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Revitalising treatment

Implanted visual cells help the retina regenerate. Now, a Brazilian marine biologist is working on regenerating entire coral landscapes. Her secret? Probiotics. As well...

Blooming business

Flags embedded with seeds are creating new crops in India. Now, a startup from Kanpur is recycling plastic-wrapped flower waste that would otherwise end...

Timely protection

Meat-free pet food is already available. But insects aren’t so popular with fruit and veg. Now, a team from NC State University has developed...

Meaningful mix

Potatoes can flourish thanks to waste from banana plants. Now, a research team based at North Carolina State University has turned its attention to...

Smart relief

Pavements can be enhanced by integrated solar modules and charging tiles. Now, researchers from the University of California are planning to cover the state’s...

Suitable yield

Converting salt water into drinking water, and accelerating plant growth with coloured light can help provide for more people. But according to a team...

Long-lasting bonds

Flexible building design is good for the environment. Traditional cement production is not as it's responsible for 8% of global CO2 emissions. A statistic that...

Offline conversion

Banana and orange peel can be made into hydrogen and biochar in the blink of an eye. Now, thanks to an Irish startup’s innovation,...

Natural palette

Biodegradable markers are a highlight. Environmentally-friendly colouring agents are a rarity in the textiles industry - but perhaps these will change that. Cue a...

Efficient entanglement

These spoons double as snacks after use. Now a startup from Hamburg is working on sustainable single-use packaging. Key to their initiative: agricultural waste...

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