New nanowood insulation is more environmentally friendly than Styrofoam

March 14, 2018 by  
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Scientists have created a new insulating material from wood that bests Styrofoam : it’s “stronger and much more environmentally friendly,” according to the University of Maryland (UMD). Their material , called nanowood, can come in thin, flexible pieces or in blocks — take a closer look after the jump. The UMD -led team created nanowood by removing lignin, a substance in wood that keeps it rigid and brown. They also took out some short fibers “that tangle themselves in with the cellulose fibers that make up the scaffolding-like base structure of the wood,” according to the university. “The aligned cellulose fibers then bond with each other and results in a high mechanical strength.” Related: Incredible new “super wood” is as strong as steel When the team attempted to crush the nanowood, they discovered in one direction the material was 30 times stronger than thermal insulation materials like Styrofoam or aerogel. When testing how well nanowood insulates, they found it blocked a minimum of 10 degrees more heat than a Guinness World Record honoree for best insulator, silica aerogel, as well as Styrofoam. And while wool or glass insulators can irritate lung tissues or incite allergic reactions, according to UMD, nanowood’s fibers don’t cause those issues. UMD postdoctoral student Tian Li said of nanowood in the statement, “This can insulate better than most other current thermal insulators, including Styrofoam. It is extremely promising to be used as energy efficient building materials.” The journal Science Advances published the research earlier this month. Scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden contributed. UMD said Inventwood , a spinoff company from the research group of Liangbing Hu, UMD associate professor involved in this research, is commercializing wood-based nanotechnologies. Hu said in the statement his research program “experiments with nature’s nanotechnology that we see in wood.” Inventwood’s website lists transparent wood and clear paper among their technologies. + University of Maryland + Science Advances Images via the University of Maryland

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Family of five moves from a 2,100-square-foot-house to a beautifully renovated school bus

March 14, 2018 by  
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After deciding to move out of their 2,100 square foot house, Brandon and Ashley Trebitowski spent six months converting a classic Blue Bird bus into a sophisticated mobile home for their family of five. The family relied on the principles of minimalism to create their new home, building almost all of the furnishings themselves. Although the space is a mere 240 square feet, it feels bright and airy thanks to its monotone color scheme and open floor plan. Inspired by the tiny house movement , the couple spent six months creating their new home on wheels . They began by gutting the bus and framing the living space, built out to their needs as a large family. To make the most out of the space, they made the furniture themselves, including the large sofas. The interior is a sophisticated take on minimal design, using white walls to enhance the space. They also kept the original bus windows in place to also create the illusion of space through an abundance of natural light . Related: This amazing renovated school bus is a bright, airy home for a family of six The living area is extremely warm and cozy thanks to a beautiful, wood-burning stove that sits in the corner. According to the family, the stove has kept the interior warm all winter and kept the kids busy chopping wood. The sleeping area is in the back of the bus, where the kids have bunk beds on either side of the aisle and the master bedroom is nestled into the back of the bus. Although they did most of the work themselves working within a budget, they did indulge in a few splurges such as the subway-tiled shower with a clear skylight that opens up the compact bathroom. The kitchen area is also a favorite of the family. The butcher’s block countertop stands out beautifully against the white walls, and the space is quite functional for the family who likes to cook a lot. Although some question the feasibility of moving such a large family into a converted bus , the Trebitowskis – who publish tales of life on the bus on their Instagram Page – say that their new life in the compact bus is everything that they’d hope for, “We do life together, spend more time together and experience more with one another than we did living in a large home. We love the simple life and wouldn’t have it another way!” + Treb Adventure Via Apartment Therapy Images via + Treb Adventure

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Make your own personal scallion farm by regrowing your kitchen scraps

January 20, 2016 by  
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Wait! Before you throw those scallion ends away, did you know that you can use them to regrow green onions all year-round ? See how easy it is to save money and never have to buy scallions again by following our easy DIY project using recycled materials that will take about ten minutes to do. Watch our video after the jump for the full tutorial. Read the rest of Make your own personal scallion farm by regrowing your kitchen scraps

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Cloud Nothings perform at the Pickathon Music Festival

