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Newlight Technologies Produces AirCarbon Plastic From CO2

Newlight Technologies Produces AirCarbon Plastic From CO2 | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"In recent years, the desire to emulate botanical processes for environmental benefit has inspired "design similes," such as cities that behave like forests, buildings that act as trees, or products that operate like plants. Although such comparisons serve to promote ideal goals, they are difficult to put into actual practice. Irvine, Calif.-based Newlight Technologies has found a way to achieve the latter objective, with a plastic that is made by mimicking the material production method of plants. AirCarbon is a type of polyester that is made from air rather than oil. Like plants, Newlight's "GHG-to-Plastic" process captures CO2 from the air, and isolates the carbon and oxygen elements. The company then polymerizes C and O and reassembles them into a long-chain thermopolymer. The resulting plastic is biodegradable, recyclable in multiple stages, and has programmable compostability."

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Eco-cement, The Cheapest Carbon Sequestration on The Planet

Eco-cement, The Cheapest Carbon Sequestration on The Planet | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Cement (and the concretes made with it) are about to become carbon negative – absorbing more carbon that they produce. It will happen by mimicking nature – in this case, the process through which marine organisms build shells".

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Frogs, Foam and Fuel: UC Researchers Convert Solar Energy to Sugars

Frogs, Foam and Fuel: UC Researchers Convert Solar Energy to Sugars | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

Engineers from the University of Cincinnati devise a foam that captures energy and removes excess carbon dioxide from the air — thanks to semi-tropical frogs.

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The Urban Greenprint: Biomimicry Applied to a City

The Urban Greenprint: Biomimicry Applied to a City | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Take a moment. Scrunch your eyes closed and imagine your ideal city. What do you want your city to look like in 50 years? Are you conjuring up images of tree-lined, pedestrian-friendly street-scapes enlivened with the sounds of kids, birds and restored streams? Are there more bikes than cars, is the air clean, and is food being grown nearby? In our experience, most people we ask imagine a healthy ecosystem as being part of an ideal, vibrant community. The question is--how do we get there?"

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New Nature Inspired Chemistry Curricula Released :: Biomimicry 3.8

New Nature Inspired Chemistry Curricula Released :: Biomimicry 3.8 | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

... “Concrete without Quarries,” [is] a lab geared to help middle-school students learn valuable chemistry lessons based on life-friendly practices. The lab highlights alternatives to the energy-intensive and often-hazardous processes used in traditional school chemistry labs—the same processes used by industrial chemistry labs

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Cyclen – CO2-Removing Catalyst Which Mimics Natural Enzymes

Cyclen – CO2-Removing Catalyst Which Mimics Natural Enzymes | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

"Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers came up with Cyclen - a small-molecule catalyst that mimics the behavior of natural enzymes which handle CO2."

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