innovation & technology
The increase in online shopping has led to more items arriving on doorsteps ensconced in styrofoam packaging. The purchase is safe-and-sound, but what to do with the styrofoam? One New York-based company is turning to mushrooms to literally grow new, biodegradable, all-natural packaging.
Dark matter makes up some 95 percent of our universe, according to physicists, but its proven elusive. Scientists at Columbia University are part of the team looking for this elusive component of the universe -- and creating unintentional art along the way.
El Bulli was a highly successful, highly celebrated restaurant in Spain, until its founder shut it down at practically the peak of its popularity. But now it's back -- but with a focus on innovation and research, rather than just on eating.
Electric cars have large batteries that go mostly unused for hours at a time. But a team of researchers in Delaware are hoping to use these electric cars to improve how the national electric grid works. So far, the results are promising. And it could provide benefits to electric car owners, too.
Spain's unemployment is persistently high, and the latest effort to combat that doesn't seek to get businesses hiring again, but seeks to get individuals to go into business for themselves. But there are a host of practical and cultural barriers in their way.
When it comes to detergent, the price is in the packaging. A lot of the price, anyway. And that means people get a better deal when they buy in bulk. But for many families surviving day by day, bulk buying is an unthinkable luxury. So one entrepreneur decided to do away with the packaging all together.
Helen Palmer installed solar panels on the roof of her home in 2012. And since then, basically, she hasn't seen an electric bill. In fact, when last she checked, she had a credit of nearly $43 on her bill. She hasn't paid off her initial investment, but she's making progress.
When it comes to storing energy, there are few simple solutions. But a group of Canadian scientists has changed an old technology to make it more convenient and cost effective to store energy on a large scale.
The Bullitt Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit focused on improving the environment in the Pacific Northwest, has taken on a new endeavor. It's opened a building for its headquarters, and house other companies, that will be a demonstrator of sustainable technologies.
London's sewer system, like in most major cities around the country, are often clogged by accumulations of fat that must be freed by sewer workers. But now, London is trying to turn that trash literally into treasure. They want to use the fat to fuel a power plant.