Earth and Energy - New Discoveries, Research, Studies And Breakthroughs

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New Pet Mat Provides Relief With Copper And Bamboo Charcoal

If you have a senior pet, you're probably especially sensitive to her movements.  She may move slowly, favor one leg or hip, or show more fatigue after exercise or a walk than she used to. Achy Paws carries a Copper Comfort Pet Mat that provides relief and warmth to your dogs and cats, using age-old earth-produced natural curative materials - copper and bamboo charcoal.  How do these materials work? 

These New Solar Cook Stoves Faster, Easier And More Efficient

New solar cooking devices for camping and outdoor use have gotten a lot more versatile, practical and efficient, allowing you to cook just about anything under the sun now.

Cargo Container Homes Are On The Rise

The latest trend in pre-fab homes appears to be cargo containers. You'll be amazed at the clever designs and contemporary looks.

Smog-Sucking Vacuum Eases Pollution, Creates Jewellery

A new public structure just opened in the forward-thinking European city of Rotterdam is being described as a vacuum cleaner for the air. The remarkable air purifier is 23 feet tall and can clean 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour while utilizing just 1,400 Watts of electricity – about the same as a water boiler. The installation is just the first step in its designer’s proposed worldwide Smog Free Movement and has already attracted over $90,000 in crowdfunded investment thanks to an innovative product: smog jewellery.

Art-Inspired Solar Cells Track The Sun

Unsurprisingly, solar panels that can track the sun as it arcs across the sky show much higher efficiencies than those fixed at a given angle; on the order of 40%. However, for standard home installations, the energy expended to rotate the heavy panels counteracts the potential gains. Scientists this week report that cells based on the Japanese art of kirigami are able to circumvent this problem. Read on to find out how an old art-form is being used for thoroughly modern technology.

Thumbs and Bottoms Up: Norway’s Army Gets Eco-Friendly Underwear

Norway's armed forces are about to receive some brand new eco-friendly underwear. Read all about the 50,000 bras, boxer shorts undershirts and pants that will soon be covering  some very important military private parts.

Quantum Dots Will Turn Your Windows Into A Power Supply

Imagine installing an air conditioner that won’t send your summertime power bills skyrocketing. That’s the promise of new quantum dot infused windows. These tiny specks of semiconductor will enable windows to capture solar energy and generate clean power while remaining perfectly transparent. Scientists call them a “game-changer” in the future of sustainable cities.

Oil-Contaminated Soil Finds New Fertility

Oil spills are unfortunately a fact of life in our industrialized world. Until we find a renewable resource that can fulfill our energy demands, the transportation of oil and other petroleum products is a requisite and no method is entirely foolproof. Scientists at Rice University have addressed this problem by developing a new technique that not only rids contaminated soil of oil, but restores its fertility. Salad anyone?

Finally A Practical Way To Harvest Energy From Our Oceans

Deriving power from the movement of the tides has long been considered a target for alternative energy strategists; however, the technology derived so far has been largely impractical to implement in the vast majority of coastal areas. Now a new UK company, in conjunction with Oxford University has approached the challenge in a fresh way and may just have brought tidal energy into the mainstream.

Could Plastic Roads Be A Sustainable Alternative?

While we generally associate plastics with the untenable generation of material waste, this need not necessarily be the case. Dutch consortium VolkerWessels hopes to demonstrate that building plastic roads may in fact be a more environmentally friendly option for our transportation infrastructure.