Eco Insect Farming Thailand produces organic cricket flour for your baked goods

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The edible insect market has been evolving in recent years. In May 2013, The FAO issued a report named ‘Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security’ that addressed the growing demand for proteins and the declining availability of resources. One proposed solution is to focus on under-utilized or under-appreciated food sources, such as edible insects, which could help us meet the future global demand for food. After all, edible insects are already used as a common source of food in many countries in the world. After reading the FAO’s report, French entrepreneur Raphael Samozino felt the immediate need to be involved in this race to promote new protein sources. He has been in the niche edible insect market since 2014 when he launched his startup EIF Thailand in the northern city of Chiang Mai. Read the rest of Eco Insect Farming Thailand produces organic cricket flour for your baked goods

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Designer unveils biodegradable dress made from mushrooms

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Our disposable culture has unfortunately fashioned a world where we hardly repair anything, especially clothing. But a new wave of sustainable textile designers are aiming to change that, including Dutch designer Aniela Hoitink, who has developed a new textile grown from mushroom mycelium (the root of a mushroom). The revolutionary fabric called MycoTEX can be repaired when needed and once the garment is not in use anymore, it can easily be composted. It was recently displayed as a dress in the exhibition Fungal Futures . + Mycotex The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should ditch the cleaning chemicals for safe, natural vinegar

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Though many people would love to eliminate chemical cleaners from their home, some still question whether safer options like vinegar pack enough punch. The infographic provides important data, like how vinegar is 99% effective at killing the bacteria that cause food-borne illnesses, and how it can improve the air quality in your home by 500%. It also sheds light on the true hazards of chemical cleaners, such as how nearly 70% of the 17k chemicals in conventional cleaners haven’t been tested for their effects on human health. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should ditch the cleaning chemicals for safe, natural vinegar

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Soaring skyscrapers transform barren desert into a life-giving oasis

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Ohio’s Longaberger basket building might face foreclosure

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A basket-shaped sightseeing oddity in Newark, Ohio will soon be vacant and ready for the next company to move in – that is, if anyone is interested. The Longaberger  basket company has done their business in the building for nearly 20 years, yet an economy no longer so interested in quality woven receptacles has forced them to relocate to a more modest setting. Read the rest of Ohio’s Longaberger basket building might face foreclosure

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Container Artist Residency is sending 7 artists to sea on cargo ships

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Flow Batteries for Household Power Storage

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Residential power storage options are starting to get more competitive with a flow battery being introduced to the market in Australia. Flow batteries have been something we’ve looked at for grid-scale storage , and the research into the technology has been making advances. But it has been primarily a utility-scale technology. However, the technology has been developed to suit a smaller scale, and a commercial version of a household-scale flow battery is coming to market in Australia with a 10kWh flow battery called ZCell . The ZCell uses a zinc bromide flow battery developed by the parent company Redflow . The Redflow battery offers several advantages over lithium-ion battery packs, including high temperature tolerance without a need for active cooling; full cycle depth available and no cycle depth limitations; no concern about thermal runaway; and an electrolyte that is also naturally fire retardant. The system has been announced with an installed price of “between $A17,500 and $A19,500 a system” (around 14,000 US dollars or 12,500 Euro). The annual average household energy demand for Australia (in 2010) of 7,227 kWh translates to about 19.8kWh per day, so the ZCell would only account for half of that if it was fully charged and then discharged on a daily basis. However, it is likely that many of the homes and businesses with the greatest interest in the ZCell would be more efficient than average. Local power storage such as the ZCell or the Tesla Powerwall allows direct storage of energy produced by solar panels or other on-site generation when that production exceeds demand, and then allows that stored energy to be used later, when needed. Local power storage can also be used for load-shifting in areas with tiered electricity rates, where higher prices charged for power during peak periods and off-peak periods have lower rates. In cases like that, the battery is charged during less expensive, off-peak times, and then the battery is used instead of the higher-priced grid power for things that need power during the peak periods of the day.

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Stellar Townhomes are Lake Tahoe’s answer to the energy-efficient mountain house

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Visionary architect Zaha Hadid dies suddenly at age 65

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Oil prospecting in the Atlantic: ‘seismic airguns’ endanger marine life

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Oil drilling along the Atlantic Coast of the United States has been discontinued since the early 1980s. The Obama Administration had recently considered opening the coast of Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas to drilling, but, under pressure from local and environmental opposition, decided against the move . Though there are no imminent plans to lease the Atlantic shoreline to oilmen, the Obama Administration has approved the use of “seismic airgun testing” in prospective offshore oil territory. These tests, designed to determine the presence of oil or natural gas below the seabed, could disrupt already threatened marine life and interfere with their abilities to mate and eat. The specific sites for seismic airgun testing are currently in review, though the potentially impacted area spans from Delaware to Florida. The tests involve the generation of loud and powerful seismic waves that are aimed at the ocean floor. The echoes from these waves are then used to determine whether a large cache of fossil fuels is buried down below. Marine scientist  Douglas Nowacek  described the experience of such a seismic impact as akin to being at “the epicenter of a grenade blast” so forceful that it “would easily cause the rupture of the human eardrum.” Concerned citizens question why these tests are being done at all. “Since the Atlantic has been removed from drilling for the next five years, there’s no immediate need for companies to prospect for oil and gas in this way,” says Dr. Ingrid Biedron, marine scientist at Oceana . “We’d encourage them, and the government, to wait until there is safer technology available before going ahead with this.” Related: Amazon pipeline spill leaks 3,000 barrels of oil into rivers that provide water to indigenous communities Even if the testing is conducted, certain safety measures, already in use in the Gulf of Mexico, could be applied to protect wildlife. The airguns could gradually be brought to full power, which allows disturbed animals to leave the area, while monitors ensure that the coast is clear. A controlled schedule of blasts and limiting their strength could also limit the testing’s ecological damage. The Obama Administration’s recent dance with offshore oil in the Atlantic is not its first dip in the deep. In March 2010, President Obama announced that the Mid-Atlantic and South-Atlantic coasts would once again be open for oil and gas extraction. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster from April 2010 through July 2010, the reactionary White House announced that it would ban all Atlantic drilling through 2017. The Administration’s decision to continue with the seismic airgun testing suggests it is thinking of the future, when the next president will decide whether to drill. Via The Guardian Images via Oceana  and Brian Gratwicke, Flickr

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