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Environment

The Marsupial Robot Team Monitors Rivers From Both Land And Sky

In order to better understand our environment - and our impact on it - proper monitoring tools are absolutely essential. The more information we can gather, the more we'll be able to accomplish. That's where the Marsupial comes in - a robot team designed to monitor rivers from both air and land.

June Bracelet Combines Ultra Trendy Style And Anti-Aging Benefits

Getting a new piece of jewelry is exciting! Finding a way to avoid wrinkles is, in my opinion, even more thrilling. Imagine my joy in discovering the June bracelet that combines both.

How Can A Tumbleweed Prevent The Spread Of Deserts Across The World?

Desertification isn't something we understand particularly well, yet - meaning we don't really have any idea of how to stop it. It's a pretty serious environmental problem...and one inventor has found what may be the first step to a solution: Tumbleewed, a rolling robot.

"Green" Slow Cooking Invention: Buy One, Give One Free

You've heard of the Wonder Bra?  Well, this is the wonder bag. Wonderbag, to be specific. It's a slow cooking bag, a new invention with old roots, one that is bringing tasty dishes and energy savings to us in the western world, while doing the same for poor, rural African communities.

 

Farmer's Fridge: Innovative Vending Machines For The Health Conscious

Over the years, vending machines have really changed dramatically, in part due to ever-evolving technology that makes it possible for them to break away from the norm. Even movies and television shows have poked fun at traditional vending machines for their lackluster selection (chocolate raisins just aren't a meal substitute), and their disappointing trend of taking your money without actually making your selection accessible to you. Fortunately, vending machines are much more than that, but for health food enthusiasts, most leave something to be desired. At least, that was true until now.

3 Exciting Environmentally-Friendly Cars of the (Near) Future

Automotive technology is rapidly changing, and who hasn't looked around at the cars on the streets and wondered: what will they think of next? Of course, the wish is that the next generation of cars will be fuel-efficient, low emissions, and fun to drive. Here are a few environmentally friendly cars of the near future that just might fit those parameters.

Need This New Invention? Biodegradable Batteries Made Of Sugar

We use massive amounts of batteries these days to power everything from flashlights to cars. The used batteries are toxic and end up dumped into landfills daily. The time is long overdue to come up with a biodegradable battery that would work in most devices. That time finally seems to be on its way as scientists work to bring a battery powered by sugar to the public.

Innovators Gather In Abu Dhabi To Address Sustainability

In what will be the largest gathering on sustainability ever to be held in the Middle East, innovators from many sectors will gather in Abu Dhabi on January 18 - 25. Abu Dabai Sustainability Week features the World Future Energy Summit and brings together leaders from the worlds of politics, science, business, and academia to discuss and address the energy challenges of the future. Read on to learn more about the event.

“Green” Low-Sulfur, Eco-Friendly Fireworks Could Be The Next Big Boom

Celebrations in China begin end with a bang thanks to the extravagant use of fireworks. Trouble is, excessive use of fireworks exacerbates the country's infamous air pollution and choking smog. Since trying to change China's traditional love of fireworks hasn't been successful, one fireworks manufacturer is trying to change their fireworks instead.

Package Related Pollution: Problems And Solutions

In today's consumerist society, almost everything we buy comes in a package. Paper, plastic or metal, for health or just visual reasons, all the things we buy come inside something. Not only this, but we usually use other packaging (i.e., bags) to carry the products. All this has a huge impact on the environment, both in the production of these packages as well as the way they are disposed of.

New York Will Transform A Landfill Into A Solar Plant

Fresh Kills used to be New York's largest landfill, until it was shutdown back in 2001. Seven years later a project would be started - to turn this massive landfill into a park, one of the biggest around. More recently it has been announced that the construction of a solar plant is part of this landfill's conversion.

EcoQube On Kickstarter! Mini-Farm & Aquarium Combines Sustainability With Beauty

Aquariums are universally fascinating, but they're usually a hassle to maintain. The EcoQube is a very low maintenance aquarium for fish and plants that successfully thrive off of each other, and it's being crowdsourced now on Kickstarter. It's a must have!

Little Foam Moving Men Put A New Face On Reusable Packaging

Cushion-san reusable packaging by Japanese designer Masashi Sano protects fragile housewares, artworks and other delicate possessions just as well as plastic packing peanuts. Unlike the latter, however, you'll want to keep these cute foam cutouts around for your next moving experience.

Fresh Moves Bus: A Farmer's Market On Wheels

As a major advocate for purchasing and consuming local foods, and a produce-loving vegetarian, farmer's markets are among my favorite things in the world.  The only problem is that farmer's markets aren't everywhere when you need them. While there's still a way to go before everyone has unlimited, easy access to locally grown produce, businesses like The Fresh Moves bus in Chicago aim to change that.

Bizarre Chinese Ivy-Covered “Zombie Car” Needs Water, Fertilizer, Brains

Green transportation in China just got creepier thanks to an abandoned, ivy-covered van that's become a national social media sensation.

Help 3D URBEE2’s Printed Car Makers To Design Iconic Insignia!

The team behind the world’s first 3D printed automobile are getting ready to roll out their latest prototype, the URBEE 2, and they need your help to create the car’s signature insignia.

Need This New Invention? The Prepeat Inkless Printer

There are two major drawbacks to computer printers. One is that they use toner and the other is that you run through an awful lot of paper. Even with recycling that is a huge impact on the environment. Wouldn't it be great to have a printer that didn't use either product? While the invention of the PrePeat Inkless Printer is fairly new over the past few years, the attempts to create it started back in the 1970s.

Are There Robot Farmers In Our Future? The UDSA Certainly Thinks So

The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture last week announced that it will be offering $4.5 million in grants towards research of robotics in American agriculture What this basically means is simple: in the near future, we're going to start seeing robots on the range.

Need This New Invention? Glass Made From Garbage

For most people recycling food waste has always meant tossing it into the compost heap and waiting for it to break down. That is all about to change after Ivan Cornejo, a materials engineer at the Colorado School of Mines, found a way to take the minerals from garbage like banana peels, egg shells, and rice husks and transform them into clear glass.

Christmas Comet May Not Live Up to Its Name

Many believed the Christmas Comet would arrive in time for the holidays. But fears are now rising that it won't be here in time for the holidays.