London Using Glue to Clean Up Air

November 28, 2011 by  
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The European Union is requiring member countries to have no more than 35 bad air days per year by 2012 or the countries will face fines of around $450 million.  In order to clean up air pollution to meet the EU’s standards, London is turning to glue.  Well, a glue of sorts.  The English capital is applying a calcium-based adhesive to streets to trap particulate air pollution and, believe it or not, it’s working. The city’s street sweepers have applied the adhesive to air pollution hot spots around the city and particulate levels in those areas have dropped 14 percent.  The project has cost the city $1.4 million so far, which is pretty expensive, but 14 percent is a pretty substantial reduction from glue alone and a far cry from a payout of $450 million if they didn’t meet the standards. London will be taking other action to reduce air pollution, including rolling out cleaner buses , retiring the most polluting taxis, enforcing stricter emissions standards and planting trees. via Grist

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Calcium-Based Adhesive Applied to London Roads to Prevent Air Pollution

November 18, 2011 by  
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London mayor Boris Johnson may say some ridiculous things , but he is genuinely concerned about the environment. While his previous clean-air initiatives promoted practical ideas like cycling and public transport in the capital, his latest pollution busting idea is far fetched to say the least. Johnson has ordered a fleet of trucks to spray adhesive on roads during the night, so that airborne pollution can be captured before it begins harming individuals. Read the rest of Calcium-Based Adhesive Applied to London Roads to Prevent Air Pollution Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution calcium-based adhesive solution , boris johnson calcium-based adhesive solution , london air pollution , london calcium-based adhesive solution , london transport for london , mayor johnson calcium-based adhesive solution , mayor london calcium-based adhesive solution , transport for london calcium-based adhesive solution

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University of Kiel’s Super-Adhesive Tape Takes Inspiration from Geckos

November 8, 2011 by  
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Ever hoped for an adhesive tape that was so strong that it could suspend you from the ceiling? This adhesive is exactly what researchers from the University of Kiel in Germany have been developing, and they have turned to an unlikely source for their inspiration — geckos and insects. Read the rest of University of Kiel’s Super-Adhesive Tape Takes Inspiration from Geckos Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: achim oesert super adhesive tape , recycleable adhesive tape , university of kiel achim oesert , university of kiel super adhesive tape , university of kiel super adhesive tape gecko , university of kiel super adhesive tape insect gecko

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Field of 2000 Wispy Dandelions Turned into Breathtaking Art Exhibit

October 25, 2011 by  
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Perfectly Sized Post-It Notes for Less Waste

November 26, 2010 by  
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Images via Yanko Design Some of the best design ideas make simple things even simpler. Post-It notes are already such handy inventions, but you have to buy separate pads for different uses.

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