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  • Thousands Offer to Host Tiny Homes With Homeless Residents in Their Own Seattle Backyards
    by Andy Corbley on October 18, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    A pair of non-profits are housing homeless people in tiny sustainable homes in the backyards of charitable volunteers who decide to host them. The Seattle-born partnership hopes to replicate the “cultural shift” brought about by Airbnb to tackle the homelessness epidemic in the Pacific Northwest, as well as introduce concepts of sustainable housing to thousands The post Thousands Offer to Host Tiny Homes With Homeless Residents in Their Own Seattle Backyards appeared first on Good News Network.

  • Ralph Lauren Gives Competitors New Way to Dye Cotton, Uses 90% Less Chemicals, 40% Less Energy and Half the Water
    by Good News Network on October 17, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Every year, trillions of liters of water are used for fabric dyeing alone, generating around 20% of the world’s wastewater. Untreated, it is incredibly polluting, so requires rigorous, lengthy, and costly treatment to make the water reusable. Recently Ralph Lauren brought together four leading innovators, including Dow, to develop a way to significantly reduce the The post Ralph Lauren Gives Competitors New Way to Dye Cotton, Uses 90% Less Chemicals, 40% Less Energy and Half the Water appeared first on Good News Network.

  • Historic Microsoft Decision Allows Easier Repair of Devices After Shareholders Pressure to Be More Responsible
    by Andy Corbley on October 15, 2021 at 11:54 am

    Microsoft has agreed to take long hard look at reforming their spare parts and technical support branches to make it more easy for their customers to repair Microsoft products at home. The move is being described as a “first of its kind victory,” as Microsoft becomes the only major company to bow to the whims The post Historic Microsoft Decision Allows Easier Repair of Devices After Shareholders Pressure to Be More Responsible appeared first on Good News Network.

  • Startup Rethinks Self-Storage: Using Abandoned Offices and Restaurants to Store Your ‘Stuf’
    by Andy Corbley on October 14, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Rather than build depressing warehouses outside of town, a company is rethinking self-storage by flipping buildings shuttered during the pandemic into miniature storage spaces. In this way the startup, called Stuf, is turning one industry’s problem into another’s solution, offering the landlords of dozens of empty offices, stores, and other buildings a way to utilize The post Startup Rethinks Self-Storage: Using Abandoned Offices and Restaurants to Store Your ‘Stuf’ appeared first on Good News Network.

  • Spray-on Treatment Could Lengthen Life of Roads While Making Cities Cooler
    by Andy Corbley on October 14, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    A spray-on treatment for asphalt roads aims to curb both their contribution to the urban island heat effect, and stop them from breaking so easily. Based on titanium-dioxide, it not only reflects and scatters away sunlight and ultraviolet light, keeping the surface of sidewalks and roads cooler, but it also creates a chemical reaction when The post Spray-on Treatment Could Lengthen Life of Roads While Making Cities Cooler appeared first on Good News Network.

  • Scientists Find the Secret to ‘Unhackable’ Security Systems on the Wings of Butterflies
    by Andy Corbley on October 12, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Sometimes solving the most complex technology and engineering challenges, as you might have guessed, involves looking towards nature for solutions. Such is the incredible case with the Teslagram—a currently-unhackable security fingerprint created after studying a butterfly’s wing. The wings of this most charismatic insect are cloaked in tiny scales—up to 200,000 of them, which contain The post Scientists Find the Secret to ‘Unhackable’ Security Systems on the Wings of Butterflies appeared first on Good News Network.

  • Towering Over the City, This ‘Farmscraper’ Will Produce 270 tons of Food from Hydroponics on 51-Stories
    by Andy Corbley on October 12, 2021 at 3:02 pm

    Combining a vertical farm and office space into a single 51-storey concept out of Chinese mythology, an Italian architect is completing the Shenzhen skyline with a stunning “farmscraper.” With a façade that features a vertical hydroponic farm extending the entire height of the building, the Jian Mu Tower was designed for a leading Chinese supermarket The post Towering Over the City, This ‘Farmscraper’ Will Produce 270 tons of Food from Hydroponics on 51-Stories appeared first on Good News Network.

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