January 2020

The Fractured Future of Browser Privacy

Better anti-tracking measures have become the norm for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and other modern browsers. But they still disagree on how exactly they should work.

30/01/2020 Wired

France passes landmark law to stop unsold goods being thrown away

France is to ban designer clothes and luxury goods companies from destroying unsold or returned items under a wide-ranging anti-waste law passed by parliament on Thursday.

30/01/2020 The Guardian

Pill with tiny needle for painless injections passes first human trial

A pill with a tiny needle that painlessly injects drugs directly into the intestine could replace conventional injections

30/01/2020 NewScientist

Lungs 'magically' heal damage from smoking

The effect has even been seen in people who had smoked for 40 years.

29/01/2020 BBC

Building High-Rises Out of Wood Can Help Save the Planet

Concrete and steel come with massive emissions. So let's ditch them and build towers out of wood. Yes, wood.

27/01/2020 Wired

A car-free future? How UK cities are moving towards a pedestrian age

With York announcing plans to ban private vehicles from its centre, Colin Drury asks: is it a blueprint for a better urban life?

26/01/2020 The Independent

How Super Sniffer Dogs Are Helping Detect Disease Around The World

Our canine buddies can do more than play fetch. Turns out dogs' incredible sense of smell is a secret weapon in medicine.

25/01/2020 NPR

Zero-carbon hydrogen injected into gas grid for first time in groundbreaking UK trial

Zero-carbon hydrogen has been injected into a UK gas network for the first time in a groundbreaking trial that could help to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

24/01/2020 The Guardian

How to Make Snake Venom Without Any Snakes

Lab-grown glands can now produce realistic cocktails of toxins, which could help address one of the world’s biggest and most neglected health crises.

23/01/2020 The Atlantic

Climate-friendly heating: How to stay warm without fossil fuels

Many countries have heating systems that still run on coal, oil and gas. But relying on these fossil fuels to keep us warm through winter adds to CO2 emissions. So what are some of the climate-friendly alternatives?

22/01/2020 Deutsche Welle

New solar power source and storage developed

Tie-up of flexible solar film and energy storage aims to take homes and business off-grid.

21/01/2020 BBC

Breakthrough discovery could lead to 'one-size-fits-all' cancer treatment

New type of T-Cells can recognise and kill most types of cancer

20/01/2020 The Independent

China moves to phase out single-use plastics

China is stepping up restrictions on the production, sale and use of single-use plastic products, according to the state planner, as it seeks to tackle one of the country’s biggest environmental problems.

19/01/2020 The Guardian

'What the hell is that?': Brewery uses algae to reduce carbon emissions

Young Henrys has installed a 400-litre 'bioreactor' of algae at its Newtown brewery to reduce carbon emissions from its beer production.

18/01/2020 Sydney Morning Herald

How Nottingham is racing to be the UK's first carbon neutral city

Transport, housing and energy use all being transformed in bid to hit zero emissions by 2028

18/01/2020 The Independent

Factbox: Big Tech and their carbon pledges

Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it would take out of the atmosphere as much carbon as the company had ever produced, joining U.S. tech giants in setting ambitious goals for combating climate change.

16/01/2020 Reuters

Colgate launches vegan-certified toothpaste in recyclable tube

Colgate has launched a new toothpaste which is being billed as the first of a kind because it comes in a recyclable tube. Toothpaste tubes have traditionally been impossible to recycle because they are made from a mixture of plastic and aluminium.

14/01/2020 The Guardian

Mushrooms and orange peel: could biotech clean up the building industry?

Cocoa husks, dried orange peel, ground blue pea flowers: the ingredients read like a tasting menu. They are, in fact, waste products that are used to make Orb – a sustainable building material that is carbon neutral.

11/01/2020 The Guardian

The Omni Processor: Turning Sewage Into Drinking Water in Senegal (and Beyond?)

Taking the idea of one man's trash being another man's treasure to new lengths, the "omni processor"

11/01/2020 Reset.org

Japanese billionaire giving away £7m to his Twitter followers as 'social experiment'

Fashion tycoon wants to spark 'serious debate' about basic universal income

10/01/2020 The Independent

Progress On Lung Cancer Drives Historic Drop In U.S. Cancer Death Rate

The U.S. cancer death rate dropped more than 2% between 2016 and 2017, the biggest single-year drop ever, according to the American Cancer Society. Better treatment for lung cancer is a factor.

08/01/2020 NPR

The Superpowers of Super-Thin Materials

In materials science, 2-D is the new 3-D.

07/01/2020 New York Times

Transforming a symbol of colonialism into a space for African art

Togo's Palais De Lome, once home to German and French colonial rulers, is now home to modern pan-African art.

07/01/2020 Al Jazeera

Medics celebrate success 'beyond our wildest dreams' on haemophilia 

British medics say they have achieved results “beyond our wildest dreams” in efforts to treat the most serious form of haemophilia.

05/01/2020 Telegraph

A new battery could keep your phone charged for five days

An ultra-high capacity lithium-sulphur battery that could keep a smartphone charged for five days may pave the way for cheaper electric cars

03/01/2020 NewScientist

Denmark sets record by sourcing nearly half its power from wind energy

Over 47 per cent of energy was generated by wind turbines in 2019

03/01/2020 The Independent