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+ - 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes->

Submitted by Taffykay
Taffykay (2047384) writes "Science recently scored a simultaneous victory over pollution for both recycling and renewable energy! A team of researchers at MIT has come up with plan to turn old car batteries into durable solar panels. According to Phys.org, the system proposed by a group of MIT professors and published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science uses a fairly new solar cell technology that includes a compound called perovskite, which is nearly on par with traditional silicon-based cells but takes significantly less material to manufacture."
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+ - Modular Hive Homes for Mars Wins NASA & MakerBot Competition->

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Taffykay (2047384) writes "Living on Mars might seem like a dream, but we're one step closer thanks to a brilliant new housing design. Noah Hornberger won NASA and MakerBot’s Mars Base Challenge with a series of hive homes. The contest called for 3D designers to imagine a scenario that would make Mars habitable by designing homes built either from materials found on the Red Planet, or brought from Earth and 3D-printed on site. Hornberger’s 3D-printed two bedroom, two bathroom Queen B nabbed first prize with its bee-inspired hexagonal grid."
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+ - How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives->

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Taffykay (2047384) writes "Do you give much thought to horseshoe crabs? No, me neither. But it turns out that without them, we could be in a very precarious position. Horseshoe crabs – or to be more precise,
their incredible, baby blue blood – are used to test for bacterial contamination, thus saving countless lives each year during medical procedures. The only trouble is, we have to catch a quarter of a million horseshoe crabs each year to do this, and then we have to drain their blood."

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+ - New Study Shows Feasibility of 19-Year-Old's Ocean Cleanup Array->

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almda (2687089) writes "One year ago 19-year-old Boyan Slat unveiled an Ocean Cleanup Array that he claimed could clean 7 million tons of plastic from the world's oceans. The design went viral and received it's share of criticism — however a newly released one-year feasibility study shows that the array would indeed work as planned. Slat claims that a single array could remove half the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 10 years."
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+ - Ford is Turning Heinz Tomato Waste into New Lightweight Bioplastic-> 1

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Taffykay (2047384) writes "Ford just announced that they have teamed up with Heinz to turn mostly tomato skins (but also leaves, stems and seeds) into a composite bioplastic for use in their vehicles. Although still in the feasibility stage, the project could reduce food waste and lower the embodied energy footprint of Ford's vehicles, while reducing vehicle weight and improving fuel economy at the same time."
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+ - Terrafugia Seeks Funding to Launch its Flying Car in 2016-> 1

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Taffykay (2047384) writes "Slashdot readers are sure to be familiar with Terrafugia's plans to launch a flying car — and a new report shows that it may actually hit the market within the next two years. The company is currently seeking to raise $30 million in funding to bring the vehicle to market in 2016 at a price point of $279,000."
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+ - Original Unverpackt: Germany's First Zero-Waste Supermarket to Open this Summer

Submitted by Beverley Mitchell
Beverley Mitchell (3662043) writes "Germany is set to unveil the country’s very first zero-waste supermarket. Berlin’s Original Unverpackt is the brainchild of friends Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski. Frustrated by the overpackaging and wastefulness they saw in the retail food industry, the young women decided to take action and launched a crowdfunding campaign in early May that has succeeded beyond all expectations. They now have the funds to open their first outlet this summer, with a second to follow soon after."

+ - Beverley Mitchell Google Builds a Self-driving Car from Scratch 2

Submitted by Beverley Mitchell
Beverley Mitchell (3662043) writes "Google has made a major breakthrough in its self-driving car project. The tech giant has now started building its own prototype vehicles from scratch, rather than retro-fitting existing commercial models such as the Toyota Prius. This has enabled some interesting design modifications such as, well, no steering wheel — for a start!"

+ - New Water Buses Proposed to Help Ease Mass Transit Pressure in Sweden

Submitted by Beverley Mitchell
Beverley Mitchell (3662043) writes "Researchers at Stockholm's KTH Royal Institute of Technology have come up with an innovative addition to the city's public transit system. Called Waterway 365, their project follows the principle that “across is always closer than around.” They propose integrating water buses into the existing public transport service, and their bike-friendly system design involves a water bus unlike any other you have seen before."

+ - Can Drinkable Sunscreen Protect Your Skin from the Inside Out? 2

Submitted by Beverley Mitchell
Beverley Mitchell (3662043) writes "Colorado company Osmosis Skincare claims to have invented a drinkable form of UV protection. They say ingesting 2 mls of Harmonized H2O UV Neutralizer an hour before sun exposure provides up to 3 hours of protection. In a YouTube video, company owner Dr. Ben Johnson claims: “I’ve been working for years on formulas where we are imprinting radio frequency waves on the molecules of water. And, you know, physics will tell you, ‘We’re not sure if you can do that or not.’ We have come up with a system that does that.” The ingested water is then said to vibrate up to your skin to deflect UVA and UVB waves. With skin cancer risks well documented, it appears that the Food and Drug Administration and the British Skin Foundation wish to err on the side of caution and do not endorse the product."

+ - Fujitsu is Growing Radiation-free Lettuce in Japan's Fukushima Prefecture->

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Taffykay (2047384) writes "Tech giant Fujitsu has opened an organic lettuce farm in Japan's Fukushima prefecture. Blending agriculture, technology, and medicine in a former microchip factory, the company has developed a new variety of organic lettuce that is not only lower in potassium and nitrates than standard varieties, but is also radiation-free."
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+ - Baltimore's Solar-Powered Water Wheel Devours 50,000 Pounds of Harbor Trash->

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gogreenbaltimore (3659453) writes "Baltimore city just launched the amazing Water Wheel, a solar-powered trash collector that can devour up to 50,000 pounds of trash a day! Topped by a sail fabric canopy, the Water Wheel operates entirely off grid, is powered by 30 solar panels and the water current, and looks really cool to boot. All collected trash is sent to a waste-to-energy plant. By cleaning up debris swept into the Inner Harbor by stormwater runoff, the Water Wheel could help make Baltimore's Inner Harbor swimmable by 2020."
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