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Oct 11, 2022

These land-based algae farms could feed 10 billion humans by 2050

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

The naturally ‘carbon-eating’ microorganisms could mean the farms will be carbon negative too.

Cultivating marine algae on land-based farms could meet future nutritional demands from society and enhance environmental sustainability, according to a new study published in Oceanography.

Protein-rich microalgae could be the answer to food insecurity.

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Oct 11, 2022

Cyborg cockroaches are coming, and they just want to help

Posted by in categories: climatology, cyborgs, robotics/AI, space, sustainability

Inspired by insects, robotic engineers are creating machines that could aid in search and rescue, pollinate plants and sniff out gas leaks.

Cyborg cockroaches that find earthquake survivors. A “robofly” that sniffs out gas leaks. Flying lightning bugs that pollinate farms in space.

These aren’t just buzzy ideas, they’re becoming reality.

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Oct 10, 2022

How biological batteries can generate renewable energy from soil

Posted by in categories: biological, chemistry, food, solar power, sustainability

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Think about where our energy comes from: drilling rigs and smokestacks, windmills and solar panels. Lithium-ion battery packs might even come to mind.

We probably don’t think about the farms that comprise over one-third of Earth’s total land area. But farms can also be an energy source. Barcelona-based battery company Bioo is generating electricity from the organic matter in soil and creating biological batteries that can power agricultural sensors, a growing 1.36 billion dollar global market.

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Oct 9, 2022

A New Approach to Car Batteries Is About to Transform EVs

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

WEIGHT IS ONE of the biggest banes for car designers and engineers. Batteries are exceedingly heavy and dense, and with the internal combustion engine rapidly pulling over for an electric future, the question of how to deal with an EV’s added battery mass is becoming all the more important.

But what if you could integrate the battery into the structure of the car so that the cells could serve the dual purpose of powering the vehicle and serving as its skeleton? That is exactly what Tesla and Chinese companies such as BYD and CATL are working on. The new structural designs coming out of these companies stand to not only change the way EVs are produced but increase vehicle ranges while decreasing manufacturing costs.

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Oct 9, 2022

Think Lab Grown Meet is a Big Deal, What About Lab-Made Milk?

Posted by in categories: food, sustainability

Microbrewery may be where your glass of milk will come from in the near future.


Precision fermentation produces milk and dairy products without cows. This can be a far more environmentally sustainable food source.

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Oct 8, 2022

Musk says Tesla to deliver its first Semi truck to Pepsi on December 1

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Musk hasn’t specified how many trucks, the company can roll out.

The long wait for Tesla’s Semi Trucks may have finally come to an end after CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company would begin deliveries to Pepsi Co starting December this year.

Tesla and its investors must be hopeful that the Semi Truck will herald a new age in electric trucking just as the company’s sedans did for the passenger vehicle segment. Owning a Tesla has been a matter of pride for many who took the plunge into electric vehicles way before governments could even think of electric vehicle sale mandates.

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Oct 8, 2022

NASA May Have A Way To Recharge Electric Cars In Less Than Five Minutes

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

A technology developed for use in space may turn out to be a breakthrough for the electric vehicle industry making 5-minute recharges possible.


FBCE which stands for flow boiling and condensation experiment is a space technology that may soon be incorporated into EV charging cables.

Oct 8, 2022

A 1973 MIT Supercomputer Predicted the End of the World by 2040

Posted by in categories: supercomputing, sustainability

However, in 1973, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology predicted the end of our civilization with the help of one of the most powerful supercomputers of that time.

In 1973, experts developed a computer program at MIT to model global sustainability. Instead, it predicted that by 2040 our civilization would end.

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Oct 8, 2022

New Metal Lungs Boosted Mammals’ Respiratory Efficiency

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, space, sustainability

These days when we are struggling with the pandemic, even breathing with peace of mind has become challenging. Especially the form of the mammalian respiratory system, requiring inhalation and exhalation, leaves us more vulnerable to the propagation of viral diseases.

But now, a group of South Korean artists, Bongkyu Song of BKID and Moon&Jeon, has devised a metal lung concept that uses algae to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. This device named Super Lung is inspired by the respiratory system of birds. Moreover, its designers assert that this concept increases mammalian respiratory efficiency by 300%. But how?

Oct 8, 2022

Zinc-cerium redox flow battery for renewable energy storage

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

“The Ce electrolyte is highly oxidative, which poses a challenge towards the stability of anion membrane,” Daoud said. “Thus, the stability and selectivity of anion membrane require further improvement.”

The device achieved a voltage plateau of 2.3 V at 20 mA cm − 2, energy efficiency of 71.3% at 60 mA cm − 2, and a record average Coulombic efficiency of 94% during cycling.

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