Green efforts of youth gather steam – The Hindu

… leading textile showroom, Pothy’s. Its Managing Director S. Murugesan funds its activities, besides providing space in his showrooms to showcase organic products, says Mr. Prasanth. Card system Organic Good has introduced a card system to maintain monthly supply of rice, millets and pulses; weekly supply of vegetables; and daily supply of greens to consumers. The card is in limited use now and it will be widely used once the production picks up. Efforts are on to form a network of nodal points …

Could you sleep, eat, work and bathe in 86 square feet? Introducing the Ecocapsule – The Globe and Mail

… its Ecocapsule, “the world’s first truly independent micro-home.” The egg-shaped dwelling for two has a sleeping area, kitchenette, workspace, compostable toilet and shower room. Its spherical form collects rainwater and morning dew, which membrane water filters purify, to make them potable. Solar panels and a silent wind turbine power the micro-house, with a manual water pump for back-up. “There were always caravans with solar cells and small houses with wind turbines, but we’ve …

Oxygen absorbing material may allow us to breathe underwater

… component of the new material is the element cobalt, which is bound in a specially designed organic molecule. In standard form – and depending on the available oxygen content, the ambient temperature, and the barometric pressure – the absorption of oxygen by the material from its surroundings may take anything from seconds to days. “An important aspect of this new material is that it does not react irreversibly with oxygen – even though it absorbs oxygen in a so-called selective …

Insect-inspired eye may allow drones to navigate their environment more naturally

… provided the robot with the ability to navigate even greatly sloping terrain without requiring an accelerometer. As seen in the video below, the robot was successfully able to navigate a tunnel with moving walls, while avoiding obstacles. Though some drones already incorporate a form of object avoidance, it is generally one based on proximity to an object – for example in the infrared system used by the palm-sized Zano drone – rather than the premise of optic flow as incorporated in the …

Greek Yogurt’s Popularity is Harmful to the Environment « CBS DC

… acid whey into something usable for other food products. One of those components is lactose, which food companies will pay good money for in food-grade form. Scientists say the technology isn’t there yet, but is “quite far along.” Follow WNEW on Twitter via Greek Yogurt’s Popularity is Harmful to the Environment « CBS DC. …