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China Takes Steps to Make Containers More Environmentally Friendly

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China’s government has made a move to reduce the environmental impact of shipping containers. This has temporarily ceased 70% of new container production and will put the price up on new containers. The good thing is that those workers making the containers won’t be exposed to dangerously high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in…

Could Shipping Container Farms Save Humanity?

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Tesla and SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk said in late 2016, there are two ‘fundamental paths’ humanity can take: “One is that we stay on Earth forever and then there will be an inevitable extinction event,” he said. “The alternative is to become a spacefaring civilisation, and a multi-planetary species.” Musk has taken the first step…

SideArm: Bringing Fire to the Enemy in a Shipping Container

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Whatever you think of the United States projecting their strength around the world, they sometimes come up with some pretty cool gadgets to make this happen. The US military research lab DARPA’s newest toy is the SideArm, a launching and recovery system for unmanned drones, that fits inside the footprint of a 20ft shipping container…

Weird and Wonderful Things Carried in Shipping Containers

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Container ships have revolutionised the world of cargo. Where once moving goods by sea cost around 25% of their final retail value, container ships have brought the cost down to as little as 2.5 cents per unit for a 5,000 mile journey across the ocean. The trade off is that where once cargo was visible…

Why This 20ft Shipping Container Surgical Sterilisation Unit Could Save Millions of Lives

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Here at the Gateway Gazette we have shown some pretty cool shipping container conversions. But this shipping container conversion could save millions of lives – a 20ft shipping container hospital surgical sterilisation unit. In developing countries the rates of post-operative infection are huge, with around 1 in 3 people undergoing even the simplest surgery getting…

Shipping Container Water Purification Systems Help Communities in Need

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Nearly one in ten people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water – that is 783 million people. Global warming is adding to the problem with rising sea levels meaning salt water can reach into previously safe water supplies, while increasingly violent storms wash impurities into water supplies. One solution to…

Portable Wind Turbines That Can Fit Inside Shipping Containers

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Last week Gateway Gazette showed how China is developing a nuclear power plant that is so small that it can fit in a 40ft shipping container. Whereas this makes some people feel uneasy for a variety of reasons, this week’s shipping container power generation is somewhat better for the environment and regional stability – portable…