Category: Innovation

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Smart sponge could clean up oil spills

Researchers have developed a highly porous sponge that selectively soaks up oil and resists water. It could be used to inexpensively and efficiently clean up oil spills without harming marine life. A Northwestern University-led...

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Green university to be built on polluted swamp

A polluted swamp in Bangladesh is set to be transformed into a green university. BRAC University will showcase sustainable, low-tech solutions, including natural cooling and vertical gardens. The Bangladesh-based nonprofit organization BRAC has plans to transform...

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Solar-powered office building keeps workers cool

Stellar, a solar-powered commercial building, recently opened in India. It features a rainwater harvesting system and terraces to deflect the sun and mitigate high temperatures.   Mumbai-based design studio Sanjay Puri Architects recently unveiled Stellar,...

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Net-zero-energy building takes shape in Boston

A building destined for Boston could signal a new way of creating residential structures in cities. The cross-laminated timber structure eliminates most greenhouse-gas emissions associated with standard building materials. Designed by architects from Massachusetts...