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The New Garden Tower - Powering a Fresh Food Revolution

The New Garden Tower - Powering a Fresh Food Revolution | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Grow 50 plants in just 4 square feet -- from almost anywhere. Fueled by vermi-composting, Garden Tower 2 is a revolution in fresh food!
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...funds raised in 33 minutes. wow.

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Solar-Powered Glowing Bicycle Path In Netherlands Inspired By Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Solar-Powered Glowing Bicycle Path In Netherlands Inspired By Van Gogh’s Starry Night | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde has created a beautiful and innovative glowing bike path that, when illuminated at night by glowing pebbles and LEDs, looks like Van Gogh's famous Starry Night painting. The kilometer-long bike path is located in Brabant, the Dutch county where Van Gogh was born and raised.
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...a futuristic, beautiful and useful idea? or additional light pollution and waste of resources?  - What do you think?

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Nation's 'personality' influences its environmental stewardship, shows new study

Nation's 'personality' influences its environmental stewardship, shows new study | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Countries with higher levels of compassion and openness score better when it comes to environmental sustainability, says research. "We used to think that personality only mattered for individual outcomes," says the author, "but we're finding that population differences in personality characteristics have many large-scale consequences."
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Salt water-powered electric car prototype approved for roads in Europe

Salt water-powered electric car prototype approved for roads in Europe | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
A company that claims to have developed the first electric car powered by salt water says it has now been approved for testing on public roads in the EU.
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sexy.

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Goats better than chemicals for curbing invasive marsh grass

Goats better than chemicals for curbing invasive marsh grass | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it

...Herbivores, not herbicides, may be the most effective way to combat the spread of Phragmites australis, one of the most invasive plants now threatening East Coast salt marshes. A new study finds allowing small herds of goats and other livestock to graze in severely affected marshes can reduce phragmites cover from 94 percent to 21 percent and help restore natural species diversity, marsh function, and valuable shoreline views of the water.

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:-) gotta love the goats.

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Rubber meets the road with new carbon, battery technologies

Rubber meets the road with new carbon, battery technologies | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it

ndsRecycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar, say researchers. By modifying the microstructural characteristics of carbon black, a substance recovered from discarded tires, a team is developing a better anode for lithium-ion batteries.

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...this sounds very exciting!!!

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Novel recycling methods: Fluorescent fingerprint of plastics

Novel recycling methods: Fluorescent fingerprint of plastics | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it

eeA new process has been developed that will greatly simplify the process of sorting plastics in recycling plants. The method enables automated identification of polymers, facilitating rapid separation of plastics for re-use.

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...very promising technology... hopefully this will increase the speed of recycling, resulting in cost reduction, higher effectiveness, and overall increase of the amount of recycled material >> less plastic in the environment, and especially the oceans.

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Researcher Grows Durable “Bio Bricks” From Sand, Bacteria, and Urea

Researcher Grows Durable “Bio Bricks” From Sand, Bacteria, and Urea | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it

veryBetter Bricks can be "grown" from sand, common bacteria, calcium chloride, and urea (yes, the stuff in your pee) instead of being baked, which consumes a ton of energy.

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very exciting building material

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Steam energy from the sun: New spongelike structure converts solar energy into steam

Steam energy from the sun: New spongelike structure converts solar energy into steam | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
A new material structure generates steam by soaking up the sun. The structure -- a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam -- is a porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure's surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material's pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.
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A 30-year history of the future

A 30-year history of the future | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last (absurd? brilliant?) prediction for the coming 30 years.
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...I would debate calling people living in rural areas "primitive", but Nicholas prediction of the future is fascinating for sure...

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Winds of change for the shipping sector

Winds of change for the shipping sector | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it

yWind propulsion such as kites and Flettner rotors could offer a viable route to help cut carbon dioxide emissions in the shipping sector, according to researchers.

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... I sincerely hope this will get implemented as soon as possible, since the shipping industry has a non-neglectable impact, to say the least.

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Neuroscience's grand question: How do neurons regenerate without losing memory?

Neuroscience's grand question: How do neurons regenerate without losing memory? | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
A new theoretical model to understand how cells monitor and self-regulate their properties in the face of continual turnover of cellular components has been developed by neuroscientists. How the continuous rebuilding of neurons' "parts" takes place without affecting our ability to think, remember, learn or otherwise experience the world is one of neuroscience's biggest questions.
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interesting question indeed

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3-D bioprinting builds a better blood vessel

3-D bioprinting builds a better blood vessel | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it

weThe tangled highway of blood vessels that twists and turns inside our bodies, delivering essential nutrients and disposing of hazardous waste to keep our organs working properly has been a conundrum for scientists trying to make artificial vessels from scratch. Now a team has made headway in fabricating blood vessels using a three-dimensional bioprinting technique.

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We are likely to see a lot more 3-D printing and bio-engineering news in the future.

