Fast Company has a spread on a cool “zero-energy” house.
This crazy-looking thing is a new kind of wind turbine —which happens to produce 600 percent more power than a conventional windmill.
That is mycelium under a microscope. Mushrooms. And it is the new insulation that can grow inside your walls. It’s airtight. It’s strong. It’s fireproof. And it ain’t plastic.
If you are wandering around Greenland’s ice sheet and you run into this crazy thing, it is NASA’s GROVER (government acronym for something). It is solar powered and it crawls around Greenland on its own and uses ground-penetrating radar to look at ice. And it’s cool.
National Geographic has a piece on how to design a fish trap to reduce bycatch by 80 percent. (Bycatch is all the fish you don’t want to catch and end up throwing out. HUGE WASTE.)
Plants dumped 11 billion gallons of raw sewage because of Hurricane Sandy. That’s billions with a “B.”