September 2020

Robots and magnetic soap: scientists rethink oil spill clean-ups

Special sponges, magnetic soap and autonomous robots are among the latest wave of inventions aimed at tackling oil spills.

29/09/2020 The Guardian

New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster

A super-enzyme that degrades plastic bottles six times faster than before has been created by scientists and could be used for recycling within a year or two.

28/09/2020 The Guardian

How Taiwan's 'civic hackers' helped find a new way to run the country

The origin of one world always begins with its feet in another. And so it was in March 2014.

27/09/2020 The Guardian

LivingPANELS: New Green Wall Technology to Tackle the Heat Island Effect

A new type of "green wall" with a modular, simple to install design, a fully automatic irrigation system and much more - this is the result of a new European research project, and a promising step forward in much-needed urban adaptation to the…


Billionaire Chuck Feeney achieves goal of giving away his fortune

Chuck Feeney has achieved his lifetime ambition: giving away his $8bn (£6bn) fortune while he is still around to see the impact it has made.

19/09/2020 The Guardian

Scientists find 'secret molecule' that allows soil microbes to exhale electricity

Scientists found the 'secret molecule' that allows Geobacter microbes to exhale electrons over vast distances underground

18/09/2020 LiveScience

Device to curb microplastic emissions wins James Dyson award

A device that captures microplastic particles from tyres as they are emitted – and could help reduce the devastating pollution they cause – has won its designers a James Dyson award.

17/09/2020 The Guardian

First funeral held using ‘living coffin’ made of mushroom fibre

After months of testing, the first funeral has taken place in the Netherlands using a fast-composting “living coffin” made of mycelium, the mat of fibres that forms the underground part of fungi.

15/09/2020 The Guardian

'It's like family':Swedish housing experiment designed to cure loneliness

Erik Ahlsten is unequivocal. “This is the best accommodation I’ve ever had” His friend and neighbour Manfred Bacharach is equally enthusiastic. “I really like this way of living,” he says. “It’s very much my cup of tea.

15/09/2020 The Guardian

In pandemic, Nigerian teacher can ‘teach the whole world’

A teacher from a Lagos public school is helping students across the country, and internationally, learn math virtually during coronavirus restrictions that have prevented most children from returning to class in Nigeria

07/09/2020 Washington Post

The Ocean Farmers Trying to Save the World With Seaweed

In a cove in Bamfield, a coastal community in British Columbia, Canada, Louis Druehl steers his boat, The Kelp Express, a mile along the mountainous coastline. For 51 years, this boat has taken Druehl to the fortuitously named Kelp Bay where beneath…

04/09/2020 Time Magazine

'It’s going to be our way now': the guerrilla rewilder shaking up British farming

I am sleeping in a shepherd’s hut 30 metres from a dozen wildcats. It’s an unusual way to spend a Monday night, especially in rural Devon.

04/09/2020 The Guardian

Beavers, bison and returning beasts: Rewilding the UK

Rewilding is not about restoring the past, but about proactively seeking solutions for a world in environmental crisis.

03/09/2020 Al Jazeera

Dronecoria: Open Source DIY Drones on a Mission to Boost Reforestation

A Spanish startup has developed an open source drone kit that wants to help speed up reforestation efforts across the globe.