ECO LIVING

materials that provide high insulation or generate warmth

 Beanz

Sweden – lab accident creates ‘impossible’ nano material

Could accidental product be best solution yet for cleaning up toxic waste, dangerous chemicals and oil spills?

Uppsala University researchers have created an unprecedented material with record-breaking properties. And most remarkable of all, this new material — which was thought impossible to make for over a century — was the result of an accident in the lab. A research team led by Johan Goméz de la Torre made some slight changes to […]

 Beanz

Water crisis to water surplus?

Seawater is flowing through pipelines reaching almost 4,000 feet off of Israel’s coast and, once in Israeli soil, buried almost 50 feet underground. After 90 minutes of a filtration process, it is ready to run through the taps of Tel Aviv. Israel’s Sorek Desalination Plant is gearing up to provide up to 26,000 cubic meters […]

 Beanz

Mmmmm delicious cold seawater

We’re surrounded by the stuff – 326 million trillion gallons of the stuff. It’s what makes this planet blue. But sea water is too salty for human consumption, so it’s a top priority for innovators globally to find a cheap and fast way to make it drinkable. Here’s the technical stuff: Seawater contains significant amounts […]

 Beanz

Chinese pollution kick-starts Electric car race

Chinese pollution kick-starts Electric car race

Chinese government order changes everything

With record levels of pollution and 16 out of the world’s top 20 most polluted cities, China is set to lead the Electric car revolution. A government pledge of 5 million electric cars on the road by 2020 has prompted a scramble by car manufacturers in the west to grab a slice of potentially a […]

 Beanz

WOOD – 385 million years old today!

WOOD – 385 million years old today!

It's millions of years old today - but did NEW design thinking in wood stop 30 years ago?

CONGRATULATIONS Wood – 385 years old today, and still looking as good as if born yesterday! Simple fact is wood is still one of our greatest natural materials having provided homes and hunting tools for us for thousands of years. And we don’t want to complain or anything but why has architectural design virtually stopped […]

 JOhn G

Skyscrapers built of wood?

Skyscrapers built of wood?

Building a skyscraper? The 30m Wood Innovation Design Centre, Canada, completes summer 2014

Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of … wood. As he details, it’s not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it’s necessary. Michael Green wants to solve architecture’s biggest challenge — meeting worldwide housing demand without increasing carbon […]

 Beanz

Clean water out of dirty city air!

Clean water out of dirty city air!

Peruvian researchers have created an unusual billboard that generates drinking water from thin air. While the billboard fulfills its traditional role as an advertising tool—in this case for courses at Lima’s University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC)—it harvests moisture directly from the air, which is then processed through a filtration system. Capable of producing 25 […]