12:20 pm - Thu, Jul 31, 2014
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Solar Sponge Efficiently Makes Steam : 

Generating steam is enormously useful. Much of the world’s energy actually comes from steam—coal power plants heat up water to produce water vapor, which turns turbines to generate electricity. A new technology creates steam by harnessing solar energy, using a relatively cheap sponge-like material, and it does it with greater efficiency that ever previously achieved, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications. 
The researchers don’t claim the device could be used to create electricity, at least not yet. But it could relatively easily be scaled up to make fresh water out of salt water via distillation, for example, or to sterilize medical or food-processing equipment in areas of the world where electricity is hard to come by, said MIT researcher Hadi Ghasemi in a statement.

Solar Sponge Efficiently Makes Steam :

Generating steam is enormously useful. Much of the world’s energy actually comes from steam—coal power plants heat up water to produce water vapor, which turns turbines to generate electricity. A new technology creates steam by harnessing solar energy, using a relatively cheap sponge-like material, and it does it with greater efficiency that ever previously achieved, according to a study published in the journal Nature Communications

The researchers don’t claim the device could be used to create electricity, at least not yet. But it could relatively easily be scaled up to make fresh water out of salt water via distillation, for example, or to sterilize medical or food-processing equipment in areas of the world where electricity is hard to come by, said MIT researcher Hadi Ghasemi in a statement.

3:40 pm - Wed, Jul 30, 2014
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One innovative company has created a vending machine that’s dispensing help for both the environment and our furry friends.

The Turkish company Pugedon recently introduced a vending machine in Istanbul that releases food and water for the city’s stray dogs in exchange for recycled plastic bottles, Big Think reported. Once someone deposits their bottle at the top, food is released at the bottom. The Pugedon Smart Recycling Boxes operate at no charge to the city, and the recycled bottles cover the cost of the food.

The simple machine will provide a steady source of sustenance to the animals, who often rely on the area’s residents to feed them. It’s also bringing some positive change to a place where the fate of stray animals has not always been a happy one.

Check out the video:

2:39 pm
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Creative Carbon Scotland offers tools like the Green Arts Portal, an online system available for creative organizations to track their carbon footprint, as well as the Green Arts Initiative, a simple sustainability accreditation system provided to companies, offices, individuals and venues operating within the cultural sector.
The organization also hosts workshops, provides advice, and has a firm commitment to furthering research in the field of arts sustainability. For this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, Creative Carbon Scotland will be monitoring the carbon implications of the festival’s major exhibition Where do I end and you begin.  …  Data will be collected on the logistics of exhibition production, such as the travel and transportation of artworks and people, as well as the materials and energy used in the installation and running of the exhibition. 

More: Creative Carbon Scotland seeks to inspire connections between sustainability and the arts - SciArt in America

Creative Carbon Scotland offers tools like the Green Arts Portal, an online system available for creative organizations to track their carbon footprint, as well as the Green Arts Initiative, a simple sustainability accreditation system provided to companies, offices, individuals and venues operating within the cultural sector.

The organization also hosts workshops, provides advice, and has a firm commitment to furthering research in the field of arts sustainability.

For this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival, Creative Carbon Scotland will be monitoring the carbon implications of the festival’s major exhibition Where do I end and you begin.  …  Data will be collected on the logistics of exhibition production, such as the travel and transportation of artworks and people, as well as the materials and energy used in the installation and running of the exhibition. 

More: Creative Carbon Scotland seeks to inspire connections between sustainability and the arts - SciArt in America

2:31 pm
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Bringing a twist to the idea of a bag for life, the RNLI has made a messenger bag out of decommissioned life jackets. The RNLI work tirelessly around the country saving the lives of those who get in trouble at sea, and summer is one of their most busy periods.  
All the life jackets used have been worn by the brave volunteers at the RNLI during real sea rescues. 

More: A Bag for Life » Sea to Sky Lifestyle

Bringing a twist to the idea of a bag for life, the RNLI has made a messenger bag out of decommissioned life jackets. The RNLI work tirelessly around the country saving the lives of those who get in trouble at sea, and summer is one of their most busy periods.  

All the life jackets used have been worn by the brave volunteers at the RNLI during real sea rescues. 

More: A Bag for Life » Sea to Sky Lifestyle

12:20 pm - Sat, Jul 26, 2014
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This is a really thoughtful and engaging piece by Jenna Wortham:

By some measures, we are witnessing a rapid change in computing and the swift evolution of relationships between humans and automated helpers. A vision of the future is materializing before our very eyes, the development of networked helper bots that will manage every aspect of our lives, automating it and, theoretically, improving it by simplifying it.

But what happens when those devices go into disrepair — or worse, obsolescence — and their sleeker, faster successors go on sale, as part of the relentless cycle common among most major hardware companies?

Is smart garbage the next booming category of electronic waste?

3:51 pm - Fri, Jul 25, 2014
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Cool idea — and of course reminds me of The Uncollection! Love the idea of remixing what you own to replace logos, whether ours or something else!

Logo Removal Service takes discarded gimme shirts bedecked with sponsor logos, and carefully patches over them with new fabric, transforming them into amazing and abstract new one-of-a-kind garments.
They’ll also do custom work, covering over any stains, logos or graphics you want to disguise.
Take a Look // Logo Removal Service :: Never Any Repeats / Transform + Renew
 (via Upcycled t-shirts with patched-over logos - Boing Boing)

Cool idea — and of course reminds me of The Uncollection! Love the idea of remixing what you own to replace logos, whether ours or something else!

