Ariel Schwartz

 

Ariel Schwartz is the editor of Cleantechnica.com, a daily contributor at FastCompany.com, and a former blogger for Greenbiz.com. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, live music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). A New Jersey native, she currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

Ariel Schwartz
Carbon Nanotubes Could Create Buildings That Move

Carbon Nanotubes Could Create Buildings That Move

File this in the creepy yet useful category: architectural research firm Decker Yeadon is currently researching how carbon nanotubes may one day create a building material able to move without

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Autonomous Ocean Robot to Unlock Secrets of Antarctica

Autonomous Ocean Robot to Unlock Secrets of Antarctica

Autonomous robots may be able to tell us just how bad the melting ice situation is in Antarctica and other hard-to-reach locations. Gavia, a bullet-shaped robot developed by the University of

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San Diego to Unveil Nation’s Largest Wind-Powered LED Light Show

San Diego to Unveil Nation’s Largest Wind-Powered LED Light Show

Attention, residents of San Diego, California: keep an eye out for the launch of the largest interactive green energy lighting project in North America! The Port Commissioners and Caltrans just

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Silicon Nanopores Could Increase Lithium Ion Battery Capacity By 10x

Silicon Nanopores Could Increase Lithium Ion Battery Capacity By 10x

A team of researchers from Rice University and Lockheed Martin have found that silicon nanopores (micron-sized pores on top of silicon wafers) can increase lithium-ion battery capacity by 10

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200MPH Bullet Trains to Connect Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam

200MPH Bullet Trains to Connect Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam

Good news for European jet-setters: traveling from the U.K. to Germany and Holland is about to get a whole lot easier. German rail company Deutsche Bahn is in the testing stages for a

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MIT Introduces Paper-Thin Solar Cells

MIT Introduces Paper-Thin Solar Cells

Solar cells keep getting thinner and tinier, and thanks to MIT and their research sponsor Eni, we are already seeing cells that can be folded up into paper airplanes! Recently revealed, MIT's

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Self-Balancing Electric Unicycle Makes Green Biking Fun

Self-Balancing Electric Unicycle Makes Green Biking Fun

Looking for an eye-catching alternative to a bicycle or motorcycle? Enter the Self-Balancing Unicycle (SBU), an electric contraption from Focus Designs that features a 1000 watt motor, three

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LEGO Letterpress Makes Ultra-Unique Pixelated Designs

LEGO Letterpress Makes Ultra-Unique Pixelated Designs

We love old letterpresses and LEGO blocks, so we were extremely excited to see the combination of the two in the LEGO Letterpress - a letterpress that makes pixelated art with a little help

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New York City Will Install Dual Flush Toilets Citywide

New York City Will Install Dual Flush Toilets Citywide

New York City residents, rejoice - toilets in new city buildings will soon have the capacity to flush 20 golf balls at a time. The New York City Council is now requiring all new buildings to

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Clif Bar HQ to Get Largest Smart Solar Array in North America

Clif Bar HQ to Get Largest Smart Solar Array in North America

Your next Clif Bar may be produced by the sun now that the food manufacturer is installing the biggest smart solar array in North America. The 530 kilowatt array, which is currently under

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Oasis-Sprouting Solar Umbrellas for Los Angeles

Oasis-Sprouting Solar Umbrellas for Los Angeles

Project UMBRELLA just took the $5,000 first place award in The Architect’s Newspaper and SCI‐Arc's recent Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, which asked entrants

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Energy Generating Desert Towers Harvest the Sun and Wind

Energy Generating Desert Towers Harvest the Sun and Wind

Dubai is a hub for bold architecture. It makes sense, then, that Karim Mahmoud Elnabawy Balbaa’s entry in the 2010 Land Art Generator Initiative Design Competition is striking — and

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New Nokia Concept Phone Charges Using Body Heat

New Nokia Concept Phone Charges Using Body Heat

What if charging your cell phone was as easy as sticking it in your pocket for a few hours? That's the premise of the Nokia E-Cu concept phone, developed by British designer Patrick Hyland.

