• Theme: Environment - Health - Safety

    Swiss firm Climeworks has announced the opening of the world’s first CO2 capture plant. It will grab carbon dioxide from the air around a waste incinerator and stock it for resale to a nearby greenhouse. The carbon dioxide will be filtered, absorbed by sponges and heated to 100°, transforming it into a valuable solid...

    Vertical, floating, underground, urban: visit our selection of 4 farms of the future.     1. Vertical Farming: Green Sense Farms, Indiana, USA Courtesy of Green Sense Farms   Green Sense Farms is a large indoor farm using LED grow lights. Vertical farming—growing crops vertically in stacked layers—allows owner Robert...

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    In a world premiere, French start-up Lancey has launched the first electric heater with a storage battery. The far infrared heater can stock electricity in the battery during off-peak hours for use during peak hours, usually between 6 and 8 pm. The system has a self-monitoring feature, and the user can even control...

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    News coverage of virtual reality (VR) has exploded since Facebook’s Oculus Rift was released this year. Now, the term augmented reality (AR) is becoming a household term thanks to Nintendo’s hit game, Pokémon Go. Beyond gaming, AR can help architects, engineers and other professionals. But such applications require a...

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    Is this the end of jet lag? Thanks to a new LED system that mimics the different colors of the natural sunlight, the new Airbus A350 XWB counters or minimizes disruptions to the body’s natural circadian rhythms. In other words, it helps the passengers’ biological clocks to smoothly adjust to the flight. The new system...

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    Beyond immersive video gaming, virtual reality (VR) is being used for skills transfer and hands-on experiences that could be vital tools for industry.   Virtual-reality glasses are everywhere, with the likes of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Playstation VR grabbing headlines as the future of video gaming. While the expense...

    The idea carries us back to the 1930s, ancient history for the younger generation. But the return of airships to our skies already has reached an advanced stage. Filled with helium gas, Airlander 10, created by Hybrid Air Vehicle, is the lightest of aircraft. At 92 meters long, it is bigger than a Boeing 747, and can...

    The goal is clear—by 2030, 25% of the Emirates’ car fleet will be autonomous. The Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy is expected to save €5 million in annual economic costs, including transportation costs, carbon emissions and accidents. An electric self-driving shuttle already is being tested in Dubai. Moving...

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    This tiny black rectangle is literally a water purifier. Researchers at Stanford University created a small device that uses solar energy to clean water. When dropped into a glass of water and exposed to sunlight, the device generates hydrogen peroxide that can eliminate 99.999% of the bacteria in the sample in just...

    Researchers at the Switzerland-based Paul Scherrer Institut and ETH Zurich have developed a chemical process that uses the sun’s thermal energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into synthetic fuel. The method is based on chemical reactions in the presence of certain materials—cerium oxide, for example—that only...

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