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Packaging Made from Tomato Plants Yields Safer Canned Food

Packaging Made from Tomato Plants Yields Safer Canned Food

A new bio-resin made from tomato plant by-products could make it safer to eat canned foods in the future. Although eating fresh food is great for our health, it can be troublesome on the wallet. Fresh food spoils, sometimes very quickly. That’s why we’ve come up with all sorts of food packaging and preservation techniques that help...

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World’s First Two-Seat Electric Helicopter Lifts Off for the First Time

World’s First Two-Seat Electric Helicopter Lifts Off for the First Time

This week the world’s first two-seat electric helicopter completed its first flight inside a German hangar. E-volo‘s VC200 Volocopter lifted into the air for several minutes and reached a height of nearly 22 meters. This emission-free multicopter can hover and glide by changing the thrust and torque produced by 18 spinning blades.

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Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green Roofs

Public Urinals Help Amsterdam Harvest Pee as Fertilizer for Green RoofsPhoto of green roof via Shutterstock

The idea of someone sprinkling urine on building rooftops sounds like a major health hazard, but that’s just what Amsterdam’s water utility, Waternet, recently proposed. Though it sounds like a cruel prank, the project is actually part of an effort to find cheap, natural alternatives to traditional fe...

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World’s Largest Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility Opens in Charleston, SC

World’s Largest Wind Turbine Drivetrain Testing Facility Opens in Charleston, SC

The world’s largest wind turbine drivetrain testing facility and smart grid simulator just officially launched at The Energy Systems Innovation Center in Charleston, South Carolina on November 21st. The facility will test the huge drivetrains used in offshore wind farms, while the “grid simulator,” built in a former U.S. Navy warehouse, will be use...

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Hungry Planet Infographic Shows How Much Food and Energy Humans Consume Around the World

Hungry Planet Infographic Shows How Much Food and Energy Humans Consume Around the World

It’s no secret that humans are living beyond the means that the planet can sustainably provide – but did you know that on August 20th, 2013 we consumed all of the earth’s allotted resources for the entire year? International Business Guide just launched a new infographic that shows the staggering amounts of energy and food that...

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Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Space solar cell and panel manufacturer Spectrolab has broken its own solar cell efficiency world record. The Boeing subsidiary achieved an efficiency of 38.8 percent for a ground-based multi-junction solar cell without the use of concentrated sunlight, breaking their former record by one percent. The U.S. Department of Energy‘s National...

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Super Fast-Charging EVA Electric Taxi Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show

Super Fast-Charging EVA Electric Taxi Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show

Those attending the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show this week just got the first look at a vehicle that could change the taxi industry in tropical countries. TUM CREATE, a joint research program by Technische Universitaet Muenchen and Nanyang Technological University, just unveiled its electric taxi prototype codenamed EVA. Resembling a typical 4-door smart...

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London to Warm Homes With Harvested Subway Heat

London to Warm Homes With Harvested Subway Heat
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Anyone who has taken a ride on the London Underground knows that it can be a sweltering experience – even in the dead of winter. Right now, all of that sweaty heat is going to waste while folks above ground throttle the thermostat to warm up their homes. That gave London’s mayor and a city think tank...

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