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The Electric DeLorean Takes Riders Back to the Future

The Electric DeLorean Takes Riders Back to the Future

If Back to the Future was made today, Doc Brown's DeLorean would probably be an all-electric powerhouse. While we haven't heard about any movie remakes in the pipeline, the electric DeLorean is

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Life Preserver-Launching Bazooka Wins James Dyson Award

Life Preserver-Launching Bazooka Wins James Dyson Award

If you see a giant orange bazooka gun firing bullets into the ocean, don't panic; it may just be the Longreach Buoyancy Deployment System, a bazooka that shoots Life Rings (water-activated

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Removable Gum Will Keep Teeth and City Streets Looking Pristine

Removable Gum Will Keep Teeth and City Streets Looking Pristine

Imagine if your city streets were left pristine, unstained by those unattractive black chewing gum splotches. Sound like a pipe dream? Well, it's  not an impossibility--Revolymer, a spin-out

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Ancient Italian Town Completely Powered by Renewable Energy

Ancient Italian Town Completely Powered by Renewable Energy

Renewable energy installations aren't just for futuristic metropolises; they're also useful in even the tiniest remote villages. Take Tocco, for example -- the 2,700-person Italian town has

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Wave Power Lights Up U.S. Electrical Grid For First Time

Wave Power Lights Up U.S. Electrical Grid For First Time

We write a lot about wave power here at Inhabitat, but functional wave farms are few and far between. Now Ocean Power Technologies has hooked up its PB40 PowerBuoy to the grid at the Marine

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World’s Lightest Bike Weighs Just Six Pounds!

World’s Lightest Bike Weighs Just Six Pounds!

Think your bicycle is lightweight? It's probably a clunker compared to this $45,000 racing bike designed by Fairwheel Bikes in Tuscon, Arizona. The speedy bike weighs just 6 pounds--considerably

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Researchers Transform Sewage Sludge Into Power

Researchers Transform Sewage Sludge Into Power

Waste treatment plants have to get rid of sludge somehow, so why not try to find a way to turn all that muck into energy? That's what researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno are attempting

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BMW Unveils Their New Electric Mini Scooter E

BMW Unveils Their New Electric Mini Scooter E

If you've been holding off on purchasing an electric scooter, this may be the beauty that you've been waiting for. The Mini Scooter E by BMW is a retro plug-in electric vehicle inspired by

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Giant Helmet Sculpture is Made Out of Helmets!

Giant Helmet Sculpture is Made Out of Helmets!

What's the best thing to do with construction helmets? Turn them into a massive helmet sculpture, of course! That's what sculptor Rafael Melida did with 3,283 yellow helmets, all of which were

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Telecommuting, Online Shopping Increase Carbon Emissions

Telecommuting, Online Shopping Increase Carbon Emissions

Attention, telecommuters: think twice the next time you brag about your reduced environmental impact. That's the conclusion of a report from the U.K's Institution of Engineering and Technology

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Spain Announces Plans for Country’s Largest Biomass Plant

Spain Announces Plans for Country’s Largest Biomass Plant

Spain may have cut its famous solar subsidies in light of their financial crisis, but that hasn't stopped other renewable energy sectors in the country from thriving. The country will soon be

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Scientists Developing Talk-Powered Cell Phones

Scientists Developing Talk-Powered Cell Phones

Attention, chatterboxes of the world: one day you may be rewarded for your talkativeness with power to juice up your cell phones. Researchers in Korea have figured out a way to turn the main

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Built-In Electrical Wiring Could Directly Monitor Home Energy Use

Built-In Electrical Wiring Could Directly Monitor Home Energy Use

Soon enough, your home electrical wiring could do more than just keep electronics running--it could also act as a giant information-transmitting antenna. Researchers at the University of

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Are Wind-Catching Sails the Future of Skateboarding?

Are Wind-Catching Sails the Future of Skateboarding?

We love innovations that keep people out of their cars and using alternative methods of transportation, so we were intrigued to hear about the Sporting Sail. This $79 kite-like device

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Derringer Cycles: Hybrid Bikes Modeled After 1920′s Racers

Derringer Cycles: Hybrid Bikes Modeled After 1920′s Racers

On the hunt for a bicycle that doesn't have a drab, traditional hybrid frame? Then check out Derringer Cycles, a line of hybrid bikes modeled after 1920's racing motorcycles. These stunning

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Real-Life Snow Globe Used to Test Energy-Efficient House

Real-Life Snow Globe Used to Test Energy-Efficient House

Image © Kristina K British researchers are using a real-life snowglobe to make sure that an energy-efficient home can withstand the seasons. The so-called “energy house” is

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Philips Develops World’s First AC-Powered OLED

Philips Develops World’s First AC-Powered OLED

Philips reached a new milestone in OLED lighting this week: the first AC-powered OLED module. In the past, OLED technology required DC voltage -- a requirement that meant OLED panels had to

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