Al Bredenberg

 

Al Bredenberg is a writer, analyst, consultant, and communicator. He writes about the environment, energy, innovation, management, and sustainable business and design. Al is a lifelong learner with intense curiosity and no off-switch. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, with his wife Virginia.

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 8 Questions With Liz Rooks of North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

Inhabitat: What did the Research Triangle Foundation hope to achieve when it set out to develop the new RTP master plan? Liz Rooks: Our board recognized that, after fifty years, the way we were

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UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

A new United Nations report makes the startling assertion that disasters have resulted in $2.5 trillion in damage within the last 13 years alone. Those losses fall principally on the private

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Pollux’NZ City Project Deploys an Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Network

Pollux’NZ City Project Deploys an Open-Source Environmental Monitoring Network

An open-source environmental monitoring network is now being tested in France by CKAB, a French consulting firm and innovation lab focusing on the Internet of Things. According to Hack a Day,

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Joshua Harris’ 3D Clothing Printer Recycles Old Garments to Create New Apparel

Joshua Harris’ 3D Clothing Printer Recycles Old Garments to Create New Apparel

Excited about that stylish top from J.Crew but wish you could have it for the party tonight? Why not just 3D print it right at home? That's the vision embodied in a Clothing Printer conceived by

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Designer Aaron Mickelson Shows How a Product Can Be Its Own ‘Disappearing Package’

Designer Aaron Mickelson Shows How a Product Can Be Its Own ‘Disappearing Package’

In the case of each product, Mickelson sought out a method to eliminate the package altogether, producing a no-waste packaging solution that is still aesthetically pleasing. In the case of Glad

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Nanoscribe Unveils the World’s Fastest Nano-Scale 3D Printer

Nanoscribe Unveils the World’s Fastest Nano-Scale 3D Printer

Nanoscribe GmbH, a German company based in Karlsruhe, has released the Photonic Professional GT, which it claims is “the world’s fastest 3D printer of micro- and nanostructures.” An

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Marcus Thymark’s Open-Source FilaMaker Shreds and Recycles Plastic for 3D Printing

Marcus Thymark’s Open-Source FilaMaker Shreds and Recycles Plastic for 3D Printing

German engineer and inventor Marcus Thymark is developing a filament-producing machine that allows 3D printing enthusiasts to grind up and reprocess discarded printed objects and other scrap

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Parallax Landscape Re-Imagines a Low-Carbon Future for a Coal-Dominated Australian City

Parallax Landscape Re-Imagines a Low-Carbon Future for a Coal-Dominated Australian City

Parallax Landscape is a design collaborative consisting of Yu Ding, designer at Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates in New York; Kees Lokman, assistant professor of landscape architecture at

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The Cultured Landscape Sets Out a Strategy for Sustainable Transformation of an Australian Brownfield

The Cultured Landscape Sets Out a Strategy for Sustainable Transformation of an Australian Brownfield

Rather than simply let the Latrobe Valley revert to a supposed “natural” state, NAAU proposes a new urban design that retains and adaptively reuses “the significant industrial

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Pwdr’s Open-Source Technology Could Enable Full-Color 3D-Printing

Pwdr’s Open-Source Technology Could Enable Full-Color 3D-Printing

A project by a student at the University of Twente (Enschede, Netherlands) has resulted in an open-source 3D-printing technology that could enable four-color printing, according to

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InMoov is an Open-Source Humanoid Robot You Can Make With a 3D Printer

InMoov is an Open-Source Humanoid Robot You Can Make With a 3D Printer

Gael Langevin, a French sculptor and model-maker, is developing a design for an open-source humanoid robot that you can make with your own 3D printer. Langevin calls his robot InMoov, and he is

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Organovo’s Bioprinter Technology Could Lead to 3D Printed Human Organs

Organovo’s Bioprinter Technology Could Lead to 3D Printed Human Organs

Organovo Holdings, a San Diego, CA-based manufacturer of 3-dimensional human tissues, recently announced a partnership with 3D-software company Autodesk Inc. to develop the first 3D design

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Did Removing Lead From Gasoline Cause Violent Crime to Plummet?

Did Removing Lead From Gasoline Cause Violent Crime to Plummet?

