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Introducing the Climate Solutions Inspired by Nature

From sensors inspired by dandelion seeds, to sensors installed on the heads of seals. Sometimes nature itself provides the inspiration for modern environmental technology.

Dandelion Seeds Inspire Lightweight Sensors for Mass Networks

Setting up sensor networks can be expensive and time consuming. A new project from the University of Washington has turned to nature for solutions.

How Sensors on Walls and Balconies Can Help Citizens Clean Up Air Pollution

The air in our cities is polluted. With sensors, citizens can collect measurements, allowing them to uncover sources and build up political pressure.

Non-Invasive Ultra-Thin Needle Sensors Could Power the Precision Farming of the Future

Agri-tech researchers have taken inspiration from medical science to create microneedles that monitor the health of crops.

Cheap Sensors Provide Missing Air Quality Data in African Cities

Calibrated low-cost sensors in Kinshasa and Brazzaville provide new information on pollution and help scientists model a way to improve access to air quality data.

MIT’s Nano-Augmented Spinach Can Email Environmental Alerts

Spinach's reputation as a "superfood" just got a high-tech boost. A team at MIT has discovered that aside from being part of a healthy diet, spinach can actually be employed as a research assistant - capable of sending email and alerting us to key changes in the environment.

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Can Cows Predict Earthquakes? Animal Observation Could Serve as an Early Warning System

A new research project is looking into whether there's scientific truth behind a long-held, but as yet untested, belief - that animals are able to sense imminent earthquakes. These new insights might be able to help us predict earthquakes in the future, set up early warning systems and ultimately limit their damage.

WeCount: The Traffic Sensors Empowering Citizens to Improve Urban Air Quality

Armed with simple sensors and open source data, a pioneering new EU-backed project hopes to help NGOs, governments and local citizens make urban areas healthier and safer places to live.