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Using Fungal Mycelium  for Electronics, Image: Kichigin/CanvaAlternatives for Electronic Materials  
- Researchers have been exploring sustainable alternatives for electronic materials due to the increasing generation of electronic waste. In a recent study published in...

Restoring Near-Extinct Chocolate, Image: rodrigo-flores/shutterstock.com Working to Bring Ancient Cacao Variety Back to Life 
- Ecuador’s Nacional cacao bean was a world-renowned delicacy until a blight and witches’ broom disease eradicated most trees in the early 1900s. After the discovery of...

Harvesting Solar Power in Space, Image: Dinusha/ShutterStock.comBritish Grants Issued to Most-Promising Innovators 
- Space-based solar power (SBSP) is the concept of collecting solar energy during a space orbit and beaming it safely to a fixed point on Earth. Recently, the British government sponsored an SBSP competition to award...

Light-Emitting Technology on  the Horizon, Image: antishock/ShutterStock.comEco-Friendly LEC vs LED Devices 
- Researchers from Japan and Germany are developing eco-friendly light devices that use a single layer of organic film mixed with light-emitting materials and an...

Ayurvedic Cosmetics on the Rise, Image: Anna Ok/ShutterStock.comIncreased Demand, Availability and Awareness of Toxins 
- In Sanskrit, Ayurveda translates to “the science of everyday living,” and it is one of the world’s oldest systems of medicine. Offering a holistic path for cultivating health and well-being, Ayurveda promotes...

Essential Oils for Challenging Times
Virus Fighters, Image: JPC-PROD/Shutterstock.com In these coronavirus days, an essential oil mixture with legendary origins in the Bubonic Plague offers soothing scents for the homebound and might add...

Research-Proven DIY Sanitizers That Work
Virus-Free Hands and Home, Image: kasarp studio/Shutterstock.com When we’re out and about, if we can’t use a sink and soap to ward off the COVID-19 coronavirus, a hand sanitizer can work, advises the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) —as long as it’s...

Tips for Plant-Based Living
Eating Greener, Image: Nina Firsoval/Shutterstock.com Eating more fruits and vegetables as part of a plant-based diet is catching on. In 2019, more than one third of Americans said...

Tips for Toxin-Free House Cleaning
Sustainable Scrubbing, Image:  New Africa/Shutterstock.com Cleaning the house shouldn’t be a health hazard, yet studies have linked many popular cleaning products to asthma and other respiratory ills, developmental problems in young children and...

New York State Bans Plastic Bags
Bagging It, Image: Bogdan Sonjachnyj f/Shutterstock.com On Earth Day, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in...

Artificial Light Tied to Inflammation
Fluorescent Findings, Image: koosen/Shutterstock.com Fluorescent lighting is one of the most common sources of artificial light, but new research from Texas State University suggests there may be unexpected...

Tectonic Activity Shakes Geologists
Moon Rocks, Image: taffpixture/shutterstock.com Long considered to be geologically inactive, our 4.6-billion-year-old moon is showing signs of tectonic activity via seismometers deployed between...

Catching Some Rays on the Water
Floating Solar, Image:  PowerUp/Shutterstock.com Solar panels currently generate only about 1 percent of our nation’s energy needs, but new research from the federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows that installation of...

Farmers Responding to Climate Change
Hot Topic , Image: nd3000v/Shutterstock.com Climate change has inspired farmers to turn to regenerative agriculture, which pulls carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and stores it in their soil. Regenerative agriculture...

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