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NZ Company Creates Revolutionary Nanofibers from Fish Skins

NZ Company Creates Revolutionary Nanofibers from Fish Skins

A New Zealand company is taking a major leap forward in commercializing nanotechnology -- Revolution Fibres Ltd plans on making nano-fabrics from the collagen in discarded fish skins. (New Zealand is an

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‘Build a Better Burb’ Competition Revitalizes Suburban Areas

‘Build a Better Burb’ Competition Revitalizes Suburban Areas

Calling out to architects, urban designers, planners, students, visionaries, the Build a Better Burb competition seeks to find a bold new design proposal that can retrofit underutilized spaces in suburban

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Rocket Engine Technology Being Used to Capture Carbon

Rocket Engine Technology Being Used to Capture Carbon

We all know that rocket science is cool - but did you know that it may also be a way to improve carbon capture technology? Under an innovative research project being run by the Department of Energy's

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World’s First Hybrid Coal-Solar Power Plant Goes Online in Colorado

World’s First Hybrid Coal-Solar Power Plant Goes Online in Colorado

Here's a case of strange bedfellows: the world's first hybrid coal-solar power plant is now up and running outside Palisade, Colorado. A joint project between the utilities giant Xcel Energy and Abengoa

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Crystal Compounds Used as Super-Efficient Carbon Storage Sponges

Crystal Compounds Used as Super-Efficient Carbon Storage Sponges

Carbon capture stands to reduce the impacts of climate change caused by industrial pollution -- but the methods currently available for capturing carbon are expensive, complicated and too burdensome to be

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Plans for California Hybrid Solar-Biomass Facility Scrapped

Plans for California Hybrid Solar-Biomass Facility Scrapped

This past week the Portuguese company Martifer Renewables abandoned plans to build a hybrid solar-biomass power facility in Fresno County, California due to objections from neighbors over air quality. The

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Green Fireworks for an Eco-Friendly Independence Day

Green Fireworks for an Eco-Friendly Independence Day

Fireworks are one of the best parts of Independence Day, but with their captivating flashes of light, it's all too easy to be blinded to the fact that they're also explosives that spew dust, smoke, heavy

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German Airports Use Bees to Monitor Air Quality

German Airports Use Bees to Monitor Air Quality

Green design isn't all about the shiniest new technology. Although we love our gadgets here at Inhabitat, we believe that sometimes using nature's proven ingenuity to assist the modern world is a better

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Formula One Legend Gordon Murray Unveils New T.25 Green City Car

Formula One Legend Gordon Murray Unveils New T.25 Green City Car

At Oxford University today Gordon Murray unveiled his revolutionary new T.25 City Car design. The Formula One legend, who is best known for designing dozens of cars that have come in first in the Grand

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Crazy Spike Covered Algae Powered Skyscraper Filters Polluted City Air

Crazy Spike Covered Algae Powered Skyscraper Filters Polluted City Air

The ‘City Respiration Skyscraper’ might look malicious with its spiky exterior, but its intentions are 100% benevolent. Designed by Czech architects Pavlína Doležalová and Jan Smékal, the

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Living, Breathing “Lung Chip” Provides Alternative to Animal Testing

Living, Breathing “Lung Chip” Provides Alternative to Animal Testing

Imagine if all the debate over which chemicals were safe and unsafe for humans were suddenly settled. We'd know which products to buy and which to ban. Class action lawsuits filed by communities exposed

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Researchers Develop 90% More Efficient Air Conditioning!

Researchers Develop 90% More Efficient Air Conditioning!

Summer is awesome - the jump in our electricity bills from air conditioning, not so much. Luckily for anyone watching their wallets (and for the power grid), scientists at the National Renewable Energy

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Reverse Graffiti Hits the Streets of Porto Alegre, Brazil

Reverse Graffiti Hits the Streets of Porto Alegre, Brazil

Reverse graffiti — removing paint or dirt from a wall to create a pattern — is a hot trend internationally, and many cities have had a hard time figuring out how to handle it legally.

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GigaOM TV Launches Green Overdrive Video Show!

GigaOM TV Launches Green Overdrive Video Show!

