Smog Filter Tower Turns Pollution Into Gems

Every country has its own version of pollution patrol. Bogota has vertical gardens. China has a purification tower. Debuting its most exciting decontamination technology yet, Poland is ahead of the game with a “smog vacuum” that turns dirty air into jewelry.

The tower-like device essentially sucks up smog from the top and then releases the filtered air through its six-sided vents. It can clean more than 30,000 cubic meters of air per hour and uses no more electricity than a water boiler, according to [designer Daan] Roosegaarde.

After three years of research and development, the tower made initial headway in Rotterdam. To encourage other countries to adopt the device, Roosegaarde started pressing collected dust particles into rings and cufflinks. A single gem stone is equivalent to 1,000 cubic meters of air, which sounds like a whole lot, but deceptively so.

“The fine dust that would normally harm us, is collected together with the ions and stored inside of the tower. This technology manages to capture ultra-fine smog particles which regular filter systems fail to do.”

Never did I believe anything remotely attractive could come of city smog. But I like it, and I’m putting a ring on it.

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Running Shoes Are Made With Graphene-Rubber

Fashion is always evolving, especially in the shoe industry. Sneakers don’t only look cool — they feel cool. They’re also becoming more sustainable, with kicks like Clark Ultra Blooms, which are made with algae. Groups like Viupax are even designing eco-friendly shoe boxes. Rubber may be hard to get around, but brands are trying to be less wasteful. In fact, Manchester researchers are infusing rubber soles with graphene, making shoes sturdier than ever.

To create the super-strong soles, researchers… heated up rubber and then added microscopic particles of graphene into the mix at the same point you’d add other preservatives and colours.

The shoe, which will sell at a wallet-guzzling £150, is 50% more resistant to damage. It’s also significantly stretchier, which brings together the usually problematic features of grip and strength.

“It’s this compromise between trying to get this very good grip and having a hard-wearing, long-lasting compound of rubber,” says [developer Aravind] Vijayaraghavan.

It may not eliminate rubber entirely, but at least it’ll add some years to a rather short lifespan.

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China Has Figured Out Space Teleportation

Scientific advancements of today make anything from the X-Men to Hogwarts magic seem possible. We can grow organs and generate energy from passing cars. Nothing is too far-fetched, as proved recently by these scientists. Chinese researchers have finally come to grips with space teleportation, and no–it doesn’t work the way you think.

Researchers in China have found a way to transmit particles from the ground to a satellite orbiting more than 300 miles above the planet.

Quantum teleportation sends information about a quantum particle—such complete information that a new version of the particle can be created on the other end.

Simply? When two particles share a link so strong, altering one will alter the other. I suppose it’s something like twin telepathy. Scientists are experimenting using points located on Earth and in space (via satellite).

“This work establishes the first ground-to-satellite up-link for faithful and ultra-long-distance quantum teleportation, an essential step toward global-scale quantum internet,”

So we’re not exactly beating traffic by teleporting ourselves to work, but this could mean a much faster exchange of important information.

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