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Researchers make nanofiber air filter that can be painted onto fabric

Researchers make nanofiber air filter that can be painted onto fabric

Researchers with the National University of Singapore have created a new type of air filter using nanofibers that is about two times more effective than commercial air respirators. This nanofiber air filter is see-through with better airflow than traditionally available air filters, and it also provides some level of UV protection. The air filter is described as eco-friendly and economical.

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Beijing deploys facial recognition to foil toilet paper thieves

Beijing deploys facial recognition to foil toilet paper thieves

Talk of facial recognition tends to settle around either concerns about privacy or the security systems used at events to spot potential terrorists. China, though, has deployed the technology in Beijing for a different reason: to catch toilet paper thieves. The thieves are (were?) stealing toilet paper from public toilets, something made much harder thanks to modern dispensers with facial recognition abilities.

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Google Project Sunroof details ‘solar potential’ across all US states

Google Project Sunroof details ‘solar potential’ across all US states

Solar power is on many individuals’ radar, but even as costs come down, many people are unsure about whether they should take the plunge and have it installed for their own home. Here to help is Google’s Project Sunroof, something that first launched in 2015 to shed light on whether any given building in the nation has adequate enough ‘solar potential.’ As of now, Project Sunroof has been expanded to cover every state in the country.

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Boaty McBoatface to raise awareness of Global Warming

Boaty McBoatface to raise awareness of Global Warming

It's become apparent this week that Boaty McBoatface, whose dreams of being a real boat have been dashed, will become an official British sea vessel anyway. It was the year 2016 when the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) asked the internet to name their newest boat. Of course, giving this campaign a public voting portal did not end how the council expected - but - BUT! There's a happy ending. Sort of.

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Elon Musk makes big bet on batteries for power problems down under

Elon Musk makes big bet on batteries for power problems down under

You may not know this if you live elsewhere in the world, but South Australia has something of an energy problem at the moment. Energy shortages have been causing blackouts across the state, and now Tesla sees the opportunity to step in. Yesterday, Tesla vice president of energy products Lyndon Rive said that Tesla could solve SA's energy problems in 100 days through the installation of battery packs, which is a pretty big promise all its own.

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This machine crushes beer bottles into sand to save beaches

This machine crushes beer bottles into sand to save beaches

Demand for sand in a variety of industries has led to the slow loss of sandy beaches around the world, a problem one company is addressing via a machine that grinds bottles down into glass sand substitute. The contraption comes from DB Export, which plans to send the beer-sourced sand to industries that would otherwise acquire it from beaches.

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Study: Western U.S. smog originates across the ocean in Asia

Study: Western U.S. smog originates across the ocean in Asia

Pollution is a global problem, and that reality is highlighted by a new study indicating smog in western U.S. states originates from Asian countries across the ocean. The movement of this pollution from Asia to the U.S. is curbing the latter country’s emission-reduction efforts. In some cases, pollution coming primarily from China and India is causing 65-percent of the ozone pollution in western U.S. states.

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E.ON is building two 9.9MW battery storage facilities near Texas wind farms

E.ON is building two 9.9MW battery storage facilities near Texas wind farms

E.ON North America has announced that it will be building a pair of 9.9MW battery storage facilities in Texas, with one in the Pyron wind farm in Hermleigh, TX and another in the Inadale wind farm near Roscoe. These wind farms have been in place for several years now, and are in possession of 249MW and 197MWs of battery storage at the present, numbers that will both grow when these new facilities go live later on this year.

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Svalbard doomsday seed vault gets huge (and critical) seed deposit

Svalbard doomsday seed vault gets huge (and critical) seed deposit

The so-called ‘doomsday’ seed vault located in the Arctic on the small, cold nation of Svalbard has received what is described as a large and major deposit of seeds. According to The Crop Trust, which oversees the vault, the deposit was made on February 22, and is a necessary part in ‘ensuring global food security.’ Almost 50,000 seeds from countries all around the world were added.

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Trump administration freezes EPA contracts and grants

Trump administration freezes EPA contracts and grants

Sources say the Trump administration has put a freeze on contracts and grants by the EPA, a controversial action that some say is not unprecedented. One source goes on to state the freeze is thought to effect the Environmental Protection Agency across the nation -- the duration for which it is in place is unclear at this time -- and is aimed at preventing the agency from engaging in any activities the administration doesn't want the EPA involved in.

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Pokemon GO takes on climate change in monster Davos takeover

Pokemon GO takes on climate change in monster Davos takeover

Niantic has revealed their next sponsorship deal with a brand - Project Everyone, making a push for awareness of The Global Goals campaign at the World Economic Forum. Before now, Pokemon GO had only opened Sponsored Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms in the game Pokemon GO with consumer brands. With this sponsorship deal, Pokemon GO becomes an awareness partner for the support of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Pokemon GO might really, truly (help to) save the planet!

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China stops 85 coal power projects as part of Five Year Plan

China stops 85 coal power projects as part of Five Year Plan

China, in order to meet its stated Five Year Plan coal capacity goal, has stopped the development of 85 coal power projects across 13 different provinces. The news was recently announced by China’s National Energy Board’s Electricity Division, which says the projects would have totaled more than 100 million kilowatts of power. The notice says these projects were “ceased or postponed,” making it unclear whether any will be resumed in the future.

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