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New plastic that disappears when you want it to

New plastic that disappears when you want it to | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Plastic populates our world through everything from electronics to packaging and vehicles. Once discarded, it resides almost permanently in landfills and oceans. A new discovery holds scientific promise that could lead to a new type of plastic that can be broken down when exposed to a specific type of light and is reduced back to molecules, which could then be used to create new plastic.
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Panel-powered car under development

Panel-powered car under development | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it

This iA car powered by its own body panels could soon be driving on our roads after a recent breakthrough in nanotechnology research. Researchers have developed lightweight 'supercapacitors' that can be combined with regular batteries to dramatically boost the power of an electric car.


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victor g martinez's curator insight, November 7, 2014 11:49 AM

This is a very important news!

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Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures

Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Diverse plant communities are more successful and enable higher crop yields than pure monocultures, a research team has discovered. The scientists are convinced that the cultivation of crop mixtures in agriculture and forestry will play a key role in food safety in the future.
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It is essential to embrace diversity - in design, business, even in every day life... and this is scientifically proven across the board. Here an example from agricultural research...

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Smart, eco-friendly new battery made of seeds and pine resin

Smart, eco-friendly new battery made of seeds and pine resin | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Present-day lithium batteries are efficient but involve a range of resource and environmental problems. Using materials from alfalfa (lucerne seed) and pine resin and a clever recycling strategy, researchers have now come up with a highly interesting alternative.
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very awesome, indeed!

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Reducing pesticides, adding sound vibrations and boosting harvests

Reducing pesticides, adding sound vibrations and boosting harvests | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Scientists are experimenting with sound vibrations to replace pesticides. Adapting different eco-friendly methods they are able to boost harvests and open up a new chapter in sustainable farming.
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Death of the car: The tech behind Helsinki's ambitious plan to kill off private vehicles | ZDNet

Death of the car: The tech behind Helsinki's ambitious plan to kill off private vehicles | ZDNet | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it

raBy 2025, the Finnish capital will have transformed its public transport network – with the help from some clever analytics and more.

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radical(ly intriguing) idea! :-)

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8 Housewares Trends That Are Changing The Shopping Experience

8 Housewares Trends That Are Changing The Shopping Experience | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Were at the tipping point of profound changes in the Housewares market that affect product form and function, consumer behavior, brand identity and...
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Yrjö Sotamaa: "Papanek's Heritage - Design for a Real World" DFNR seminar 6.3.2012 - YouTube

Aalto University's World Design Capital 2012 programme seminar "Designing for New Realities", March 6th 2012. Video by KLOK, 2012.
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...interesting retrospective, not only into Papanek's thoughts, but more so in the global mindset out of which they were born... Especially in terms of the peace and environmental movement, we could use a lot more of the 60's and 70's spirit nowadays as well, IMHO

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Morphable surfaces cut air resistance: Golf ball-like dimples on cars may improve fuel efficiency

Morphable surfaces cut air resistance: Golf ball-like dimples on cars may improve fuel efficiency | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Testing over the years has proved that a golf ball’s irregular surface dramatically increases the distance it travels, because it can cut the drag caused by air resistance in half. Now researchers are aiming to harness that same effect to reduce drag on a variety of surfaces -- including domes that sometimes crumple in high winds, or perhaps even vehicles.
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Finland to become a model country for sustainable transport by 2020

Finland to become a model country for sustainable transport by 2020 | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Roads in Finland in 2020 will hum to the sound of low-emission vehicles running on renewable energy, electricity, hydrogen and sustainable biofuels. The share of public transport and car pooling in densely populated urban areas will increase. Mobility arranged through easy-to-use services will become a viable alternative to buying a private car.
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Finland is just an awesome country. Best education system in the world... and soon to be leading for sustainable transport as well... very nice.

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China today: Culprit, victim or last best hope for a global ecological civilization?

China today: Culprit, victim or last best hope for a global ecological civilization? | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it

"Any country aspiring a leadership role in 21st century should be aware that the majority of humankind will be negatively affected by climate change. A country that is causing havoc on their lands and people will lose the legitimacy of any claim for leadership, regardless of its economic or military strength. Thus for social, economic, environmental and geopolitical reasons, a rapid transition towards a sustainable economy, making use of all available means, is an urgent necessity, for Europe, the USA and not least for China," summarizes Dr. Spangenberg about the urgency of effective measures.China, from 2015 the world's biggest economy, is its worst polluter already. At the same time, it is the largest victim of environmental change, and the leading country in cleaning-up the environmental mess - the government has taken bold steps towards improvement. Could the largest polluter become the world's last best hope for establishing a global ecological civilization?

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...Dr. Spangenberg's summary is more universal than the article's title suggests: "Any country aspiring a leadership role in 21st century should be aware that the majority of humankind will be negatively affected by climate change. A country that is causing havoc on their lands and people will lose the legitimacy of any claim for leadership, regardless of its economic or military strength."

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Gecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfaces

Gecko-like adhesives now useful for real world surfaces | Sustainable Design Thinking | Scoop.it
The ability to stick objects to a wide range of surfaces such as drywall, wood, metal and glass with a single adhesive has been the elusive goal of many research teams across the world, but now a team inventors describe a new, more versatile version of their invention, Geckskin, that can adhere strongly to a wider range of surfaces, yet releases easily, like a gecko's feet.
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brilliant. don't miss to watch the video at the end of the article! :-)

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