If the Exorcise Pool has its way, you’ll be taking a dip in cleaned water from Newtown Creek, one of the New York City’s dirtiest waterways.
One Innovation By Design entrant is Hello Compost, a proposed program in which low-income families will be able exchange compost for produce credits.
“We need to re-imagine the role of food waste from being a smelly, unattractive side effect of eating to an attractive resource for residents to positively impact their community and to help put fresh food on the table,” says cofounder Aly Blenkin.
“We’re finding some super aggressive colonies that are attaching to plastic very well.”
Researchers have discovered microbial communities living on the waste we dump in the ocean.
Their study found 1,000 different types of bacteria on ocean plastic samples, including plants, algae, autotrophs, and predators. They warn that plastic is also serving as a new kind of transportation for potentially harmful bacteria looking to hitch a ride across the ocean.
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TGIF! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- A lead Google Glass developer is working on wearable tech for dogs that would let them communicate more easily with their handlers.
- Meet the 6-foot tall humanoid robot that may just save your life someday.
- Edward Snowden has requested a meeting with human rights representatives at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.
- The NSA has been monitoring Skype calls since July of 2012.
- The tin in your iPhone might be wrecking the environment.
- UK researchers are testing a 'penetrator' spacecraft that is designed to search for life on Jupiter's moon. It would travel at about 760 mph, close to the speed of sound.
- Today’s most creative person is Alex Maccaw, the creator of Monacle, a place where techies can share ideas and constructive criticism without having to deal with snarky, useless feedback.
- Lady Gaga has revealed more details of her upcoming ARTPOP project. The”musical and visual engineering system” is set to launch in November.
- Music discovery service Shazam has compiled a list of the top ten most misheard lyrics in pop. And they’re pretty funny.
- The Gagnam Style artist Psy has joined the ranks of Justin Beiber and Rihanna with three billion YouTube views.
Have a good one!
See the faces?
A design studio in Berlin applied face-tracking tech to the Earth’s surface and this is what they found.
From Paris’s Vélib’ to New York’s CitiBike, this infographic compares the size of 29 of the world’s largest bike sharing systems.
To raise awareness about ocean pollution, the Surfrider Foundation is using surfing shots filled with plastic debris.
Did you know that almost 90% of all material floating in the ocean is plastic, and every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of the stuff?
For every container of Greek yogurt you see on a supermarket shelf, picture another container (or two or three) of deadly poison. It’s called acid whey, and it’s a toxic byproduct from the yogurt-making process. Accidental spills of the toxic substance have killed thousands of fish, and no one knows what to do with it…
[Illustration: Kelly Rakowski/Co.Exist]
Assuming there’s little change to our carbon emissions, “heatwave deaths in New York city could rise by as much as 91% on 1980s levels by the 2080s.”
Plastics like styrofoam currently take up between 25%-30% of our landfill space, and a single cubic foot of styrofoam has the same energy content as about one and a half liters of gasoline.
College pals Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre established Ecovative, which grows cost-effective alternatives to plastic insulation and packaging. While they were students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Bayer and McIntyre experimented with mycelium, the network of vegetative filaments in mushrooms, and realized that it could be used to form incredibly strong bonds. Essentially, the substance functions like a glue that you can grow and use to form agricultural byproducts like plant stalks and seed husks into natural alternatives to styrofoam packaging and insulation.
Top: Saudi Arabia in 1988
Bottom: Saudi Arabia in 2012.
Stunning time-lapse satellite photos show humanity’s effect on Earth.
It’s no secret that the world’s ocean trash problem is getting bad; looking at a handful of images from the Texas-sized Pacific garbage patch should be enough to convince anyone. As for all of our litter that doesn’t end up in the middle of the ocean? It often stays close to shore, where volunteers for Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup pick some of it up, cataloging all the items they find.
"One of the easiest ways to go green is to go small," Hill says. "I want to show people that there’s an amazing modern green future, and make it easy for them to step into it."
Hill transforms his couch into a bed, makes a desk appear from the wall, and then moves that entire wall to reveal a guest bedroom. Just as quickly, he disappears the guest room, pops a Murphy bed back into place, and reveals a dining room table with seating for 10. Even Hill’s bathroom is multifunctional: He soundproofed the toilet stall and added a handsome wooden bench that folds over the seat, which turns it either into a private phone booth or, no joke, a very tiny meditation studio. That’s why he and nine others who are trying to change how we live made our list of The 100 Most Creative People of 2013.