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Substituting floating plastic for floating houses

Substituting floating plastic for floating houses
Architect student Ludvig Hofsten wanted to address the issues of rising sea levels and plastic waste in the ocean. He designed Villa Nemo, a project that sees the potential of living on water in the future; with both lifestyle and environmental benefits. ”Our cities are becoming fairly dense, and there’s less space to build new houses. Quite a lot of cities are starting to look at the possibility of building on water”, says Ludvig Hofsten.
11th July 2017

World first biophilic design connects buildings with nature

World first biophilic design connects buildings with nature
BRE has launched The Biophilic Office project – a ground-breaking office refurbishment project that will provide quantified evidence on the benefits of biophilic design on health, well-being and productivity of office occupants. The project centres on a 650m2 1980s office building on the BRE campus in Watford, which will be refurbished according to biophilic design principles. BRE are partnering with architect and interior designer Oliver Heath, who will lead on the design element of the refurbished building.
5th July 2017

Bio-fuel from waste made possible

Bio-fuel from waste made possible
Fuel from waste? It is possible. But hitherto, converting organic waste to fuel has not been economically viable. Excessively high temperatures and too much energy are required. Using a novel catalyst concept, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now managed to significantly reduce the temperature and energy requirements of a key step in the chemical process. The trick: The reaction takes place in very confined spaces inside zeolite crystals.
30th June 2017


Bacteria-coated nanofibre electrodes can digest pollutants

Bacteria-coated nanofibre electrodes can digest pollutants
Cornell materials scientists and bioelectrochemical engineers may have created an innovative, cost-competitive electrode material for cleaning pollutants in wastewater. The researchers created electro-spun carbon nanofibre electrodes and coated them with a conductive polymer, called PEDOT, to compete with carbon cloth electrodes available on the market.
28th June 2017

Seeing the forest with the latest LiDAR system

Seeing the forest with the latest LiDAR system
Shortly after lasers were first developed in the 1960s, LiDAR—whose name originated as a combination of 'light' and 'radar'—capitalised on the newly unique precision they offered for measuring both time and distance. LiDAR quickly became the standard method for (3D) land surveys and is now used in a multitude of sensing applications, such as self-driving cars.
28th June 2017

NASA-supported tool accelerates wildfire recovery

NASA-supported tool accelerates wildfire recovery
Burned Area Emergency Response teams— they may be one of most important parts of wildfires that you've probably never heard of. As the last flames of a raging wildfire are being contained, these BAER crews begin safeguarding lives, property, and natural resources threatened by additional perils that fires create. "Wildfire reduces or removes vegetation and ground cover protecting forest soils," said Mary Ellen Miller, a research engineer from Michigan Tech Research Institute.
27th June 2017

EcoCortec launches VpCI Plastics Recycling Project

EcoCortec launches VpCI Plastics Recycling Project
Cortec has announced that EcoCortec is implementing European wide initiative to collect and recycle used VpCI films and bags. This is the first recycling program of this type implemented in Europe. Within the “Plastic Recycling Project” EcoCortec’s customers will send their waste material back to Croatian plant which will then be completely recycled and used for manufacturing a new product.
7th June 2017

Marine reserves help alleviate climate change

Marine reserves help alleviate climate change
An international team of scientists has concluded that 'highly protected' marine reserves can help mitigate the effects of climate change and suggests that these areas be expanded and better managed throughout the world. Globally, coastal nations have committed to protecting 10% of their waters by 2020, but thus far only 3.5% of the ocean has been set aside for protection - and less than half of that (1.6%) is strongly protected from exploitation.
6th June 2017

Decomposing leaves are a source of greenhouse gases

Decomposing leaves are a source of greenhouse gases
Michigan State University scientists have pinpointed a new source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that’s more potent than carbon dioxide. The culprit? Tiny bits of decomposing leaves in soil. This discovery, featured in the current issue of Nature Geoscience, could help refine nitrous oxide emission predictions as well as guide future agriculture and soil management practices.
6th June 2017

How human activity affects space weather around Earth

How human activity affects space weather around Earth
Effects of human behaviour are not limited to Earth's climate or atmosphere; they are also seen in the natural space weather surrounding our planet. 'Space weather' in this context includes conditions in the space surrounding Earth, including the magnetosphere, ionosphere, and thermosphere. A recent survey by a team of scientists including Phil Erickson, assistant director of MIT Haystack Observatory, has resulted in an article in the journal Space Science Reviews.
1st June 2017


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