Flattening the climate curve using social learning

May 4, 2020 by  
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If we had to place on a time delay the impact of headlines, we likely would see the warnings from medical experts and scientists having the strongest impact in building lasting memories for us all.

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Why global engagement is essential to sustainable supply chains

May 4, 2020 by  
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Four key considerations for infusing sustainability throughout your entire supply chain.

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Scientists just created a new "super wood" that’s stronger than steel

May 10, 2018 by  
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Spider silk has long held the record for being the strongest biomaterial on Earth — but that just changed. Scientists at KTH Royal Institute of Technology used wood nanofibers to create a new biomaterial that is even stronger than spider silk. Researchers “densified” wood to turn an already sturdy material into a “super wood” that is as strong as steel. To accomplish this, researchers aligned tiny cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) in the same direction to create tightly-packed little bundles. These bundles form a material that is super strong and could be used in everything from cars and planes to furniture. “This discovery is made possible by understanding and controlling the key fundamental parameters essential for perfect nanostructuring, such as particle size, interactions, alignment, diffusion, network formation and assembly,” said study co-author Daniel Söderberg. Related: Body armor could be made from genetically engineered spider silk “The bio-based nanocellulose fibers fabricated here are eight times stiffer and have strengths higher than natural dragline spider silk fibers, generally considered to be the strongest bio-based material,” Söderberg said. “The specific strength is exceeding that of metals, alloys, ceramics and E-glass fibers.” The study was published this week in the journal ACS NANO . + KTH Royal Institute of Technology Via New Atlas Image via KTH and Deposit Photos

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Could wealthy Californians opt out of water conservation?

May 24, 2016 by  
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El Niño has come and gone. Though one of the strongest in history, the most recent El Niño event did not provide the soaking that drought-stricken California expected and so desperately needed. While northern California has emerged from drought, at least for now, more than 70% of the Golden State remains dangerously dry. In response to the slight positive changes, California Governor Jerry Brown has lifted statewide restrictions on water, allowing districts to set their own local regulations….

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Hurricane Patricia just became the strongest tropical cyclone that we have ever seen

October 23, 2015 by  
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Just off the coast of Mexico swirls a storm that was just measured as the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded. That’s right – ever in history. A few brave souls flew into the eye of the hurricane to measure its might earlier today, and they found that the massive Hurricane Patricia has winds gusting at 200 MPH – and it might not even be done growing. It’s also the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere, meaning that we are witnessing history right now, and Mexico is bracing for the impact. Read the rest of Hurricane Patricia just became the strongest tropical cyclone that we have ever seen

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Super-Durable Material Made from Wood Waste is Stronger, Cheaper, and Lighter Than Kevlar

September 4, 2012 by  
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Ever wondered why paper beats rock in a game of roshambo ?  It turns out that cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) derived from wood pulp extract can be used to create one of the strongest materials known to man.  Out-toughing even Kevlar and carbon fiber , the material is lightweight, cheap, and abundant.  Found in forest by-products such as sawdust and wood chips, CNC could be used to create materials with applications in military defense, engineering, medicine, and consumer products. Read the rest of Super-Durable Material Made from Wood Waste is Stronger, Cheaper, and Lighter Than Kevlar Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cellulose , cellulose nanocrystals , cnc , forest products laboratory , glucose , kevlar , lignin , madison , us forest service , wisconsin

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Pharmaceutical Firms on Alert in China Because Suppliers May Have Used ‘Gutter Oil’ in Antibiotics

September 4, 2012 by  
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Here at Inhabitat , we’re all for recycling. We’re even for recycling sewage sludge, which Korean scientists were recently able to turn into biofuel . However, we draw the line at food waste being used in the production of medicine. Unfortunately it seems that is what has happened in China, where government officials recently told pharmaceutical firms to check their suppliers after claims that some used “gutter oil” to make antibiotics. Read the rest of Pharmaceutical Firms on Alert in China Because Suppliers May Have Used ‘Gutter Oil’ in Antibiotics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antibiotics , biofuel , china , drug manufacture , food contamination , food scandal , gutter oil , pharmceutical firms , recycling

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