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Energy Innovation: Could Sand Power the Next Battery?

The world is in the midst of a renewable energy transition being propelled forward at a breakneck speed by the rising costs of oil and gas, climate change impacts and the increased availability of alternative technologies. One of the most significant challenges to the widespread adoption of renewable energy is providing a steady supply of […]

Dance Energy and the Human Battery

A Scottish nightclub has introduced a unique way of gathering energy, so this week on The Biofriendly Podcast we explore something called ‘piezoelectricity’ and how it can be used with the human body. Can people emit enough energy to be gathered and stored, will this help the world’s energy problems, or is this how we end up in The Matrix?

What Have We Learned From Hurricanes?

As the U.S. Southeast faces yet another hurricane, we wanted to focus this week’s Biofriendly Podcast on the improvements we’ve made over the years when facing these storms. Join us as we discuss hurricane preparedness, what our greatest sense might be, and why we can all get along despite what we read on the internet.

Recycle Wind Turbines By Eating Them?

By 2050, it’s estimated that we will have 12 million metric tons of wind turbine blades to throw away, so how do we prevent all of them from ending up in a landfill? This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we discuss the ways of recycling wind turbines into everything from concrete to candy, why you should hold on to your nickels, and does Noel do the greatest tap dance routine in history?

Hopper Pockets and the Challenge of Eating More Insects

In Western cultures, most of us get the heebie-jeebies when we see bugs, but in most countries around the world, insects are routinely eaten and even enjoyed. This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we talk about insects as food, the benefits they have on our environment, and what are Hopper Pockets and how can we get some?

What are Nano Diamonds?

A recent story in the news about scientists using lasers to create nano diamonds out of plastic waste led us to a completely different type of ‘nano diamond’ that aims to solve our world’s energy problems. This week we explore how this exciting new tech might be able to make a battery that runs for 20,000 years, why you should always pay attention in school, and can acting schools be a bad idea?

Tractor Hacking and the Right to Repair

At the latest DefCon security conference, an expert hacker discovered a new jailbreak that would allow farmers to modify and repair the expensive equipment that’s vital to their work. This week we discuss why the hack was considered a victory in giving consumers the right to repair the Internet of Things (IoT) products they buy, what future generations will do with technology, and why is so hard to go to the bathroom in our building?

What is De-Extinction?

The Tasmanian tiger may live once again as scientists attempt to resurrect the species that went extinct in 1936! This week on The Biofriendly Podcast we discuss the ‘de-extinction’ of species like the thylacine, the woolly mammoth, and even the Christmas Island rat. What does this mean for our environment, does Dr. Ian Malcolm / Jeff Goldblum have a say in it, and did the podcast transform into a radio play?

The Planetary Potential of 3D Printing

A team of scientists recently developed a biodegradable paper battery created with the help of 3D printing, so this week on The Biofriendly Podcast we discussed a few environmental pros and cons of this new technology. How does 3D printing work, what are the more sustainable options, and why do we need to ignore the movie Armageddon if we conquer space?

The Magic of Dolphin Poo

The Great Barrier Reef recorded the highest amount of coral cover in nearly four decades and it’s time to celebrate the win! This week we dive deep into the ocean to see who is helping the coral, who is hurting the coral, and what does dolphin poo have to do with it all?