London’s mayor will spend $1 billion on cycling improvements

The goal is 1.5 million bike journeys each day by 2026 London’s mayor is serious about cycling. Sadiq Khan, who took office in May this year, has secured almost a billion dollars to spend on cycling over the next five years. That works out to almost $22 per person per year. Remarkably, this is double … Lire la suite London’s mayor will spend $1 billion on cycling improvements

A living wall instead of plywood to hide a construction site

We’re used to seeing the scaffold on long-term building projects covered up with advertising, but what about—crazy idea—not creating an eyesore on the city and doing something interesting instead? That’s what Arup architects is doing during its renovation of Grosvenor’s St Mark’s building, in London’s fancy Mayfair neighborhood. The firm has hung a vertical garden over … Lire la suite A living wall instead of plywood to hide a construction site

Anonymous man walks into a school and pays off all overdue lunch balances

A « Secret Santa » in Pennsylvania has brought relief to many struggling families. H.W. Good Elementary principal Amy Larcinese doesn’t know who the man is, but he walked into her school and paid off the outstanding lunch bills of more than 40 students. Nearly half the kids at H.W. Good Elementary are from financially struggling families … Lire la suite Anonymous man walks into a school and pays off all overdue lunch balances

New research shows how “lost” memories can be recovered

THIS MAGNET WILL JOG YOUR MEMORY We believe we’ve figured out a lot about how our brains handle memories. We’ve identified the parts of the brain that are active in making memories and the parts that store long- and short-term memories. We thought we knew that memory retention was a function of relevant neurons being … Lire la suite New research shows how “lost” memories can be recovered

Google goes green: the company will run entirely on wind & solar energy from 2017!

Google recently declared that all its data centres and offices spread across the world will be switching to clean and green power. Last year, the company consumed as much energy as the entire city of San Francisco. To meet its huge energy needs, the company will now source energy from wind farms and solar panels from … Lire la suite Google goes green: the company will run entirely on wind & solar energy from 2017!

How thousands of children in Pune (India) prevented over 50 tonnes of plastic from reaching the sea

Scientists have warned about the dangers of plastic pollution and microplastics in the environment for a while now. However, most people still aren’t convinced of the link between carelessly discarding a water bottle and damage in the seas. After all, plastic in the ocean doesn’t have the powerful symbolism of nuclear plants or oil spills: … Lire la suite How thousands of children in Pune (India) prevented over 50 tonnes of plastic from reaching the sea

Canada opens door for new drug injection sites

OTTAWA — The federal government is adopting a public-health approach to its drug control strategy, Health Minister Jane Philpott said Monday as she unveiled proposed new measures that would open the door to more supervised injection sites in Canada. Newly tabled legislation would, if passed, eliminate 26 strict requirements for new « consumption » sites put in … Lire la suite Canada opens door for new drug injection sites

Remarkable new material charges devices using finger swipes

Engineering researchers from Michigan State University have developed a device that would allow you to power your electronics with just a touch and without a battery. The device, called a biocompatible ferroelectret nanogenerator (FENG), uses a sheet of silicon that houses layers of multiple substances including silver, polyimide, and polypropylene ferroelectret — all of which are environment-friendly. These layers … Lire la suite Remarkable new material charges devices using finger swipes

World’s tech elite form $1 billion clean energy fund to fight climate change

While U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is busy filling his presidential cabinet with climate-change deniers and fossil fuel execs, high-profile environmental advocates are responding by investing in a $1 billion clean energy fund with a 20-year duration. The Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) fund will focus on research and technology dedicated to lowering greenhouse-gas emissions in areas such as electricity … Lire la suite World’s tech elite form $1 billion clean energy fund to fight climate change

Dutch test ‘Ocean Cleanup’ plan to collect floating plastic trash

A Dutch foundation has developed floating barriers to try to collect trash from the world’s oceans, and will launch a 100 meter-long prototype in the North Sea this week to see how it fares during storms. The Ocean Cleanup Foundation’s 21-year-old Chief Executive Boyan Slat, who first had the idea for the system as a … Lire la suite Dutch test ‘Ocean Cleanup’ plan to collect floating plastic trash