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Cheap hydrogen fuel was a failed promise. But its time may have arrived.

Hydrogen fuel cells were supposed to be the next big thing. Their promise peaked during the gas crisis of the 1970s as a clean energy source to power …

Clean Energy

At Last! A Vitamin That Can Make Your Blood Vessels Younger

Could an aid in fighting heart disease be waiting on the shelves on your local grocery store?<p>Heart disease in all its forms continues to be the top …

Research

Mystery of sea nomads' amazing ability to freedive is solved

The secret behind the ability of a group of “sea nomads” in Southeast Asia to hold their breath for extraordinary periods of time while freediving to hunt fish has finally been revealed – and it’s down to evolution.<p>The Bajau people are able to dive tens of metres underwater with no conventional …

Biology

Scientists stumbled upon a plastic-eating bacterium—then accidentally made it stronger

Hungry, hungry enzymes.<p>The natural world is rapidly becoming a giant pile of plastic waste. There are literally six—<i>six!</i>—ungodly large garbage patches swelling in the ocean. Even areas as far removed from us as the Arctic are not safe. We’re slowly suffocating a lot of natural ecologies with our …

Sustainability

A Dutch 'boy genius' said he could get the ocean to clean itself. Turns out, he's right.

<b>In 2012 — when he was just 18 — Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat gave his first TEDx Talk about cleaning up the ocean .</b><p>In his talk, he laid …

Pollution

Radical Plant Hypothesis Blames Dinosaur Extinction on 'Biotic Revenge'

Don't blame it all on the asteroid.<p>The dinosaurs that reigned between 66 and 247 million years ago were massive — some even heavier the space shuttle</i> …

Ancient Vikings Used Crystals to Navigate in a Surprisingly Legitimate Way

Sunstones are unexpectedly accurate natural compasses.<p>For hundreds of years, Vikings were the masters of the seas, controlling the northern Atlantic …

Huge Sperm Whale Reduced to Empty Carcass After Ingesting 64 Lbs of Plastic

The ocean's trash problem is getting out of hand.<p>Indigestion can be crippling, leaving one toilet-bound for days. In the ocean, however, it can send …

There's Mounting Evidence The African Continent Is Splitting in Two

A huge crack has appeared in Kenya, and it's growing.<p>A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western …

Meet Your Interstitium, A Newfound 'Organ'

With all that's known about human anatomy, you wouldn't expect doctors to discover a new body part in this day and age. But now, researchers say …

Research

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Isn’t What You Think it Is

It’s not all bottles and straws—the patch is mostly abandoned fishing gear.<p>The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the world’s largest collection of floating trash—and the most famous. It lies between Hawaii and California and is often described as “larger than Texas,” even though it contains not a …

WHO launches health review after microplastics found in 90% of bottled water

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water after a new analysis of some of the world’s most popular bottled water brands found that more than 90% contained tiny pieces of plastic. A previous study also found high levels of …

Pollution

8 (New) Energy Efficient Materials Architects Should Know

Whether architects are trying to meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge or pursuing their own mission to save energy, they have an opportunity to …

McDonald's Just Made a Stunning Announcement That Will Completely Change the Future of Fast Food | Inc.com

While I don't eat at McDonald's very often anymore (the few times I eat a burger in any given year, my place of choice is In-N-Out), I have unwrapped plenty of Quarter Pounders with Cheese, Egg McMuffins, and other delectable McTreats in my time.<p>McDonald's sells a tremendous amount of food each …

Sustainability

Solar-powered floating rig can harvest hydrogen from seawater

Hydrogen is a clean fuel source, but current methods of producing it, often by converting natural gas, can undo any environmental benefit. Producing …

A power plant joining the grid in 2018 burns natural gas with no emissions

Trending Renewable<p>A welcome new energy trend has emerged in recent years: traditional fossil fuels appear to be on the way out, while renewable …

English rivers polluted by powerful insecticides, first tests reveal

Rivers in England are contaminated with powerful insecticides, new testing has revealed, increasing concerns over the impact of the toxic chemicals on fish and birds.<p>Neonicotinoids were banned from use on flowering crops in the European Union in 2013 due to the harm they cause to bees and other …

Pollution

We Now Know Why Corals Keep Eating Plastic And It's Worrying

There's some ingredient they really like.<p>Ocean plastic is an indiscriminate hazard. It harms fish and kills seabirds, which wash up with bellies full …

World's Largest Laser Could Solve Our Energy Problems

You’re probably familiar with lasers and you might even have a laser pointer lying around at home which fits nicely in your hands. But now, imagine a laser that is the size of three (American) football pitches. Pretty hard to imagine, right? This huge laser does exist though. It lives in the …

Physics

Want to help the bees? Keep these out of your garden.

Three-fourths of the world’s honey contains neonicotinoids.<p>Entomologist Vera Krischik has a bee and butterfly garden bursting with Mexican sunflowers, goldenrod, salvia and black-eyed susans. But when she has problems with aphids or Japanese beetles, she’s careful to get rid of them responsibly.<p>“We …

Ecology

This Online Tool Generates High-Quality Geographic Maps of Data in Seconds

Have you ever had to create a map for your project, thinking you could get it done within 30 minutes, but then spent an entire afternoon on it? …

Scientists say "ecological armageddon" is imminent due to massive insect deaths

Dropping Like Flies<p>The amount of flying insects living in Germany has dropped precipitously over the past 25 years, according to a new study. Dozens …

Wire-bristle BBQ brush incident reports more than double

A surgeon who has had to treat patients injured after swallowing wire bristles from a barbecue brush says Health Canada should be moving more quickly …

Earthquake-resistant concrete keeps walls from falling

While we may hear about ways of constructing new buildings to make them earthquake-resistant, what about all the buildings that are standing already? …

Penguins starving to death is a sign that something’s very wrong in the Antarctic

The awful news that all but two penguin chicks have starved to death out of a colony of almost 40,000 birds is a grim illustration of the enormous pressure Antarctic wildlife is under. The causes of this devastating event are complex, from a changing climate to local sea-ice factors, but one thing …

Conservation

Picture Guide to Common and Less-Common Minerals

Identify Your Specimens with This Master Photo Guide<p>If you're interested in rock collecting, you know that rocks you find in the real world rarely …

Jewelry

Climate change could shut down the major current that brings warm water to the Atlantic

While not as extreme as the doomsday scenario portrayed in the movie <i>The Day After Tomorrow</i>, such a shutdown could cause wintertime temperatures to plummet by an estimated 7 degrees Celsius or more in northwestern Europe and shift rainfall patterns across the globe.<p>Many previous climate simulations …

Brilliant zero-energy air conditioner in India is beautiful and functional

New Delhi-based Ant Studio made a zero-electricity air conditioner to combat the brutally hot summers in India’s capital. Built for a DEKI …

The great nutrient collapse

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.<p>Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D. at …

University of Washington

Incredible Algae Dome absorbs sun and CO2 to produce superfood and oxygen

Industrial agriculture is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions – but what if there was a way to sustainably produce food while solving some of …