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

almda 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.

Submission + - Ford is Turning Heinz Tomato Waste into New Lightweight Bioplastic ( 1

Taffykay 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.

Submission + - Original Unverpackt: Germany's First Zero-Waste Supermarket to Open this Summer

Beverley Mitchell 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.

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

Beverley Mitchell 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.

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

Beverley Mitchell 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.

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

Taffykay 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.

Submission + - Baltimore's Solar-Powered Water Wheel Devours 50,000 Pounds of Harbor Trash (

gogreenbaltimore 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.

Submission + - Sexy Bras Made From Coffee (

fangmcgee writes: Underwear drawer in need of a pick-me-up? Sloggi wants you to wake up and smell the coffee. The skivvy-maker, a subsidiary of lingerie juggernaut Triumph International, has launched a new line of bras and briefs made with recycled coffee grounds. "Love Cafe," which the brand recently feted at fashion "flash mobs" in Singapore and Malaysia, is its fourth to boast sustainable credentials, following collaborations with the World Land Trust in previous years.

Submission + - Solar Impulse 2 to Attempt First Round-the-World Solar-Powered Flight (

Taffykay writes: Swiss innovators André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard just announced the debut of the new and improved Solar Impulse 2 aircraft. In roughly one year, this new and improved solar airplane will attempt what no plane has done before: a journey of five consecutive days and nights from one continent to the next without using a drop of fuel.

Submission + - Students Create an Edible Water "Bottle" You Can Make at Home (

Elliot Chang writes: The Ooho is an innovative edible water "bottle" created by students Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, Pierre Paslier and Guillaume Couche that is a no-waste alternative to plastic water bottles since the gelatinous membrane that surrounds the water can, itself, be eaten. See how you can create a similar water blob at home using a process called spherification.

Submission + - Students Create Machine That Uses Pee to Make Furniture (

Elliot Chang writes: Who knew urine could be so useful? Edinburgh College of Art student Peter Trimble has built a machine that makes furniture out of sand, pee and bacteria. Called the Dupe, the device is being used to cast low stools that are surprising sturdy, and can be broken up and used as a fertilizer at the end of their lifecycles.

Submission + - McDonald's Announces Plan to Add 'Chicken' McNuggets to Their Menu

Taffykay writes: McDonald's has announced it will be the first fast food chain in the United States to add lab-grown meat to their menu. Following the success of Sergey Brin's lab-grown burger experiment last year, the group said they will 'grow' chicken McNuggets in labs across New Jersey. The move is expected to reduce the number of real chickens needed to supply their 35,000 branches across the globe.

Submission + - China Attempts to Clone Colonial Williamsburg, Replicates Williamsburg, Brooklyn (

An anonymous reader writes: China’s copycat architecture trend has been well documented – so far the nation has built full-scale replicas of the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, and even an entire Austrian village. However when Chinese developer AuthentiCity Ltd. sought to recreate the historic hamlet of Colonial Williamsburg, it wound up with something else entirely – an exact replica of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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