Vodka, toothpaste, yoga mats … the new technology making items out of thin air

Vodka, toothpaste, yoga mats … the new technology making items out of thin air
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Tackling climate change may bring unexpected benefits, London’s Science Museum will reveal next month. A special exhibition on carbon capture, the fledgling technology of extracting greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and emissions from factories, will display bottles of vodka, tubes of toothpaste, pens and yoga mats made from carbon drawn out of thin air. In addition, the exhibition – Our Future Planet – will showcase prototypes of the gas-harvesting machines that can provide this carbon. They include the Lackner artificial tree which mirrors the actions of living plants by breathing in carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen. This Heath Robinson-like device – made up of dangling panels of carbon-absorbing material – was built by Klaus Lackner at Arizona State University and will be the first to be displayed in Britain. Also featured will be the Swiss Climeworks carbon extractor system and a carbon capture device developed at Aberdeen University. All can remove carbon from air, to be used for alcohol or products such as Open Air toothpaste. The taste of tomorrow may be flavoured with air-captured carbon. “These objects highlight the importance of research to help protect the planet from the effects of global warming,” added Sophie Waring, curator of […]

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