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Shark skin study promises lift in airplane and turbine design

Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2018

Sharks have been around since before dinosaurs roamed the earth, which has given them plenty of time to perfect the art of aerodynamics. It’s no surprise then that sharks, like whales, can teach us a thing or two about more efficiently moving through both water and air. A team of biologists …

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Algae could light up our cities at night

Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2018

Proper lighting at night is important for safety in cities and along highways, but all of those lamps require a lot of electricity to keep them going all night. Many places have transitioned to LED lighting, the most energy efficient lighting currently available, to cut down on the energy use …

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20 natural cleaning hacks to replace harmful chemicals

Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Many cleaning products are bad for your health and the planet – use these easy DIY methods instead, many of which rely on kitchen cupboard ingredients. Humans are a funny animal. We are so afraid of the perceived dangers of dirt and germs that all around our homes we spray …

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Why restoring the Colorado River Delta matters

Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Nearly four years ago today, I witnessed something dramatic, something I will remember for the rest of my life: the Colorado River flowed from its headwaters all the way to the sea. Although this doesn’t actually sound very exciting (happens all the time on other rivers), the 2014 pulse flow …

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Egg Whites Could Power a Clean Energy Future

Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Egg whites — they’re not just (a cholesterol-free) breakfast anymore. A Japanese researcher has found a way to use molecules from a protein-based chemical found in egg whites to generate hydrogen more efficiently, putting scientists a step closer to producing hydrogen from water without using fossils fuels and raising the possibility that hydrogen could …

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A Clever Fix to the Biggest Climate Problem

Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Climate change is a big, unwieldy problem with no easy fix. To stem the rise in temperature, we need to transform how we power our homes, fuel our cars, grow our food and get rid of our waste. The change won’t happen overnight, and time is running perilously short, which …

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Prince George’s Breaks Ground On Largest Composting Facility On The East Coast

Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

  Ever wonder where your banana peel or orange rind ends up, when you toss it into a bin labeled “compost?” Whether you’re at a Smithsonian museum, a local university, a restaurant or grocery store, it’s likely sent to Prince George’s County, which has the largest composting facility in the …

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Plastics Explained, From A to Z

Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

What are microplastics? What about a garbage patch? This glossary helps demystify plastic pollution. This story is part of Planet or Plastic?—our multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis. Learn what you can do to reduce your own single-use plastics, and take your pledge. The world of plastic contains many confusing …

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How to Build a Native Bee Hotel

Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

  Many of these so-called “solitary bees,” which include mason bees, leafcutter bees and carder bees, look more like flying ants than fuzzy yellow bees, but they’re valuable pollinators just the same. The traditional hive boxes used to house honeybees do nothing to attract native bees to your garden, but …

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Powerhouse: the startup making solar the most accessible energy in the world

Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

It’s one of the only incubators focused on solar companies – but Powerhouse is part of a larger movement to nurture new companies in the low-carbon future  As solar energy becomes cheaper, it’s attracting investment across the world, evidenced by the $116bn that flowed into solar projects, companies and technologies …

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