Biodegradable plastics offer “no advantage” over conventional plastics in reducing ocean pollution

Bags made of supposedly biodegradable plastics remain intact and useable three years after being dropped in the sea or buried underground, researchers have found. The study, carried out by the University of... Read more »

Ford makes Self-Braking Trolley that can’t be crashed

Automobile maker Ford has borrowed anti-collision technology from its cars to build a supermarket trolley that children can’t crash. The Self-Braking Trolley is designed to stop automatically before hitting a person, shelf or... Read more »

Contraceptive jewellery offers alternative method of birth control

Contraceptives and other drugs could be administered through an earring, using a method invented by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The researchers have developed a small contraceptive patch that sticks... Read more »

London Marathon offers edible seaweed drinks capsules as alternative to plastic bottles

Over 30,000 edible drinks capsules made from seaweed were handed out to runners at the London Marathon yesterday, in a bid to reduce plastic waste. The marathon was the largest ever trial... Read more »

Layer and Nio’s intelligent Pal scooter learns your favourite routes

Layer has teamed up with Chinese automotive company Nio to design an electric scooter that uses artificial intelligence and machine-learning technology to autonomously take you on your preferred routes. The smart scooter,... Read more »

PepsiCo launches SodaStream-style drinks dispenser for refillable bottles

PepsiCo has launched a drinks machine for offices and schools, to give its customers an alternative to using single-use plastic. The machine, which PepsiCo describes as an “integrated hydration platform”, is meant... Read more »

“China is one of the best places for experimenting” with urban technology says Carlo Ratti

All eyes should be on China in the race to develop smart cities, says architect Carlo Ratti, who is co-curating this year’s Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture in Shenzhen. China offers unique perspectives... Read more »

Samsung postpones launch of Galaxy Fold over screen breakages

Samsung has pushed back the launch of its highly anticipated folding smartphone after multiple reviewers reported the screens broke within days. The Galaxy Fold was set to hit the market in the... Read more »

RCA postgraduates create open navigation system inspired by insect eyes

A team of student designers and engineers from the RCA and Imperial College have designed an open-source alternative to GPS, called Aweigh, that does not rely on satellites. Instead, the device calculates... Read more »

Lynk & Co will “change the industry” with Netflix-style service for cars says Alain Visser

Chinese automotive brand Lynk & Co is set to launch a subscription service in Europe in 2020, which will disrupt the car industry like “Uber has changed the taxi industry”, according to company CEO Alain Visser.... Read more »