Alistair Coulstock

1,058 Flips | 11 Magazines | 8 Likes | 1 Following | 36 Followers | @acoulstock | Alistair Coulstock is a leading expert in the subject of sustainable environments. His expertise spans sustainable strategy, design and engineering.

The $247 trillion global debt bomb

The untold story of the world economy — so far at least — is the potentially explosive interaction between the spreading trade war and the overhang of global debt, estimated at a staggering $247 trillion. That’s “trillion” with a “t.” The numbers are so large as to be almost …

debtbomb

This little robot moves in and out of the sun to care for a plant that lives on its back

Tianqi Sun, CEO of robotics firm Vincross, has created a delightful mod of his robot Hexa which cares for a houseplant when the owner is too forgetful to water it.<p>Hexa is a small crab-like looking robot, which is available to buy for $949 and is designed to give people the chance to experiment with …

Robotics

Car cabin pollution scare prompts calls for new air conditioning rules

Experts have called for the regulation of car air conditioning systems after new trials revealed that popular models are letting in dangerous amounts of pollution.<p>Safety tests on 11 types of car have shown huge variation the the ability to purify incoming air, exposing those inside to millions of …

Pollution

Inside the new $180,000 tiny house that can be taken apart to move with its owners

One side of the Koda is made of four-layered glass, which Jakobson says is thick enough to insulate the house from noise and cold. If owners want …

Solar Panels

Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week

<i>(This article, originally published Tuesday, was updated Wednesday to add all-time heat records at Mount Washington, N.H., and Tbilisi, Georgia set since Monday. On Thursday, the story was updated to include information on heat-related deaths in Canada and extraordinary heat in Siberia. On Friday,</i> …

Global Warming

'Blind' robot can climb stairs, leap on desks

The "blind" Cheetah 3 robot developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is designed to avoid obstacles and climb stairs using "feel" instead of sensors or cameras.

Robotics

The future is prefabricated

Share selection to:<p>The collapse of Australia’s automotive manufacturing industry has been devastating, with up to 40,000 workers estimated to …

The entire planet could literally be fueled by star power as soon as 2030

Your electric bill could end up being obsolete if one company succeeds at harnessing the energy of superhot plasma with a mega-reactor that could …

Energy

Photos of an Incredible Secret Rainforest Hidden in The Heart of Africa

The land humans forgot.<p>Atop Mount Lico in northern Mozambique is a site that few have had the pleasure of seeing – a hidden rainforest, protected by …

Ecology

Astronomers Discover More Clues That Earth-Like Exoplanets Are Indeed Earth-Like

A new study provides new clues indicating that an exoplanet – that is, a planet outside the Solar System – that is 500 light-years away...The post …

Universe

Antarctica is melting faster than anyone thought, and we're not ready for the sea level rise that's coming

In the future, seas will rise far higher than they are today. The question is whether it happens quickly or slowly.<p>There's enough ice stacked on top of Antarctica to raise seas around the globe by almost 200 feet. While it takes time for major changes to occur with that much ice, Antarctica is …

Global Warming

Why living near forests can benefit your mental health

It is rush hour and you are crammed inside a train carriage with a stranger’s armpit pressing against your face. Are you feeling relaxed?<p>Studies have …

Next-generation water harvester delivers fresh water from air without any power

<b>Next-generation water harvester delivers fresh water from air</b> <b>without any power</b>Last October, a University of California, Berkeley, team headed down to …

Microsoft sinks a data center off the Scottish coast

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Billions in U.S. solar projects shelved after Trump panel tariff

(Reuters) - President Donald Trump’s tariff on imported solar panels has led U.S. renewable energy companies to cancel or freeze investments of more than $2.5 billion in large installation projects, along with thousands of jobs, the developers told Reuters.<p>That's more than double the about $1 …

Solar Power

A House Built Around a Tree

A house that blends into the forest. The creator of the architectural firm A.Mason Architects and A.Masow Design Studio created the project “Tree in …

Architecture

Inside the New Technology That Could Transform the Solar Power Industry

The future of solar power has looked increasingly bright in recent years thanks to the plummeting cost of silicon solar panels and a global push for …

Clean Energy

NASA’s Worldview Puts 20 Years of Earth Data at Your Fingertips

Powerful Earth-observing instruments aboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites, launched in 1999 and 2002, respectively, have observed nearly two …

Scientists Just 3D Printed a Human Cornea Using Stem Cells

These 3d printed artificial corneas could help millions restore their vision.<p>Researchers have created the most advanced artificial cornea ever using 3D printing and human stem cells. The technology, if successfully developed, could help millions of people around the world see a clearer future.<p>The …

Stem Cells

A Major Physics Experiment Just Detected A Particle That Shouldn't Exist

Scientists have produced the firmest evidence yet of so-called sterile neutrinos, mysterious particles that pass through matter without interacting …

How Long Do Tardigrades Live?

Tardigrades are probably the most paradoxical animals on the planet. On the one hand, these microscopic organisms are impossibly cute, seeming like …

Biology

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Pop culture monsters redesigned in Mayan art style

Mexican artist Monica Robles Corzo created a cool mashup of modern monsters and Mayan iconography for her Mayanizations series, like this reimagining …

Graphene Stimulator Paves Way for Optical Pacemakers, Smart Opioids, and Electronic Cancer Killers

Scientists dream big with the invention of a new graphene-based remote control for cell behavior Illustration: Nanotools BioscienceShine light on …

Octopuses are officially the weirdest animals on Earth

Octopuses have blue blood, can change colors, and regrow their tentacles. But what really makes them stand out is even weirder: they can edit their own RNA. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>Octopuses are the weirdest animal on earth. I know what you're thinking... Is it because they have …

Bacteria could make cheaper biofuel without so much land

A bacterium in mushroom crop residue can contribute to greener and cheaper biofuel production, according to new research.<p>A team of engineers recently …

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WA PPA shows solar can be a win for residents and developers

Residents of The Amble estate in Girrawheen, Perth will get a 40 per cent cut in daytime energy costs, thanks to rooftop solar systems installed at …

California becomes first US state to mandate solar on homes

<b>California has become the first US state to mandate solar panels on new homes and apartment buildings built after 1 January, 2020.</b><p>The California Energy Commission unanimously approved the plan, making it the state's next big step towards ending greenhouse gas emissions.<p>State law already requires …

Solar Power

Global warming is melting Antarctic ice from below | John Abraham

We all know intuitively that in a warmer world there will be less ice. And, since the North and South Pole regions contain lots of ice, anyone who wants to see evidence of climate change can look there.<p>But beyond this simplistic view, things can get pretty complex. First, it’s important to …

Global Warming

The Results of a 100,000-Person Quantum Experiment Seem To Violate Einstein’s Theory of Local Realism

The largest participatory experiment in quantum physics is helping physicists better understand the nature of reality by eliminating free will from the equation.<p>When you close your eyes, you don’t assume that the world is no longer there simply because you can’t see it. Similarly, everything we …