January 5, 2016 by  
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We’re ringing in the New Year strong with an electrifying new video from our partners over at Pickathon, the world’s most sustainable large-scale outdoor concert . In 2015, the Mountain Stage brought us talent ranging from jazz legend Kamasi Washington to the folky vibrations of indie band Vetiver , and the rowdy yet intelligent sounds of Red Dirt group Turnpike Troubadours . To mix things up, we’re launching our first episode this year to the tune of a scuzzier lo fi sound that simply has critics going gaga. Catch a video of Cloud Nothings performing after the jump! Read the rest of EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Cloud Nothings perform at the Pickathon Music Festival

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Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic

February 28, 2015 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Spanish scientists have developed the world’s first self-healing polymer – a plastic that can be cut in half and then left to repair itself without any outside intervention. Nicknamed “Terminator” after the shape-shifting T-100 robot in the film “Terminator 2,” the polymer could be used to help everyday items last longer through normal wear and tear. This could reduce the amount of broken products sent to landfills and help avoid costly repairs. Check out a video of the plastic in action after the jump. Read the rest of Scientists Create World’s First Self-Healing Plastic Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: plastic that repairs itself , reducing landfill waste , self healing polymer , self repairing plastic , Self-Healing Plastic , Spanish scientists , Terminator , terminator plastic

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Leandro Erlich Unveils Gravity-Defying Floating Room in France!

February 28, 2015 by  
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Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video)

July 25, 2014 by  
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Last night, Stephen Colbert interviewed Elon Musk for The Colbert Report. As you can imagine, Colbert wheedled out some exclusives from the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors , and described his ideal version of the future that he’d like Musk to make happen. Funnily enough, it sounded a lot like Nicola Tesla’s vision . More fascinating and hilarious details after the jump! Read the rest of Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric cars , elon musk , Elon Musk interview on The Colbert Report , Elon Musk Stephen Colbert interview , reuable rockets , software upgrades , space exploration , spacex , tesla , Tesla Motors , Tesla Motors free patents

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Injectable Oxygen Particles Could Be the Only Way to Breathe in a World Smothered By Air Pollution

April 15, 2014 by  
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There’s nothing more satisfying or more cleansing than sucking in a deep breath of fresh air . Unfortunately, clean air is increasingly hard to find. Cities, especially in quickly industrializing countries like China and India , are choking in clouds of smog and particulate. A recent scientific breakthrough provides a possible window into what life on Earth might be like if the air becomes truly un-breathable. The study details the development of an oxygen gas-filled microparticle that could keep us alive, even if we can’t perform the physical act of breathing. Meet us after the jump to learn more about how it works. Read the rest of Injectable Oxygen Particles Could Be the Only Way to Breathe in a World Smothered By Air Pollution Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: breath without air , Injectable oxygen , microparticle filled with oxygen , oxygen gas for intravenous injection , oxygen in the blood , oxygen particle

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Devastating Cost of By-Catch in U.S. Fisheries

March 25, 2014 by  
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Did you know that some fisheries throw back almost 63% of the sea life that is hauled onto boats? A recent Oceana report reveals the horrifying cost of by-catch in nine of the dirtiest fisheries in the US, and the organization also launched an accompanying infographic that details the most devastating fishing techniques and the species at risk – including sea turtles, dolphins, and whales. The infographic also offers solutions to reduce by-catch and preserve the world’s oceans – check it out after the jump! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: The Devastating Cost of By-Catch in U.S. Fisheries Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: by-catch , bycatch , dirtiest us fisheries , environmental destruction , environmental issues , fishery , infographic , ocean life , Oceana , oceans , sea life , sustainable fishing , water issues        

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Protect the Puffin Infographic Raises Awareness for a Threatened Species

August 19, 2013 by  
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Puffins are adorable, easy to love birds – but they’re also one of the many species severely threatened by climate change . The National Audubon Society recently created a great Protect the Puffin infographic to alert people to the dire reality that these birds are facing. It also contains lots of great facts about Puffins – for example, did you know that they spend two-three years floating in the open ocean once the fledge? Check out the full infographic after the jump to learn more! 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! Read the rest of Protect the Puffin Infographic Raises Awareness for a Threatened Species Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , endangered birds , endangered species , infographic , national audubon society , protect the puffin , Puffin        

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