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What works for worms   What works for worms Looking for inspiration for your innovation? The AskNature collection of National… Notable
Tracking pollution at a personal level   Tracking pollution at a personal level Two big stories from 2014 were the amount of air pollution in cities, especially in China, and the… Notable
How semi trucks can save billions of gallons of fuel   How semi trucks can save billions of gallons of fuel Each year, over two million long-haul trucks crisscrossing America consume nearly 36 billion… Notable
Visualizing the stories data can tell nbsp; Feature Visualizing the stories data can tell  
Climate resilience (with oysters)   Climate resilience (with oysters) Earth’s rising temperatures mean more glacier melt, sea-level rise and severe weather, and this… Notable
The man behind Africa’s growing digital democratization movement nbsp; Article The man behind Africa’s growing digital democratization movement  
Sustainia wants us to start acting today, not tomorrow nbsp; Photo Sustainia wants us to start acting today, not tomorrow  
Well water win-win   Well water win-win Solve two problems with one filter? That’s what Drinkwell aims to do. Begun through a… Notable
A strategic approach to plastics   A strategic approach to plastics Plastic’s versatility renders it almost indispensable in today’s world, but plastic waste is… Notable
A New Generation of GMOs nbsp; Feature A New Generation of GMOs  
Second Life for Shipping Waste nbsp; Video Second Life for Shipping Waste  
Not Such a Nutty Idea   Not Such a Nutty Idea It’s an unconventional question: What do you get when you mix coconut husk fibers and recycled… Notable
These nets save fish nbsp; Feature These nets save fish  
Can Ants Help Slow Climate Change?   Can Ants Help Slow Climate Change? Ants are mighty little creatures. They inhabit every continent on Earth except Antarctica. They can… Notable
A Smarter Solution to Smog   A Smarter Solution to Smog Last year, Beijing’s concentration of fine particulate matter (PM 2.5) averaged nearly four times… Notable
Why Our Buildings Should Be Made From Wood nbsp; Voices Why Our Buildings Should Be Made From Wood  
Chemicals Are Skin Deep   Chemicals Are Skin Deep Ever wonder if all those strange sounding ingredients in your shampoo, deodorant or lipstick are… Notable
World of Solutions   World of Solutions In a world where climate disasters, pollution, and biodiversity loss dominate the news cycle, it’s… Notable
Climate Change up Close nbsp; Feature Climate Change up Close  
After the oil spill nbsp; Article After the oil spill  
Using Water to Clean Water   Using Water to Clean Water Clean drinking water is a basic necessity, and figuring out more efficient ways to purify water… Notable
What can an engineer learn from a eucalytpus? nbsp; Feature What can an engineer learn from a eucalytpus?  
Shrimp Shells to Plastic   Shrimp Shells to Plastic Researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have… Notable
Biomimicry Goes To School nbsp; Video Biomimicry Goes To School  
Why rare earth recycling is rare — and what we can do about it nbsp; Feature Why rare earth recycling is rare — and what we can do about it  
A Long-term Forecast   A Long-term Forecast The impacts of climate change are being felt around the world, but have you ever wondered how they… Notable
Screen for Safer Chemicals   Screen for Safer Chemicals Inventors and others who want to factor in environment and health as they formulate new chemicals… Notable
Can Today’s Technology Save Us? nbsp; Feature Can Today’s Technology Save Us?  
Growing Up   Growing Up If you’re in the market for a new place with a natural setting surrounded by lush vegetation and… Notable
We (Heart) Innovation   We (Heart) Innovation Do you like generating novel ideas? You can have fun thinking them up and put them to good use… Notable
The First Energy Technology nbsp; Voices The First Energy Technology  
Energy Savings in 3-D   Energy Savings in 3-D Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3-D printing, is among the many world-saving ideas… Notable
Making Light of Gravity   Making Light of Gravity Combine a weight, a rope, an LED, inspiration and some savvy crowdfunding, and what do you get… Notable
The Worth of a Tree   The Worth of a Tree Trees provide communities with many benefits: They offer energy-saving shade and shelter from wind… Notable
3-D Sustainability   3-D Sustainability Which is more environmentally friendly: purchasing mass-produced small plastic components or making… Notable
Landscaping for Sustainability nbsp; Article Landscaping for Sustainability  
Power Walk   Power Walk Power generation is taking a green step forward. Street tiles that capture the kinetic energy of… Notable
New Window on Energy Savings nbsp; Article New Window on Energy Savings  
Silent Green   Silent Green Among the many benefits green roofs and similar urban plantings provide is a quieting effect as… Notable
Conservation Crowdsourcing   Conservation Crowdsourcing Conservationists may soon have a powerful new tool in the fight against illegal fishing. FishNET… Notable
Mobile Meteorology nbsp; Article Mobile Meteorology  
Bright Idea   Bright Idea For years light-emitting diodes have been seen as a greener alternative to incandescent and… Notable
The Dangers of Going Green nbsp; Voices The Dangers of Going Green  
Harvesting Ocean Plastics   Harvesting Ocean Plastics Plastic pollution is ubiquitous – and an especially serious and confounding problem in the world’s… Notable
Brick Tricks   Brick Tricks With the proportion of Africans living in cities expected to climb from 18 percent in 1950 to 56… Notable
Conservation Drones nbsp; Article Conservation Drones  
Sound Power   Sound Power What if cities could be powered by the noise they create? The Soundscraper — a building cloaked… Notable
Tapping Oceans’ Bounty nbsp; Article Tapping Oceans’ Bounty  
What Shall We Conserve? nbsp; Voices What Shall We Conserve?  
Wonder Material   Wonder Material The European Union is betting 1 billion Euros ($1.3B U.S.) on graphene – a wonder material… Notable
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