• Solar-powered water harvester could help in arid climates

    As reported by Science magazine, a new spongelike, solar-powered device can collect water vapor from the air even in regions of low humidity, and can produce 2.8 liters of water a day for every kilogram of the spongy absorptive material it contains. Once improved, the device could potentially bring relief to billions of people living in the driest of climates. […]

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  • Wax Moth Caterpillar Could Help the Plastic Crisis

    Quite by chance, researchers recently discovered that the greater wax moth caterpillar –  known as a pest in Europe that eats beeswax from honeycombs – is able to biodegrade polyethylene, the material used in plastic shopping bags. This fortunate discovery came about after scientist and amateur beekeeper Federica Bertocchini of Spain’s IBBTEC institute picked some of the parasitic […]

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  • Maryland Fracking Ban is Huge Win for People Power

    It’s official: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed into law a statewide fracking ban. The bill was passed with bipartisan support in the state legislature, and Maryland is now the third state to ban fracking. This historic achievement is a true testament to the power of grassroots organizing, and believing that even when the odds […]

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  • Pipeline Leak Caused Deadly Colorado House Explosion

    Investigators recently announced that a deadly April 17 explosion in Firestone, Colorado was caused by an abandoned leaking pipeline that was still connected to a natural gas well owned by Anadarko Petroleum. The 1-inch pipeline was cut about 10 feet from the recently-built home where two men died and one woman and her son were severely injured, […]

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