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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Paper Wasps Teach Us About 3D Printing?

3D printing is the coolest thing since sliced bread, but what should we print with? This could go horribly wrong if we don't take the opportunity to stop and ask how the rest of nature would do it.

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The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating “Ocean Cleanup Array”

The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating “Ocean Cleanup Array”

As the policy director of the ocean conservation nonprofit 5Gyres.org, I can tell you that the problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. In case you didn't know, an ocean gyre is a rotating current

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Ocean Cleanup Array Turns to Crowd Funding to Raise $80K For Feasibility Study

Ocean Cleanup Array Turns to Crowd Funding to Raise $80K For Feasibility Study

Inhabitat recently reported on 19-year-old Boyan Slat's proposed Ocean Cleanup Array, which the designer believes could potentially remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic from the world's oceans. The project

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19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From the World’s Oceans

19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From the World’s Oceans

19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world's oceans. The device consists of an anchored network of floating

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Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London

Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London

Australian pilot Jeremy Rowsell is set to break new boundaries for alternative energy by flying from Australia to Britain in an airplane powered entirely by plastic waste. Rowsell’s “Wings of

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Erika Drake’s Recycled Plastic Bag Stool Calls Attention to the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

Erika Drake’s Recycled Plastic Bag Stool Calls Attention to the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

Designer and artist Hongtao Zhou worked with his Hawaiian student Erika Drake to fix a broken stool by reinforcing it with recycled plastic bags! The duo wrapped bag tissues around the broken joinery like

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New Study Suggests Pacific Ocean is Polluted With… Coffee?

New Study Suggests Pacific Ocean is Polluted With… Coffee?

People aren’t the only ones getting a jolt from caffeine these days; in a new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, scientists found elevated concentrations of caffeine in the Pacific Ocean in

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Scripps Study Shows Plastic in Pacific Garbage Patch Has Increased 100-Fold

Scripps Study Shows Plastic in Pacific Garbage Patch Has Increased 100-Fold

Researchers at San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography have released a study that claims plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has increased by 100 times the amount of what was found in the

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Japanese Tsunami Debris Adds to Pacific Garbage Patch

Japanese Tsunami Debris Adds to Pacific Garbage Patch

As debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan now washes up in North America, much of it is also settling into the Pacific Garbage Patch. Stretching northward from the outermost Hawaiian Islands, this

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Sea Chair Device Recycles Ocean Plastic Debris Into Brand New Furniture

Sea Chair Device Recycles Ocean Plastic Debris Into Brand New Furniture

Islands of plastic waste can be found in our oceans around the world. The largest, the Pacific Garbage Patch, is a collection of floating plastic, debris and waste that spans twice the size of Texas. In

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Plastiki Concludes 8,000 Mile Journey in Sydney, Australia!

Plastiki Concludes 8,000 Mile Journey in Sydney, Australia!

After 8,000 nautical miles and over 130 days of sailing the Plastiki finally reached its destination in Sydney, Australia this morning! The boat -- made from 12,500 recycled plastic bottles -- set out on

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Another Giant Garbage Patch Found in the Atlantic Ocean

Another Giant Garbage Patch Found in the Atlantic Ocean

If you thought the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was a nightmare, things just got worse -- it has a twin. As Plastiki makes its way across the Pacific to raise awareness about plastic in the oceans,

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Plastiki Plastic Bottle Boat Unveiled in San Francisco!

Plastiki Plastic Bottle Boat Unveiled in San Francisco!

San Francisco recently saw the unveiling of the Plastiki, a boat constructed of 12,500 2-liter plastic bottles that will be embarking on a 7,500 mile journey to Sydney this spring. Built by Adventure

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