Simple mycelium filaments can be grown to replace different types of oil-based plastics.
Biology is simply not the best system out there for our species’ evolution. It’s frail, terminal, and needs to be upgraded.
In this episode of Upgrade, we check out Daan Roosegaarde's air-cleaning project, which is planned for installation in Beijing.
We’ve surpassed our capacity to sustainably fish wild caught fish, shrimp, and mollusks from the ocean, and so we’ve turned to aquaculture.
Oil spills are an unavoidable part of our future on this planet, but we could at least clean them up better.
In this episode of Upgrade, we meet the Dutch team behind the VeloX3, which holds the world speed record for pedal-powered bikes.
Twenty-year-old Boyan Slat plans to rid oceans of plastic using giant nets and natural gyres. It would be the largest structure ever built on the high seas.
We've all heard the arguments about peak oil, but who's talking about peak water? Crippling droughts have been felt worldwide in the last year, and our water use is growing at an incredible pace. Climate change doesn't help. For example, a third of t…
It can't be very hard for Bertrand Piccard to explain to his family why he wants to fly around the world with only sunlight for fuel. In the 1930s, his grandfather, Auguste Piccard, a physicist and inventor, applied his excitement and interest in bal…
Massive oil spills like the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster last year - or the ongoing disaster "along the Niger Delta":http://articles.latimes.com/2011/aug/05/world/la-fg-nigeria-oil-20110805 - are fortunately rare. But smaller scale ocean pollution i…