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Students, researchers turn algae into renewable flip-flops

Students, researchers turn algae into renewable flip-flops

Science
Oct. 6 (UPI) -- A team of researchers and students at the University of California, San Diego are trying to curb the number of petroleum-based flip flops -- currently, 3 billion every year -- that end up in landfills.Their solution is the world's first algae-based, eco-friendly pair of flip flops."Even though a flip flop seems like a minor product, a throwaway that everyone wears, it turns out that this is the number one shoe in the world," Stephen Mayfield, a professor of biology at UCSD, said in a news release.In India, China and Africa, the flip flop is the most popular shoe."These are the shoes of a fisherman and a farmer," Mayfield said.Flip flops are responsible for a large amount of the polyurethane that ends up in the ocean. But researchers originally set their sights on the pollut...
Record-breaking summer for renewable power

Record-breaking summer for renewable power

Technology
Supplies of renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, in the UK have outstripped fossil fuels this summer.On 26 May, solar panels produced more than a quarter of all electricity needed in the country, with windy and bright conditions helping renewable energy generation to smash records.And for the first time on 7 June, wind, nuclear and solar were all generating more than gas and coal combined.The falling cost of wind and solar technology makes it increasingly attractive and energy firms have installed tens of thousands of solar panels in recent years.The home roof market has also boomed with an estimated 900,000 systems now online, despite generous government subsidies all but drying up in the last two years.Image:Wind and solar power are quickly growing in popularityDunsfold Aerodr...