Tag: Green Blues

Suburban Utopia

From Shopping Center to Urban Farm

In a corner of the Dizengoff shopping center in Tel Aviv there is a wooden kiosk selling fresh greens and herbs. It’s called Honesty Stand and it’s an unexpected oasis in the multitude of chain stores and food courts that you can find in every mall. This modest vegetable stand depends on the honor system: no staff or cashier, customers take what they need and leave the money in a box. Does it work? Yes, 80% of people do pay. Thanks to the high quality and affordable prices, the produce sells out easily and the stand has to be replenished four times a day, but that’s not difficult as the vegetables are grown on the roof of the shopping center.

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Anthropocene

Turning Air Pollution Into Ink

Air pollution causes 3.7 million premature deaths each year and counting. Massive developing countries are threatened by this powerful enemy. “I see smog every morning” said Anirudh Sharma, co-founder of Graviky Labs,  Indian startup and spin-off of MIT Media Lab focusing on technological innovative solutions. That’s why he found a way to turn air pollution into ink that can be used for printers, markers and more. They call it Air Ink.

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Dutch train passenger travel 100% on wind power.
Suburban Utopia

Dutch Trains Now Run on Wind Power

The train is the most sustainable mode of transport for long-distance travel. And from January 1st, the Dutch Railways NS made it more environmentally friendly. They partnered with renewable energy supplier Eneco to solely operate all electric trains on new green energy, allowing 600.000 daily passengers to travel 100% carbon-free. That’s 1.200.000 train rides a day!

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Introducing nanobionic spinach plants that can detect explosives.
Hypernature

Using Spinach to Detect Explosives

Researchers at MIT are taking superfoods to the next level. By embedding spinach leaves with carbon nanotubes, a team of MIT engineers has converted spinach plants into biological bomb detectors. The introduction of “plant nanobionics”, a method to augment plants with nanomaterials, basically give them superpowers.

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BladeRanger Drones and Robots solar panels cleaning
Wild Systems

Drones and Robots Co-Work in Solar Farms

Every day in the Arava region in southern Israel a group of drones, called pelicans, carry solar panels cleaning robots, called plecos (like the fish known for their ability to clean algae from aquariums), at work. It could be a story from our What’s Flying There? book, instead it is a project by BladeRanger, an Israeli company specialized in managing autonomous robots with unmanned aerial vehicles. Their first application is for the inspection and cleaning of photovoltaic installations.

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Image Consumption

Happy New Green 2017!

Since 2000 the experts at Pantone have choosen a color to sum up the spirit of each year, capturing both a snapshot of the past and a sneak peek into the future. From the relaxing quartz and blue of this troubled 2016, they now have shifted to a bright green as the color of 2017. A perfect choice if we take into account some of the positive developments in renewables reached during this controversial year.

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