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GrowUp's Aquaponic Urban Farm Produces Sustainable Fish and Vegetables in a Recycled Shipping Container

Last week London-based GrowUp unveiled their small urban farm, which produces sustainable vegetables and fish through vertical gardening and …

Michael Jantzen’s Solar Eco-Aquaponic House is a Self-Sustaining Urban Farm

Michael Jantzen’s Eco-Aquaponic House is a cylindrical steel structure that creates a self-sustaining environment for growing fish and plants – waste …

Aquaponics

Schools for Sustainability Witnesses Water Purification at the Omega Center

Close your eyes and imagine a place where harmful chemicals, pollution and toxins are nonexistent. In this haven, drinking water is completely pure, and fresh local food is prepared on the scene. As you walk through vibrant green fields, you are greeted by wildlife, blossoming flora, and friendly …

What is the world’s scarcest material?

Should we worry about natural resources running out? As Rachel Nuwer discovers, that’s the wrong way of looking at a far more complex problem.<p>Of all the world’s materials, which one will “run out” first? The more we consume as a society, the more we hear about how vital ores and minerals are …

Rare Earth

Five of the most radical car-free city experiments

Paris is the latest city resorting to drastic and controversial traffic-restriction measures to curb air pollution. What else are cities doing to cut down smog?<p>Plagued by record levels of air pollution last week, authorities in the French capital decreed that cars whose number plates end in an odd …

Want to learn quicker? Use your body

Waving your arms, wriggling your fingers and striding around a room can help you learn faster, says Colin Barras. How does it work?<p>Ever got to grips with a problem? Picked up a new skill? Grasped a difficult concept? The language of learning is full of references to parts of the body outside the …

University of California

The Orgasmatron: Strange tale of a pleasure implant

Pleasure-inducing implants can induce orgasms at the push of a button, but as Frank Swain discovers, there’s a curious history behind this technology.<p>This month, news outlets worldwide issued breathless reports of a wondrous implant that causes orgasms at the touch of a button. The Orgasmatron, …

Hydrogen cars: Ready for the roads?

The technology for vehicles powered by fuel cells is established, and is set for market. However, the biggest challenge will be to make sure the fuel is available when the cars are available.<p>Chris Hostetter, group vice president of strategic planning for Toyota Motor Sales, believes the automotive …

The electric car’s biggest threat may be its battery

The battery-powered electric car is making inroads, but there’s one major problem – the battery itself. What’s needed to make the green motor go mainstream?<p>Visit a super-wealthy enclave in California like La Jolla or a super-techy one like Mountain View, and you will get a glimpse of the future. …

Electric Vehicles

The world’s most endangered food

Many varieties of fruit, meat and vegetable are disappearing from our plates, says Rachel Nuwer. Why is this happening, and can we stop the rot?<p>The Svalbard Global Seed Vault could be mistaken for a set piece from a futuristic Stanley Kubrick film. It juts out of the side of a mountain in Svalbard …

What if we could rebuild New York City?

New York has, over the last few centuries, become one of the world’s most densely packed cities. But what if you could redraw the city’s map – and build it from scratch?<p>If we were designing New York today, how different would it look?<p>The new New York City would balance the relationship between the …

The people with ‘animal powers’

By augmenting their bodies and minds to acquire animal-like abilities, some people are trying to sense a world that most humans cannot experience, says Frank Swain.<p>At the end of World War I, the aristocratic Horace Ridler returned to Britain from Mesopotamia a changed man. Turning his back on his …

How human culture influences our genetics

The way we eat, cook, explore and interact with others can influence our genes, says Jason G Goldman. So how will modern culture shape our children?<p>You shouldn't be able to drink milk. Your ancestors couldn't. It is only in the last 9,000 years that human adults have gained that ability without …

Why all babies love peekaboo

Peekaboo is a game played over the world, crossing language and cultural barriers. Why is it so universal? Perhaps because it’s such a powerful learning tool.<p>One of us hides our eyes and then slowly reveals them. This causes peals of laughter from a baby, which causes us to laugh in turn. Then we …

Reading the minds of the ‘dead’

Thousands of patients remain trapped in a vegetative state between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them, as Roger Highfield reports.<p>“Imagine you wake up, locked inside a box,” says Adrian Owen. "It's a perfect fit, down to every last one of your fingers and toes. It's a strange …