Research in recent years has uncovered a strong connection between reductions in lead pollution and the decline in violent crime in the U.S. Writing in Mother Jones this month, Kevin Drum

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3D Systems’ New CubeX 3D Printer Can Print Objects as Big as a Basketball

3D Systems’ New CubeX 3D Printer Can Print Objects as Big as a Basketball

3D Systems launched a new 3D printer at the 2013 CES, which boasts “the largest print volume in its category,” according to an announcement from the firm. Called the CubeX, the printer is

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Vincent Chan’s Citi.Transmitter Shows How a Modular Vehicle Could Support Sustainable Cities

Vincent Chan’s Citi.Transmitter Shows How a Modular Vehicle Could Support Sustainable Cities

  Chan tells explained to us that Citi.Transmitter was his final-year project in 2010 when he was studying at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He says that the system “is

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University of Texas Fracking Study Discredited Over Researcher’s Financial Interests in Natural Gas

University of Texas Fracking Study Discredited Over Researcher’s Financial Interests in Natural Gas

The University of Texas (UT) at Austin has withdrawn a prominent study of the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking,” the controversial process used for extraction of

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Dominion and FuelCell Energy to Build North America’s Largest Fuel Cell Power Plant in Connecticut

Dominion and FuelCell Energy to Build North America’s Largest Fuel Cell Power Plant in Connecticut

Dominion, a large energy company based in Virginia, and FuelCell Energy Inc. (FCE), a Connecticut manufacturer of fuel cell power plants, have announced that they will be developing the largest

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Leaked IPCC Report Used by Critics to Claim Global Warming Is Caused by Solar Forcing

Leaked IPCC Report Used by Critics to Claim Global Warming Is Caused by Solar Forcing

On Thursday, a writer named Alec Rawls posted a leaked draft version of a portion of the upcoming Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and

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Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

Exploring the Sustainable City With Harvard’s Ecological Urbanism iPad App

A new free iPad app is taking an iconic vision of sustainable cities and making it accessible to millions of tablet users in an interactive format. The Harvard Graduate School of Design has

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Researchers Develop Technique for 3D-Printing Cartilage Implants

Researchers Develop Technique for 3D-Printing Cartilage Implants

Researchers from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. have developed a technique for 3D printing cartilage implants that could be used in the future to repair damaged cartilage in

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Bike Zone Device Creates a Lighted Safety Zone for Night Cycling

Bike Zone Device Creates a Lighted Safety Zone for Night Cycling

Have you ever been freaked out riding your bike at night, surrounded by automobiles piloted by distracted drivers? Well, here's an innovation for safer night-cycling that might be hitting the

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Phantom Geometry 3D Printing Innovation Wins SCI-Arc’s Gehry Prize

Phantom Geometry 3D Printing Innovation Wins SCI-Arc’s Gehry Prize

Liz and Kyle von Hasseln, students at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), have won the school's newly established Gehry Prize, reports Archinect News. The Hasselns, a

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North Carolina’s Research Triangle Master Plan Seeks to Get More Done in Less Space, Sustainably

North Carolina’s Research Triangle Master Plan Seeks to Get More Done in Less Space, Sustainably

Located on a then-rural tract of land between the university cities of Raleigh (NCSU), Durham (Duke University), and Chapel Hill (UNC) the 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park was established in

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New Master Plan for North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park Will Stress Sustainable Development

New Master Plan for North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park Will Stress Sustainable Development

RTP was established in 1959 as a center for R&D, strategically located in the middle of the triangle formed by the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State

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Online ‘Cool Farm’ Tool Helps Farmers Calculate Their Carbon Footprint

Online ‘Cool Farm’ Tool Helps Farmers Calculate Their Carbon Footprint

The Cool Farm Institute has announced that it will soon introduce a free online version of its Cool Farm Tool to help farmers calculate the carbon footprint of their farm and livestock

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British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

British Cooperative Launches World’s Largest Community-Owned Solar Park

The Westmill Solar Cooperative announced Nov. 1 the launch of the world's largest community-owned solar project in the south of England near Oxford. The 5 MW 30-acre Westmill solar park consists

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Robotic Elephant Water Clock Designed in 1206 AD Recreated in Dubai Shopping Mall

Robotic Elephant Water Clock Designed in 1206 AD Recreated in Dubai Shopping Mall

A kinetic energy-powered robotic “elephant clock” designed in the 13th century by Al-Jazari, the Muslim “father of robotics,” now serves as a centerpiece of the Ibn Battuta Mall in

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DNA Pioneer Craig Venter Developing a 3D Printer for Vaccines

DNA Pioneer Craig Venter Developing a 3D Printer for Vaccines

Photo via Shutterstock Geneticist J. Craig Venter told attendees at the recent Wired Health Conference in New York City that his scientific team is working on what he calls “a 3D printer

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British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

British Firm Produces Liquid Fuel From Water and Thin Air

Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), a small firm in Stockton-on-Tees, UK, has succeedin in synthesizing gasoline from water and carbon dioxide (CO2) extracted from air. The Independent reported on Friday

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