Issue#05 : Creating Wonderland | CHAPTERS

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These five initiatives want to beat plastic pollution in Southeast Asia

To solve our plastic problem, we have to clean up the oceans, minimize production and recycle as much as we can. But until we get there, we need to keep the madness under control. These five initiatives from Vietnam and Cambodia are trying just that.

AWA Bike: Kickstarting Nigeria’s cycling revolution

In traffic-ridden Nigeria, people are still reluctant to use bicycles, due to the lack of infrastructure and the shame of using a poor man’s mode of transport. AWA Bikes is planning to change these attitudes – and start a cycling revolution.

Let your windows power your coffee machine

What if our smartphones generated energy instead of just consuming it? A new transparent solar panel is making its way onto the solar technology market.

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How fungi can help create a green construction industry

Buildings and construction contribute 39% of the world’s carbon footprint. Building materials made out of mushrooms might reduce it dramatically.

The fabrics dreams are made of

These new textiles are revolutionizing the fashion industry: waste-based, compostable, and some actually breathe.

How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist

With plenty of misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and other scientific topics floating around social media, you need to read science stories, even well-known publications, with caution.

Stay the fuck home bar

St Petersburg firm creates online bar for self-isolating extroverts.

BIO-LUTIONS: a biodegradable alternative to single-use plastic

What are the alternatives for single-use platic? A German company stands out for a particularly environmentally friendly solution – as cheap and available as plastic, but entirely biodegradable.

New battery can charge an electric car in 10 minutes

One of the reasons electric cars are still not very widespread is that they can take hours to charge. But that may soon change: researchers at Pennsylvania State University have developed a new lithium-ion battery that charges in as little as 10 minutes.

Re-cycling polluted air

Cycling prevents enormous amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, as bicycles generate about 10 times fewer greenhouse gases than individual motorized transport. But what if we could do even better, and ride smog-cleaning bicycles that sucks up polluted air?

Edible, compostable, ecological: Natural packaging alternatives for your drink to go

Plastic cups and PET bottles will soon be things of the past, as biodegradable and plastic-free packaging is being developed for beverages as well. We introduce some companies that package milk in a sugar crust, coffee in coffee-bean husks, water in sea algae and beer in cardboard.

The engineer who fixed his own heart

When Tal Golesworthy was told he was at risk of his aorta bursting, he wasn’t impressed with the surgery on offer – so he came up with his own idea. His invention not only saved his own life, but also of many others.

Going invisible

Childhood dreams come true: Quantum Stealth is a material that can make things and people almost invisible.

The world’s first fully solar powered airport

Under pressure from skyrocketing electricity prices, an airport in India’s southern state of Kerala came up with the idea of generating its own electricity.

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