The Atmosphere Has A Recycling Washing Machine

The Atmosphere Has A Recycling Washing Machine

The atmosphere’s ability to recycle pollutants is being compared to a washing machine that can recycle the detergent from the wash cycle, and then use it again when the area needs a good cleaning. Troposphere research specialists from the Institute of Energy and Climate Research in Jülich, Germany found that radicals are actually recycled in an atmospheric stage called isoprene degradation. The researchers were able to effectively show that isoprene, a naturally occurring hydrocarbon, can be broken down, or cleansed, by hydroxyl radicals. These radicals are referred to as the atmosphere’s cleansing agents that are capable of reducing isoprene, which… read more

Techie DIY Tips

DIY Techie Tips

For some, the multi-tasking ability that comes with using a tablet PC along with a phalanx of other tech gadgets isn’t a question of desire, but one of necessity. Unfortunately, good tablets tend to be on the pricey side of things. Fortunately, DIY website Instructables has a neat tutorial on how to turn a used Macbook computer into a fully-functioning tablet. What would the benefits be of choosing a self-built mactablet over a brand new iPad? For starters, it’s recyclable. Sure, you could just as easily take your ancient Macbook down to your nearest Best Buy and recycle it, or… read more

This Sustainable Glue is Made from Recycled Styrofoam

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One of the most recognizable shipping and packaging components, expanded polystyrene (EPS), is kind of a pain to deal with. Those big bulky white chunks of styrofoam that protect fragile items while they’re in the box are big and bulky, which means they take up a lot of space in the waste stream (up to 30% of US landfill space), and yet they’re light, which makes them easy to be picked up by the wind and deposited across the land and ocean, where they contribute to our plastic pollution problem. But one company has a great use for the material,… read more

A Moldy Home Could Be A Good Thing

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Traditionally, it is considered dirty and unwanted to have mold on your home. We create paints and varnishes that repel moisture and seedlings from plants, vines, and other naturally growing “things”. However, researchers at Barcelona Tech (UPC) decided that mold should be a featured piece on homes and buildings. They created a wall that promotes the growth of fungi and lichens. It begins with a structured layer of cement protected by waterproof materials. The biological layer comes next, which allows water to accumulate inside of it for colonisation. Instead of repelling moss and lichens, it helps with the development of… read more

Skate-Boards Made From Carrots

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Biocouture, renowned for their merging of science and design, including textiles fashioned from bacteria, teamed with German skateboard company Wefunk – as posted on their website’s official ‘aetlier’ blog. The outcome, though currently evasive in the media sphere, manifests as a long-board comprised of cellulose derived from carrot crop waste. The project was completed with the help of CelluComp and Wefunk designer, Alex Luxat. The former is a new material science company based in Scotland. They supplied the project with the materials, made primarily from carrot waste (though the waste of other root vegetables are used also), which they call… read more

Is This the Future of Home Food Production?

Could this be the Future of Home Food Production?

If you’ve got the room, putting in a home garden can help decrease your food costs (and food miles) and put fresh food on your table. But without a greenhouse, that doesn’t work so well in the winter time, so unless you start an indoor garden, you’ll have a tough time growing fresh produce through the cold season. And for many people living in apartments, a home garden or a greenhouse simply isn’t an option, so an indoor garden is the only way to grow some of your own food, regardless of the season. Thanks to products such as the… read more

Evernote’s Balance Of Paper & Digital Notes

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The idea of taking notes with a pen and paper is quickly becoming foreign with smartphones and tablets making that process easier (and cheaper!). However, for those who still prefer the tactile feeling of paper, Evernote has created a balanced solution to save you time and money, and hopefully reduce your paper waste. Check out their free app on your Android, iOS, or Windows Phone 8 device. It’s likely that paper will always be around (at least for awhile),  but with the rise of E-ink tablets and readers, it’s difficult to predict one way or another just how effective those… read more

Marine Litter Extractor Could Clean Ocean in 5 Year’s Time

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Lead by 19-year-old Boyan Slat, the Ocean Cleanup Array is a project designed to tackle oceanic waste by capturing plastic from marine garbage patches, known as gyres. About 1/3 of all ocean surface is covered in plastic waste. Boyan Slat, a student, photographer, and diver, proposed the Ocean Cleanup Array as a means in which this pollution could be extracted, with the possibility of recycling the collected materials for future use in the creation of high-quality items. This could potentially cover the costs of the array’s implementation. A proper cleansing of the ocean in its entirety is currently unattainable, however,… read more

The Phyto Kinetic Bus Offers A Green Ride

The Phyto Kinetic Bus Offers A Green Ride

Riding the city bus may soon have an added visual perk. This  ride certainly has bystanders taking a second look. Complete with its own ecosystem, this living roof design is courtesy of landscape artist Marc Grañén. According to the artist the Phyto Kinetic bus design is a practical way to utilize unexpected but effectual places for garden plots. Making use of the natural photosynthesis process and noting the importance of  purifying the airspace, especially in highly polluted inner cities where there are often more concrete landscapes than green ones, mobile gardens are a unique solution. Here’s how the story began: Check out… read more

Harnessing Poop For Power Efficiently

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Pretty soon, chowing down those bean burritos may actually come in handy. Researchers at Stanford University have come up with a new method of harnessing electricity from human waste. While this concept has been around for quite some time (in one form or another), Stanford’s researchers have discovered a way of making it work even better. Basically, for all these years, we’ve been wasting the energy potential of sewage; a virtually endless source of power (with the right kind of extracting methods). The researchers created what they described as a “microbial battery”, which generates electricity from bacteria in sewage waste…. read more