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Nomadic designer turns to scraps to furnish his living spaces

Nomadic designer turns to scraps to furnish his living spaces

| May 13, 2014

François Duquesnoy must really, really hate moving furniture. The Dutch-born designer has moved a total of eight times in the last few years. Rather than pack up his furniture for each move, he builds his own furniture for each new location. He doesn’t just build it from scratch; he builds it from scraps. After each […]

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The problem with recycling rare earth metals

The problem with recycling rare earth metals

| April 2, 2014

Most Americans probably haven’t spent an abundance of time considering the role of rare earth metals in their lives. And, yet, rare earth metals are everywhere. They’re in the magnets in our computer hard drives. They’re in the massive motors used for wind turbines in the creation of alternative energy. They’re in the fiber optic […]

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The electric Tesla may actually contribute to China’s pollution problem

The electric Tesla may actually contribute to China’s pollution problem

| March 27, 2014

People often misuse the concept of situational irony. (We’re looking at you, Alanis Morissette.) Here’s a situation that is genuinely, authentically ironic: part of the manufacturing process for eco-friendly cars is creating a big environmental problem. This is what’s happening: batteries designed for electric vehicles are (obviously) different from batteries designed for traditional, gas-powered vehicles. […]

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The endless power of aluminum recycling

The endless power of aluminum recycling

| December 19, 2013

The bad news: it takes a whole lot of energy to create new aluminum products. The good news: aluminum recycling is incredibly efficient. That’s why experts say we’re moving toward making recycling the default way to produce aluminum products. Describing aluminum as “the metal that just keeps on giving,” Laurence Knight and Tim Bowler of the BBC […]

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Nuclear scrap metal recycling prompts debate

Nuclear scrap metal recycling prompts debate

| June 12, 2013

There’s a bit of a scrap brewing over the way nuclear sites dispose of scrap metal. The U.S. Department of Energy released a proposal that would advocate recycling of scrap metal from nuclear sites. This plan reverses a 2000 suspension on nuclear site scrap metal recycling.   According to the Department of Energy’s report, the […]

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