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Chicago is strategically using feral cats to deal with its huge rat problem

Chicago is strategically using feral cats to deal with its huge rat problem

Rats remain a big problem for megacities -- they're often fearless and intrusive, making their way into businesses and homes where they can spread diseases and cause destruction. Chicago has consistently ranked as the top US city with a rat problem, but it has a unique solution to this problem: strategically deployed feral cats.

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Huge 800 megawatt offshore wind farm gets Biden go-ahead for US

Huge 800 megawatt offshore wind farm gets Biden go-ahead for US

A huge offshore wind turbine farm has been given the go-ahead by President Biden, the first major wind project of its type in US waters. The approval means Vineyard Wind will be able to install up to 84 turbines off the coast of Massachusetts, with the potential to supply enough power to keep 400,000 homes and businesses on green energy.

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Cornell researchers are working on tech to charge electric vehicles wirelessly

Cornell researchers are working on tech to charge electric vehicles wirelessly

Many researchers foresee a future where owners and drivers of electric vehicles don't need to search for charging stations and spend time parked to top off the batteries. Someday in the future, charging your EV to be done by simply driving in the correct lane. The researchers are investigating technology that could recharge vehicle batteries by driving over special charging strips embedded in the road.

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Impossible Burger gets key USDA label that’ll bring it to school cafeterias

Impossible Burger gets key USDA label that’ll bring it to school cafeterias

Impossible Foods has announced that it now has a Child Nutrition Label from the USDA for its Impossible Burger product. According to the company, the Child Nutrition Label is a key aspect of bringing its plant-based meat alternative to the K-12 market, namely school cafeterias. Multiple school districts are on board to launch a pilot program with Impossible Foods.

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Shape changing pasta starts out flat for more sustainable packaging

Shape changing pasta starts out flat for more sustainable packaging

When you go to the grocery store and buy pasta today, you buy large packages or boxes of pasta that starts in the shape you end up eating. However, in the future, the pasta you buy in the store may be completely flat and only take the shape we're familiar with when it's cooked. Researchers who've created the morphing pasta were inspired by how furniture is flat-packed to save packaging space and reduce the carbon footprint during transportation.

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Wild One Max is an adult-sized version of an ’80s RC car

Wild One Max is an adult-sized version of an ’80s RC car

Anyone who was around the mid-80s will probably remember the remote control car made by a company called Tamiya known as the Wild One. The RC car looks like a dune buggy and was one of the most desirable products for all children in the '80s. A company from the UK is creating a new version of the Wild One with one significant difference.

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Germans discover enough lithium in the Rhine River Valley to build 400 million EVs

Germans discover enough lithium in the Rhine River Valley to build 400 million EVs

Certain rare earth elements and metals are in high demand globally as automakers ramp up to produce electric vehicles rather than combustion engine-powered cars and trucks. One challenge for producing electric vehicles is finding enough raw materials, which can be difficult to procure and are at times scarce. One of the critical raw materials for building the batteries used in electric vehicles is lithium.

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This printable transistor is completely recyclable

This printable transistor is completely recyclable

One of the challenges with recycling electronics is that there are components inside that will never break down if tossed into a landfill. Even among electronics that are recycled, it's very challenging to separate and recover valuable materials from discarded electronic devices. To help make recycling electronics easier, researchers from Duke University have developed what they call the world's first fully recyclable printed electronics.

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Engineers create greener concrete using waste clay

Engineers create greener concrete using waste clay

When it comes to human-made materials, concrete is the most consumed product on earth. Each year, about three tons of concrete are consumed per person. The environmental impact of concrete is far less publicized than the impact of other human-made materials such as plastic. Concrete is made of water, cement, and fill materials like sand. Researchers say the concrete industry alone is responsible for about eight percent of the carbon dioxide emissions globally.

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Berkeley researchers develop new compostable plastic

Berkeley researchers develop new compostable plastic

There's a lot of effort put into recycling plastics, glass, and other materials all around the US. Despite efforts towards recycling, less than nine percent of plastic currently gets recycled in the country, with most ending up in landfills or polluting the environment. Researchers believe that biodegradable plastic bags and containers could help ease pollution, but they can contaminate recyclable plastics if not correctly sorted.

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Perovskite solar panels reach 25.6 percent conversion efficiency

Perovskite solar panels reach 25.6 percent conversion efficiency

Researchers worldwide have been working to optimize solar panels to allow more free clean energy to be gathered from the sun. One of the materials that researchers have been investigating as a potential replacement for conventional solar panels is perovskite. So far, the problem with perovskite solar panels and hybrid compounds is that they are less efficient than conventional solar panels.

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You’ll soon be able to feed your cat insect-based food

You’ll soon be able to feed your cat insect-based food

It's no secret that livestock has a big impact on the environment and that reducing meat consumption is necessary to help address the issue. There's an uncomfortable aspect to these conversations, however, which is that many people have pets who require meat in their diet for proper health -- and insects, it seems, may be the ideal solution.

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