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A More Efficient Solar Panel Can Be Made With Old Blu-ray Discs 

Yes, a Blu-ray copy of Police Story 3: Supercop was destroyed for the sake of science. It turns out that the nanostructure of Blu-ray disc makes them especially well-suited to soaking up light — exactly what you’d want with a solar panel.


A Bike Made From Carpet Doesn't Sound Like It Should Work

Sure, bicycles get made from all sorts of unlikely-sounding materials these days — bamboo bikes are a lot more common than you’d imagine. But making a working bike from recycled carpet definitely sounds like it’s taking things too far.


The Incredible Robots That Scan And Sort Your Recycling

If your city has a recycling program, you probably do as good a job as you can to make sure that your papers, plastics and general waste are all properly sorted. But at the recycling plant it’s absolutely crucial that everything is thoroughly separated, and even an assembly line full of hawk-eyed workers can’t compare to the speed and accuracy of the Next Generation ZenRobotics Recycler.


11 Clever Uses For Your Old Phone Or Tablet

Upgrade time has finally rolled around, and you’re wondering what to do with your old phone or tablet. If you don’t want to flog it on eBay, give it to a friend or trade it in, then there are many different ways you can make use of it. Most of these ideas involve turning your phone or tablet into a dedicated, single-purpose device with the help of an app or two.


Simple Grooves Let This Rubbish Bin Hold Small Or Multiple Plastic Bags

It’s easier to feel less guilty about forgetting your reusable bags for grocery shopping when you plan to use the plastic ones for garbage later. And in turn it wouldd be easier to use those plastic bags for garbage if this clever rubbish bin concept, featuring strategic grooves to accommodate small or multiple bags at once, were a reality.


A Lego-Like Kit For Building And Easily Repairing Household Appliances

If the motor burns out on a cheap desk fan, or the power switch breaks on a simple hand mixer, you’re not going to have them repaired. But just replacing cheap appliances is pretty wasteful, so using 3D-printing techniques and standard components, a group of designers have proposed a sort of building kit for creating useful household appliances instead of toys.


Watch Recycled Paper Go From Rubbish To Brand-New Boxes

New York City fills recycle bins with tons and tons of discarded paper. That cast-off fibre lives to serve another day, thanks to the wonders of recycling. NYC Sanitation’s director of photography Michael Anton followed that voyage from start to finish, creating this beautiful timelapse of the process.


There's $US2.5 Billion Worth Of Silver And Gold In Phones Sold This Year

Your gadgets contain tiny specks of precious and rare earth metals — we rely on these dust-sized particles, which are so small they’re often not recycled because the cost of recycling outweighs the value of the metals. But according to the American Chemical Society, the overall value of these minute materials is massive.


The Dirty Truth About Where Your Old Electronics Go

We all know we should recycle our electronics, but we don’t really know what happens after we drop them off at the e-waste centre. So filmmaker Alex Gorosh followed his old iPhones, all the way to Agbogbloshie, Ghana, the largest electronics dump in the world. It’s a place so dirty and dangerous it’s nicknamed “Sodom and Gomorrah.”


Here's What Happens To Your Beer Can After You Recycle It

Since we already know what happens to us once we’ve popped the top on a few too many cold ones — hello, hangover — let’s take a look at what happens to that can after you’ve pounded it; chances are, it will be less than a few months until it’s already back chilling out in a fridge somewhere.


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