in industries ranging from software to food, Reebok is going sustainable. The footwear company launched a pair of sneakers Tuesday that are made entirely from natural products. Allbirds and Nike have been doing this for years. The company announced its plans last […]

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