Science & Technology

The $62.5 billion e-waste opportunity

February 9, 2019

Electronic waste (“e-waste”) offers a multi-billion dollar business opportunity.

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How AI can help the beach plastic clean-up

June 4, 2018

It’s massive, it’s multi-dimensional and it’s just around the corner …   A new science-led project is using  drones to survey plastic waste on our beaches and waterways. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being put to good use helping us clean up our oceans. The project is led by the British Science Association and charity The Plastic […]

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Researchers discover wood-based fire-resistant material

March 15, 2018

Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a wood-based material that outperforms almost all other heat insulators and costs about $7 a metre to manufacture. “Nanowood” is created by stripping away all the filler material in wood, leaving just the fibres. This is achieved by exposing wood to sodium hydroxide, sodium sulphite and hydrogen […]

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Positive Earth news: electric supercar does 250mph

March 13, 2018

0-60 in 1.85 seconds. No one’s gonna be rude about electric cars again   You won’t be able to kick sand in it’s face. It will be in a neighbouring country before you’ve even filled your bucket with sand. Not to mention a top speed of 258 mph – no idea what I’d do with […]

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Electric cars – why the doomsayers were wrong

July 20, 2017

Today I’m going to talk about two “bugbears” of environmental campaigners, plastic & motor cars. 1. Plastic Beauty product retailer Lush take back their plastic gift vouchers and melt them down to make other goods. They maybe only take a few pounds of plastic a year. But the point is, they are leading the way. […]

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Why we should be more optimistic on climate change

July 11, 2017

A number of years ago I was at a friend’s house listening to records. “One day” he told me “you’ll be able to switch on your TV and choose exactly what film to watch, what music to listen to.” At the time, this was the most implausible, futuristic thing I’d ever heard. I need hardly […]

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Battery powered cars – now who’s laughing?

July 7, 2017

Carmaker Volvo has fascinated the world by announcing yesterday that all Volvos launched from 2019 will have an electric motor. Wow! That’s a world away from the beloved Volvo tanks I used to own in byegone days. Meanwhile car-making giant VW has unveiled its all-electric research car with a range of 250km and even robots […]

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