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It may look like an ordinary rubbish bin, but don't let that fool you. Throw an aluminium can in here and you'd be none the wiser, but try chucking a plastic bottle away, and with an angry buzz it will throw it back out at you, fans whirring to rid itself of the wrong kind of rubbish...

2009-10-16

 rubbish artificial intelligence recycling
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just...
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Scientists have developed a way to convert urine in to a renewable energy source.

2010-10-06

 urine recycling energy pig pub beer chemistry
Two men in the US have been charged with cutting up a steel bridge and selling it for scrap.

2011-10-18

 metal recycling theft
As people live longer and medical technology improves, more and more of us will have a surgical implant before we die. We are also getting cremated in larger numbers - and so there is often some expensive metal left among the ashes. Where does it go?

2012-02-21

 implant metal recycling cremation death medicine
A long-standing mystery about how dying stars spew out the material of future planets is now solved, scientists say.

2012-04-11

 dust star matter planet astronomy astrophysics explosion solar wind recycling light