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New Material Goes all ‘Venus Fly Trap’ on Nuclear Waste

March 1, 2010 / No Comments

Nuclear waste is tough to handle, and can take thousands of years to decay before it becomes safe again. The waste contains non-toxic sodium ions and highly radioactive cesium isotopes. Removing these harmful isotopes has been difficult as most materials cannot "differentiate" between the radioactive ions and the non-toxic ones. Scientists Mercouri Kanatzidis and Nan Ding from US Department of ...

Mammoth Iceberg Poses Threat to Ocean Current Circulation

February 26, 2010 / 1 Comment

A mammoth iceberg that broke off earlier this month from the Mertz Glacier Tongue in Antarctica, poses a risk to ocean current circulation, and has implied changes to climate. The iceberg broke free after a collision with an older iceberg known as B9B, both icebergs are now floating in the Southern Ocean towards the Eastern Antarctic. To put things into ...

Exotech Develops a way to make Plants Require 80% Less Water

February 23, 2010 / No Comments

Israel's Exotech Bio Solutions has developed a way that would, so to say, make plants even more environment friendly. Or more specifically, have plants require 80% less water. The firm has developed naturally-derived super-absorbent polymers (SAPs) that allow plants to grow in less water, and since these SAPs are derived from natural materials from a technology that is based on ...

Artist Adds Colors to Nature

February 19, 2010 / No Comments

Nature is full of colors, be it plain or vivid, it's all there. Artist Norm Magnusson however, has found his skill in adding colors, or decoration to nature. While the idea of "decorating nature" is ambiguous and may well be termed an exercise in futility, it still seems to be a bit interesting and it does make for some intriguing ...

New Zealand Train Station Receives a Green Cover

January 18, 2010 / No Comments

For all their design goodness and efficiency, train and subway stations in the end have those cold, hard platform to offer. Commuters at New Zealand’s Britomart Station however, got a chance to enjoy a train station that looked more like a meadow, and covered in green grass.

Nature Rescue: The Art of Saving the Environment

January 12, 2010 / 1 Comment

Finnish artist Ilkka Halso takes a view of the "journey" of nature, from a self sustained process to something which has to be protected now. And his art does carry forward the message in a very thought provocative manner. The central theme of his "Restoration" series is healing and rescuing our natural environment.

Jeweler Creates Rings Embedded With Live Plants

January 6, 2010 / No Comments

The ring collection from Jeweler Hafsteinn Juliusson wouldn't quite qualify as eco-friendly, but it does come across as a great way to spread the green message. Rings in the jeweler/ designers collection come with a stainless steel base, but have the biggest jewel of them all, nature embedded at the top. These rings have Icelandic moss plants as their crowning ...

Wind Turbine Doubles up as Revolving Christmas Star

December 23, 2009 / No Comments

A huge revolving Christmas star probably would make people happy, and I guess people in Munich must be enjoying this show being put up by a wind turbine. The wind turbine has nearly 9000 LED lights shining away, and using energy as low as that of a common hairdryer.

HeroRATS Efficiently Find Landmines

December 16, 2009 / 1 Comment

Landmines are a major source of trouble in war torn regions, and lead to loss of life and limb for many people worldwide. There are methods to find out and remove these unexploded landmines, but they put the people doing the job at a risk, and sometimes may also not be foolproof. APOPO is a non-profit organization working to remove ...

Simbol Mining to Draw Lithium From Geothermal Waste Water

December 11, 2009 / 1 Comment

As the world moves to cleaner energy, demand for Lithium has been steadily increasing. The element has widespread application in batteries and is widely used in consumer products and electric cars. Since the demand for Lithium is likely to only go up in the future, as the number of electric cars and gadgets steadily increases, there is a scare about ...