Logo Removal Service takes discarded gimme shirts bedecked with sponsor logos, and carefully patches over them with new fabric, transforming them into amazing and abstract new one-of-a-kind garments.

They’ll also do custom work, covering over any stains, logos or graphics you want to disguise.

Take a Look // Logo Removal Service :: Never Any Repeats / Transform + Renew

 (via Upcycled t-shirts with patched-over logos - Boing Boing)

12:20 pm - Thu, Jul 24, 2014
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if you have a second copy of something or an old book you know you’ll never flip through again, this neat little Photo Album DIY from Photojojo is worth putting on your crafts to-do list.
The basic idea is to ‘upcycle’ the book into a photo album by cutting out windows in select pages, taping those pages to the next page on three sides using double-sided tape, and then sliding your prints of choice into the newly-created slots.

More: DIY: Upcycle an Old Book Into a Neat Photo Album in a Few Easy Steps

significobs:

if you have a second copy of something or an old book you know you’ll never flip through again, this neat little Photo Album DIY from Photojojo is worth putting on your crafts to-do list.

The basic idea is to ‘upcycle’ the book into a photo album by cutting out windows in select pages, taping those pages to the next page on three sides using double-sided tape, and then sliding your prints of choice into the newly-created slots.

More: DIY: Upcycle an Old Book Into a Neat Photo Album in a Few Easy Steps

5:42 pm - Wed, Jul 23, 2014
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Germany-based designer Sandman recently created this beautiful upcycled studio lamp out of a vinyl record and a camera tripod.
More upcycling projects on their blog.

More: A Clever Upcycled Lamp Made Out of an Old Vinyl Record and a Camera Tripod

Germany-based designer Sandman recently created this beautiful upcycled studio lamp out of a vinyl record and a camera tripod.

More upcycling projects on their blog.

More: A Clever Upcycled Lamp Made Out of an Old Vinyl Record and a Camera Tripod

3:40 pm
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A conceptual design for a London skyscraper by Paris studio Chartier-Corbasson Architectes proposes using waste generated by workers already in the building to help construct new floors as demand grows.

More: Chartier-Corbasson Architectes’ Organic Skyscraper made from rubbish

A conceptual design for a London skyscraper by Paris studio Chartier-Corbasson Architectes proposes using waste generated by workers already in the building to help construct new floors as demand grows.

More: Chartier-Corbasson Architectes’ Organic Skyscraper made from rubbish

12:20 pm
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Waste. What is the value of waste? In Cape Town everything is re-used and re-used and re-used until it falls apart. In Cape Town nothing is waste. Everywhere, from townships to more well–to-do areas, we can find products made of used or re-used materials. …. 
Department of Design is a three weeks event, initiated by the Dutch consulate, with Christine de Baan as program director. What makes this official Dutch participation in Cape Town Design Capital 2014 so special, is that it is not a ‘business as usual’ presentation of design objects. But this initiative rather seeks collaboration with South Africa on topics such as energy, water, health, education and town planning.

Read more here: What is waste worth? - Renny Ramakers

Waste. What is the value of waste? In Cape Town everything is re-used and re-used and re-used until it falls apart. In Cape Town nothing is waste. Everywhere, from townships to more well–to-do areas, we can find products made of used or re-used materials. ….

Department of Design is a three weeks event, initiated by the Dutch consulate, with Christine de Baan as program director. What makes this official Dutch participation in Cape Town Design Capital 2014 so special, is that it is not a ‘business as usual’ presentation of design objects. But this initiative rather seeks collaboration with South Africa on topics such as energy, water, health, education and town planning.

Read more here: What is waste worth? - Renny Ramakers

5:21 pm - Tue, Jul 22, 2014
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A supermarket chain in the UK announced today that it’s going to power one of its stores entirely off food waste. It’s an attractive solution to two of the most gnawing sustainability concerns: waste and energy.
A Sainsbury’s in Cannock, a town in the West Midlands, will get all of its electricity from food waste through a process called anaerobic digestion. The process is pretty much what it sounds like: waste food is “digested” by microorganisms in huge tankers sealed off from the air, which Sainsbury’s compares to a human stomach.
Biffa, the waste management company working with the supermarket, explains that the waste is broken down into a slurry that degrades into an energy rich biogas, a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide. 

More: This British Supermarket Will Be Powered Entirely by Its Own Food Waste | Motherboard

A supermarket chain in the UK announced today that it’s going to power one of its stores entirely off food waste. It’s an attractive solution to two of the most gnawing sustainability concerns: waste and energy.

A Sainsbury’s in Cannock, a town in the West Midlands, will get all of its electricity from food waste through a process called anaerobic digestion. The process is pretty much what it sounds like: waste food is “digested” by microorganisms in huge tankers sealed off from the air, which Sainsbury’s compares to a human stomach.

Biffa, the waste management company working with the supermarket, explains that the waste is broken down into a slurry that degrades into an energy rich biogas, a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide.

More: This British Supermarket Will Be Powered Entirely by Its Own Food Waste | Motherboard

12:20 pm - Mon, Jul 21, 2014
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fer1972:

Upcycled Star Wars Junk Tech Busts by Gabriel Dishaw 

Using found objects from typewriters, adding machines and old computers, I take the items people no longer have use for and I carefully disassembling these items and then reassemble these together using metal wire creating my Junk Art.

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