It's a simple but powerful concept. If everyone devoted just some of the time and energy they devote to social media to making changes in our behavior, we could change the planet.
It sounds a little creepy, evoking images of unwitting fish following a robotic swimmer just like Picard was drawn into the Borg Collective. But the experiment has a warm and fuzzy heart — to understand why and how fish operate in schools to potentially guide them away from environmental disasters or hazards in the wild.
Pollution glue may sound like a joke, but it is real and it's being deployed in London in a bid to clean up one of Europe's dirtiest cities. The glue is really a dust suppressant solution sprayed on some of the city's busiest streets to keep airborne particulates to a minimum.
As cities across the globe stretch their limits to meet the needs of seven billion people, often wildlife habitats are displaced along the way. Fortunately, there are those who are thinking about innovative ways to create new environments to preserve wildlife. One such idea is the "Sea Tree," a giant self-sustaining eco-structure designed to rise out water, serving as a haven for flora and fauna only.
Rather than sending divers into the Pacific to check for contaminants leaking from Fukushima, it would be great if we had an undersea robot that could safely do such a job. The SHOAL Robotic Fish may be exactly the solution the Japanese government has been looking for.
In the 80s and 90s, a lot of effort was put into banning chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, a nasty little family of organic compounds that like to eat the ozone that's protecting us all from dying of sunburns. A couple decades later, we're just starting to see this proactive environmentalism begin to pay off.
With some good tunes and and your iPod cranked up, it's easy to become oblivious to your surroundings. Just yesterday, a young New Jersey boy was tragically killed when he couldn't hear an oncoming train's horn due to his blasting iPod. Now there's an app that still lets you crank up the music, but also lets essential sounds from your environment get through.
Last time we checked in with BP's ongoing efforts to stop the terrible leak 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, the company was taking a pair of industrial sheers to some tubes, and lowering a "cap" into place. Turns out it worked pretty well.
Solar panels are generally big, ugly things that you stick on a building not for beautification purposes, but for ecological purposes. Well, these glass pyramid solar cells help you out on both fronts. Developed by the Center for Architecture Science...
There's all sorts of buzz going around on the internet today about the Chevy Volt and the 230 mpg rating it's getting from the government. But when you look at how that number was reached, you'll see that it's not...