Are eggshells the next supermaterial for tissue engineers?
Bioengineers who are trying to grow replacement human tissues and organs are at the forefront of biomedicine. But you may be surprised by some of the materials they are using for this endeavor.
Sydney’s experience suggests that having separate bins for paper and bottles leads to better recycling.
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Both short- and long-term solutions are needed to solve Australia's recycling crisis. State and federal ministers are pursuing some promising avenues, but they need to cast the net much wider.
Evgeny Grishkovets in Farewell to Paper: a meditation on times past, the fears raised by the dizzying turnover of technologies and the importance of patience.
A engaging show at the Perth Festival is an homage to obsolete objects - pen knives, blotting paper, inkwells, the handwritten letter, telegrams - and a meditation on time.
Imported laptop housings, Guiyu, China.
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China, which recycles much of the world's waste material, is slashing its scrap imports. This move could force the United States and Europe to boost recycling instead of shipping trash overseas.
Plant worker at Gorham Paper & Tissue, Gorham, New Hampshire, 2015.
Pulp and paper production is a major industry with a large environmental footprint. Recently, though, paper companies have worked to reduce pollution and promote sustainable forestry and recycling.
Achievement unlocked: Rewritable paper.
Coating paper with an inexpensive thin film can allow users to print and erase a physical page as many as 80 times. That reduces both the cost and the environmental effects of paper use.
Airlines have saved energy by changing flight routes and modifying wings for better fuel use.
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Companies could improve their profits 2-10% each year by saving energy, according to a world-first attempt to assess energy performance.
Forest fires, often the result of land clearing, are becoming a major issue for Indonesia and its neighbours.
The world's rainforests are still being slashed and burned at a dizzying rate to make consumer products. But now there are signs of real political will, especially in Asia, to rein in the destruction.
You never know what you’ll find when you rifle through a box of war diaries.
Digital networks and databases appear to crush historical distance. Archives of war increasingly come to us. A simple YouTube search throws up a chaotic mix of official and unauthorised, user-generated…
By pulling out of deforestation activities, APP says it is responding to climate change concerns.
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Asia’s largest forestry, pulp and paper manufacturing company announced in Jakarta this week it has stopped all activities that lead to deforestation in Indonesia. In a rare public event, the Chairman…
Buying this will make you feel good, but should it?
For many years, individual consumers, industries and governments have all purchased printing and writing paper made with a high recycled-fibre content. Why? Because they believe it is the most responsible…