Science & Technology

How AI can help the beach plastic clean-up

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 […]

Science & Technology

Researchers discover wood-based fire-resistant material

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 […]