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Energetic extract

Wine and shrimps are an ideal combination, particular in connection with chitin. These carbohydrates from crustacean shells aren’t just suitable for conserving foods; their potential is vast. Now, a research team from Maryland University has developed an electrolyte gel with chitosan - a bio-polymer extracted from chitin - for use in zinc batteries. In tests, their new battery showed...

Mature combination

Making egg and meat substitutes means having the right ingredients in the right combination. Which is why an Israeli firm’s latest platform uses artificial intelligence to determine how natural plants can be interbred to create new food products. Taking into account food producers' requests concerning nutritional value, texture and taste, along with cultivation circumstances, the system combs a database...

Incremental development

New beaches are being made from old glass bottles, while egg shells morph into tiles for home. Now an LA startup is using recycled plastic to create houses with up to 80㎡ of living space. Polymers, 60% of which come from plastic bottles and food packaging, are processed to form a mass which is 3D-printed into a simple shape....

Natural spin

Willow- and banana plant fibres are already making their way in the fashion industry. Now, a Dutch startup is using some of the 72 million kilograms of human hair waste produced in the EU each year to make textiles. First, hair collected from salons is sorted and washed. Next it’s spun into yarn on traditional spinning wheels from which...

Stabilising solution

Solar module dust can be removed as if by magic. But storage is key to expedite clean energy use. Now, an Australian startup is using the research findings of its professor founder to make batteries more sustainable and cost-effective. Unlike other water-based electrolytes, the batteries’ conductive liquid doesn’t dissolve into its inactive components at voltages of 1.2 or more....

Realised reduction

Biodegradable jeans decompose fully within 6 months. And now, two parents from Oregon have developed baby shoes that dissolve in boiling water. Like these founders before them, their startup aims to reduce textile waste. The soft shoes are suitable for babies up to 1 year old, and are made from silk fabric coated with biodegradable plastic. Sturdy and machine-washable...

Full indulgence

Mobile mushroom farms help save on delivery channels and packaging. Now, to reduce the millions of disposable cups used daily, a startup from Melbourne has developed a tasty alternative to conventional takeaway tea and coffee. Their edible cups are reminiscent of ice-cream cones. They are made from local oats, grain and rye plus coconut oil, sugar and salt. Once...

Airy access

Covering California's canal system with solar panels will save on valuable water resources. A Tunisian startup, meanwhile, has developed a solar-powered device that turns wet air into water. In high-humidity areas where clean drinking water is scarce, the firm's metre-high machine could produce up to 30 litres per day. First, air is sucked into the machine's head before being...

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