The Brain

‘I swapped bodies with someone’

What if you could experience life in another person’s body? A few have done so, discovers Rose Eveleth, and they report profound emotional changes.<p>If you could be anybody in the world, who would it be? This is usually just a theoretical question. The idea of suddenly taking the form of your …

How faecal transplantation is gaining credibility

Many find the idea of faecal, or poo transplants disgusting. However a growing body of evidence suggests this could be a lifesaver, as Bryn Nelson reports.<p>This is how far a mother will go.<p>Your daughter has been sick for more than four years with a severe autoimmune disease that has left her colon …

Does mixing alcoholic drinks cause hangovers?

Many people believe that mixing wine, beer and spirits causes nasty hangovers. Are they right? Claudia Hammond studies the evidence<p>"Grape or grain, but never the twain." So runs the old folk wisdom that advises against drinking wine or beer on the same night. It is far from uncommon to hear people …

Human hibernation: Secrets behind the big sleep

The extreme survival tricks of hibernating animals… and the occasional human… could help us overcome life-threatening injuries, as Frank Swain discovers.<p>Imagine it: you have been rushed into the emergency room and you are dying. Your injuries are too severe for the surgeons to repair in time. Your …

Why we need to make good processed food

Can we create meals that are both satisfying and enjoyable but more convenient and better tailored to our physical needs? Glenn Zorpette thinks so.<p>Processed food has a bad reputation: nutritionally bankrupt, and loaded with sugar, fat and salt. But it doesn’t have to be unhealthy, says Zorpette, …

Processed Food

How extreme isolation warps the mind

When people are isolated from human contact, their mind can do some truly bizarre things, says Michael Bond. Why does this happen?<p>Sarah Shourd’s mind began to slip after about two months into her incarceration. She heard phantom footsteps and flashing lights, and spent most of her day crouched on …

Ageing: The girls who never grow older

A handful of girls seem to defy one of the biggest certainties in life: ageing. Virginia Hughes reports on the families wrestling with a condition they can’t explain, and the scientist who believes that these children could hold the key to immortality.<p>Richard Walker has been trying to conquer …

The best way to win an argument

How do you change someone’s mind if you think you are right and they are wrong? Psychology reveals the last thing to do is the tactic we usually resort to.<p>You are, I'm afraid to say, mistaken. The position you are taking makes no logical sense. Just listen up and I'll be more than happy to …

Psychology

How insects could feed the food industry of tomorrow

Would you eat meat fed on maggots? Raising pigs, chickens and fish on insect larvae could change the way we farm animals, says Nic Fleming<p>Millions of maggots squirm over blackened pieces of fruit and bloody lumps of fetid flesh. A pungent stench of festering decay hovers over giant vats of …

Gorgeous Sustainably-Built Fall House Conforms to the Landscape in Big Sur

Sited on a cliff 250 feet above the Pacific Ocean near Big Sur, the Fall House is a sustainably-built vacation home that celebrates the rugged …

Our connection with food must shift from emotional to sustainable

Once upon a time, we ate when we were hungry. Today we eat when we are sad, happy, or semi-conscious on the sofa watching TV.<p>In developed countries food is no longer just about nourishment; it's about emotion. It fuels pleasure, it fuels guilt. And it fuels heart disease, diabetes, climate change …

USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

Last week at a meeting hosted by the White House, the USDA announced plans to host a competition encouraging architects, engineers, and builders to …

Carbon Emissions

Schmidt Hammer Lassen's Island School is a Sustainable Learning Landscape in Hong Kong

Schmidt Hammer Lassen just unveiled preliminary drawings for Hong Kong’s new Island School. Working in cooperation with Thomas Chow Architects, …

Elegant Folded Orikomi Lamps Support Sustainable Housing for Women in Mexico

Blaanc Borderless Architecture just unveiled a series of beautiful folded Orikomi paper lamps that are handmade in Portugal. The geometric shades …

Cilantro Purifies Drinking Water in Developing Countries Cheaply and Sustainably

No longer just a flavorful garnish, cilantro has taken center stage in studies that show how the leafy herb might be a new, low-cost solution to …