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  • Heading to Mars? This Man-Made Leaf Will Help You Breathe

    Heading to Mars? This Man-Made Leaf Will Help You Breathe

    The world’s first artificial biological leaf has been created and it may help astronauts breathe easier. The leaf absorbs carbon dioxide and water just like a real plant, but it is made of a tough silk material that could survive long journeys into space. Initially, the inventor, art student Julian Melchiorri, thought his leaves would make nice looking lamps. However, he soon set his sights on bigger things like skyscrapers, where his leaves could act as biological filters, and on outer space, where they could support interplanetary travel.

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    Read it on The Independent December 10th 2014
  • This Harbor-Dwelling Water Wheel Eats Garbage

    This Harbor-Dwelling Water Wheel Eats Garbage

    Not only does Baltimore, Maryland have a giant Water Wheel that collects garbage from the ocean, the water-cleaning invention has become a bit of a tourist attraction as well. Described as half alien spaceship and half covered wagon, the wheel collects garbage by turning with the current. It scoops the waste up, places it on a conveyor belt, and sends it to a dumpster barge for disposal. It has removed more than 40 tons of garbage from the city’s Inner Harbor since May 2014.

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    Read it on NPR November 26th 2014
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