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Out of space

A 4G network could soon be on the moon. And speaking of space, an American startup is bringing SMART and environmentally-friendly tyres developed by NASA back down to earth. Made from an alloy comprising nickel and titanium, the space agency designed the tyre to withstand rough terrain and extreme temperatures. Similar to chainmail, metallic wires are interwoven to form...

Sustainable extension

Not everyone needs to wait so long for a hair appointment thanks to a Toronto startup. But those using hair extensions are often obliged to make do with plastic products. A team of Black female founders in America is hoping to change that, however, and has developed a plant-based alternative to traditional hair extensions. In place of a synthetic...

Beating the odds

Creamy ice-cream and nutrient-rich milk alternatives have been made without animal products for years. Recently, a team of researchers from Copenhagen University has been focusing on how to make fat-free cream, striking lucky with their mix of water, milk protein, a thickener and lactic acid bacteria. The latter behave like the fat globules present in dairy-based whipped cream and...

Structured simplicity

Magnetic nanoparticles can extract lithium from industrial wastewater. And a research team in Princeton has developed a material which can remove salt and microplastics with at least 98% efficiency. Inspiration came in the form of a sandwich. First, the team mixed bread dough with carbon, varying the recipe by reducing the number of ingredients each time, until eventually only...

Luxurious alternative

Fish remains could replace the plastic used in packaging and clothes. Snakes, crocodiles and lizards are reared in animal farms to meet the luxury goods industry’s demand for exotic leather. Now, a Portuguese startup is hoping to prevent some 2 million animals each year from ending up as watch straps, shoes or bags. Animal cells are taken once from...

Adjusted distribution

Substantial crowds can support sustainability. Large quantities of data stored in the cloud, however, can cause high CO2 emissions. By 2025, almost 50% of all data may be stored on servers across the globe. Which is why a London-based startup has developed a software allowing companies to measure their digital footprint and take appropriate action to reduce it. A...

Measurable choice

Goal-setting can motivate people to undertake climate action. So too entertaining tips. Now with its new IT solution, a startup from Norway is helping companies to bring climate action directly to their clients. Integration into software or apps means offsetting measures can be initiated upon purchase. During the buying process the resultant carbon footprint is calculated and clients can...

Heated atmosphere

Sand retains its warmth for months, just as white-hot heat can generate electricity. Now a venue manager from Glasgow has discovered another means of producing energy, providing climate control by using the body heat of venue-goers. To cool rooms, special ceiling-mounted devices collect heat from the air and transfuse it into fluid. Using boreholes, this, in turn, is funnelled...

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