Google Loonacy: How Tech Companies Are Restoring A Ravaged Puerto Rico

Google Loonacy: How Tech Companies Are Restoring A Ravaged Puerto Rico

November 20, 2017

On September 20th, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria a mere two weeks after a brush with another hurricane, Irma. Recovery efforts in the ravaged U.S. territory have been lackluster, and many are still without power, water, or communication. Surprisingly, some of the most innovative and enthusiastic support has come from non-traditional sources -- [...]

 

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Water-Gen Wicks Clean Drinking Water Straight from the Air

Water-Gen Wicks Clean Drinking Water Straight from the Air

March 13, 2017

Dehumidifiers have been around for years, sucking excess moisture from the air and leaving it to collect in bins we all too often dump out. Water-Gen, an Israeli water tech company, is adapting that same principle for practice use, wicking ambient moisture and condensing it into pure drinking water for those who need it most. [...]

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The New Steam Engine: Hydrogen-Powered Trains Coming Soon

The New Steam Engine: Hydrogen-Powered Trains Coming Soon

March 10, 2017

While hydrogen-powered cars might be falling to the wayside in favor of electric alternatives, trains covering long distances might hop on the hydrogen trend. French train manufacturer Alstom has recently unveiled the Coradia iLint, a new train free of carbon dioxide emissions thanks to its hydrogen fuel cells. Even with diesel-powered trains, traveling by rail [...]

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VolkerWessels Wants to Roll Out PlasticRoad

VolkerWessels Wants to Roll Out PlasticRoad

March 03, 2017

When it comes to construction, plastic doesn't just have to come in Lego-shaped bricks to be a viable building material. Dutch construction company VolkerWessels is opening up about its PlasticRoad project which, as the name suggests, is looking for an alternative to conventional road-building by using recycled plastics instead. Is asphalt truly so bad that [...]

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DroneSeed Wants to Regrow the World’s Forests With Drones

DroneSeed Wants to Regrow the World’s Forests With Drones

February 10, 2017

Trees are pretty great: they give us shade, timber, paper, and even food in some cases. On top of that (and most importantly), they help us breathe, scrubbing about 30% of annual carbon dioxide emissions from the air and replacing it with precious oxygen. But with rampant deforestation and the high resource and labor costs [...]

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Polymer Injection Technology: Turning Old Tires into Steel

Polymer Injection Technology: Turning Old Tires into Steel

August 26, 2016

When we think of transportation, images of vehicles big and small might come to mind. Cars, trucks, planes, ships, all with their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to choosing the right vehicle to move your products (or yourself). Though when it comes to sustainability, the focus is on the emissions of these vehicles. [...]

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How Precious Plastic is Reshaping Our Waste Problem

How Precious Plastic is Reshaping Our Waste Problem

August 20, 2016

It's often all too easy for businesses to dismiss recycling and green initiatives as too costly to implement compared to conventional methods. After all, a good capitalist knows one ought to maximize revenue while minimizing expenses, right? But just as rent or property taxes, equipment, wages, and whatever else you care to list off your books is considered [...]

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The Plastic Bottle Cutter Spins Waste into Rope

The Plastic Bottle Cutter Spins Waste into Rope

August 13, 2016

While the art of recycling plastic bottles into rope isn’t new, the inventors behind the Plastic Bottle Cutter sure are making it trendy. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Plastic Bottle Cutter might be a clever way to make the best of a bad situation (that is, the ridiculous amount of plastic waste that’s tossed [...]

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