Kelly Slater Wave Company: 100 percent powered by solar energy

The first surf pool developed by the Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC) will be 100 percent powered by solar energy.

The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced that the Kelly Slater Wave Company is one of the first businesses in California to join the firm's Solar Choice program.

PG&E's Solar Choice program allows customers to purchase half or all of their electric power from solar energy locally sourced in Northern and Central California, even if they're unable to install rooftop solar due to space, lack of sun exposure or ownership limitations.

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Plastics: by 2050 oceans will contain more weight of plastics than fish | Photo: Bledowski/BigStockPhoto

A report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation concluded that by 2050 oceans will contain more weight of plastics than fish.

"The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics" is the result of a three-year study of the powerful global plastic industry. In the next 20 years, the use of plastics will double.

Researchers believe that by 2050 the entire plastics industry will consume 20 percent of the world's oil production and 15 percent of the annual carbon budget.

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IrukaTact: the portable sonar for floods and tsunamis

Researchers at the Tsukuba University in Japan have developed a sonar glove that allows swimmers or post-tsunami rescue teams to "see" with their fingers in murky waters.

Aisen Chacin and Takeshi Oozu created a very special DIY kit. IrukaTact is a portable underwater sonar system that, when used as a glove, will tell users they're approaching objects or other solid materials.

The PhD duo believes that their 3D-printed sonar can play a crucial role during flood searches. IrukaTact - a blend of the words "iruka" ( the Japanese word for "dolphin") and "tactile" - features small water jets that will help you feel and find anything up to two feet away.

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