If it's green, we'll drive it -- that's the motto of a new weekly video show for GigaOM TV and Earth2Tech called Green Overdrive, where the Earth2Tech editors drive the latest green vehicles, from a

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Photosynthetic Concept Car is Powered Completely by Plants

Photosynthetic Concept Car is Powered Completely by Plants

Skirting the boundaries of blue-sky design, designers Michal Vlcek and Klavir have dreamed up a futuristic eco car that is propelled entirely by photosynthesis. The car's dome-shaped interior is home to a

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Cell Phone Sensors Can Detect Toxins, Alert Emergency Responders

Cell Phone Sensors Can Detect Toxins, Alert Emergency Responders

It's amazing how far cell phones have come in just the last couple years - and the tech is about to get a lot more innovative. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego are creating tiny,

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San Francisco’s Vertical Gardens Exhibit Closes This Weekend!

San Francisco’s Vertical Gardens Exhibit Closes This Weekend!

Bright green, hanging and vibrant flora are invading the city of San Francisco, in the most global and ubiquitous sense. Vertical Gardens, an exhibit at the American Institute of Architects, San

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World’s First Vertical Cube Garden Planted In Spain

World’s First Vertical Cube Garden Planted In Spain

We love us some urban gardening and this new plant cube in Getafe, Spain has us giddy with leafy excitement. It is a four sided vertical garden installed on top of a shopping center to muffle and cool

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Bionic Humidifier: A Flower that Helps You Breathe Easier

Bionic Humidifier: A Flower that Helps You Breathe Easier

Nature, nurture and design come together in Gonglue Jiang's Bionic Humidifier -- a clever appliance masquerading as a potted plant that also functions as an indoor humidifier. Jiang’s artificial

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Green Screen: A Living, Carbon-Capturing Face Mask That Filters Bacteria

Green Screen: A Living, Carbon-Capturing Face Mask That Filters Bacteria

Face masks are certainly on the rise these days, with more and more people hoping to ward off the most unforgiving airborne ailments without the prick of a needle or the popping of anti-bodies. So what if

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WIN a Beautiful ANDREA Houseplant Air Purifier (worth $195)!

WIN a Beautiful ANDREA Houseplant Air Purifier (worth $195)!

If you're an urban-dweller, fresh air may be a hard thing to come by both outdoors and in. So why not stop all that dust, pollen, and other unsavory airborne elements from infiltrating your sacred spaces

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Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

In the poorest regions of the world, exposure to kerosene kills one person every 20 seconds. That's why we're really impressed with the folks over at Plus Minus Solar who've designed their Solar Pebble to

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The Personal Fresh Air Desk is a New Kind of Cubicle

The Personal Fresh Air Desk is a New Kind of Cubicle

For those who’ve had enough of those depressing gray upholstered cubicle walls, the Personal Fresh Air Desk just may be your salvation. Created by Julio Radesca de Carvalhom, a recent graduate of the

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Ingredients in Hair Conditioners, Fabric Softeners Scrub CO2 from the Air

Ingredients in Hair Conditioners, Fabric Softeners Scrub CO2 from the Air

The solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants may be sitting in your cupboard. Scientists at GE Global Research found that aminosilicones--a group of materials found in

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A “Smart” Vest That Detects the Presence of Air Pollutants

A “Smart” Vest That Detects the Presence of Air Pollutants

With all of today’s air pollutants compromising our health, what's one to do to avoid finding themselves in toxic peril? While you could go coal miner’s style carrying a canary around with you, we

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Modular Neuroid: A Personal Pollutant Sensor

Modular Neuroid: A Personal Pollutant Sensor

What if your five senses included the ability to detect carbon monoxide, methane gas and smoke? What if you could record and upload your exposure to these elements to a network of other users? What if

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Carbon Emissions at All-Time High Despite Economic Slowdown

Carbon Emissions at All-Time High Despite Economic Slowdown

If there were one good thing to come out of the economic recession, you would think it would be a decrease in carbon emissions from industrial slowdowns. Unfortunately, new research shows that's not the

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Underwater Volcanoes Help Suck Carbon from the Air

Underwater Volcanoes Help Suck Carbon from the Air

Scientists recently determined the planet has an unlikely ally in the battle against climate change--undersea volcanoes. A group of Australian and French scientists found that a vast network of underwater

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CCC: Outdoor Seating That Purifies the Air

CCC: Outdoor Seating That Purifies the Air

Inhabitat reader deborah Sommers tells us how Alexandre Moronnoz’s new outdoor seating CCC (named after Champignon Carbone Capture, the material from which it is made) takes the concept of ‘green’

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White House Finalizes First Ever National Law to Limit Car Emissions

White House Finalizes First Ever National Law to Limit Car Emissions

America's vehicles are about to get a little greener. This week, the White House is finalizing rules that will set the first national standard for controlling the country's car and truck emissions. The

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