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
Apple’s New iPhone 4 is Ultra Thin, Light – But is it Green?

Apple’s New iPhone 4 is Ultra Thin, Light – But is it Green?

The moment that smartphone geeks have been waiting for is finally here: Apple has just unveiled the fourth generation iPhone at today's WWDC conference in San Francisco. At a diminutive 9.3 mm

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EADS Develops First Algae Fuel-Powered Aircraft

EADS Develops First Algae Fuel-Powered Aircraft

We've seen algae-powered cars and biofuel-powered planes, but European aerospace company EADS is the first to combine the two with an algae fuel-powered aircraft. The company's twin-engine

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California Assembly Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags

California Assembly Votes to Ban Single-Use Plastic Grocery Bags

Take a good look at that plastic supermarket bag sitting in your kitchen. If you live in California, it might soon be a relic of the past. The state Assembly voted 41 to 27 yesterday to to ban

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Robotic Fish Could Lead Real Fish Away From Danger

Robotic Fish Could Lead Real Fish Away From Danger

What if robots could lead fish away from major danger zones like, say, a massive oil spill off the Gulf Coast? It might be possible with the launch of Maurizio Porfiri's remote-controlled

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Plan To Transform The Moon Into a Solar Plant is Sheer LUNAcy

Plan To Transform The Moon Into a Solar Plant is Sheer LUNAcy

We've heard about schemes to gather solar power directly from space before, but designers at Japan's Shimizu Corporation have taken the idea to a new level with the Luna Ring, a concept solar

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The Unicab EV Could be New York’s Taxi of Tomorrow

The Unicab EV Could be New York’s Taxi of Tomorrow

Think it’s time for New York City to update its cab design? The New York Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has been hunting for the so-called “taxi of tomorrow” — a cab

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Artist Creates Real-Life Working Hoverboard!

Artist Creates Real-Life Working Hoverboard!

Who hasn't wished at some point that they could take a spin on Marty McFly's hoverboard from Back to the Future II? The hoverboard may not be an actual form of transportation yet, but French

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Students Turn Vibrations From Wind Energy into Electricity

Students Turn Vibrations From Wind Energy into Electricity

Think of wind energy and you probably conjure up an image of giant turbines. But students in Cornell's Vibro-Wind Research Group have a different model of wind power in mind. They're working on

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OLPC to Unveil XO-3 Tablet Prototype by the End of This Year

OLPC to Unveil XO-3 Tablet Prototype by the End of This Year

The iPad may be a luxury item, but One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is working on an affordable device for the developing world that combines the features of a laptop, the Kindle, and the iPad -- and

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Toyota Releasing Prius “Alpha” MPV in 2011

Toyota Releasing Prius “Alpha” MPV in 2011

Toyota is capitalizing on the success of its hybrid Prius by releasing 8 new body styles–the first of which will be a compact van. Dubbed “Alpha”, the MPV will launch in Spring

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Solar Hangar Recharges Zero-Emission Electric Airplane

Solar Hangar Recharges Zero-Emission Electric Airplane

Biofuel-powered planes may be the next big thing in aviation, but PC-Aero has a vision for a new wave of emission-free aircraft that are charged solely by the sun. Using a system similar to what

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Epyon Opens Europe’s First Commercial Fast-Charging EV Station

Epyon Opens Europe’s First Commercial Fast-Charging EV Station

Good news for European electric vehicle fans--a company called Epyon recently opened Europe's first commercial fast-charging station in the Netherlands. The system can reportedly pump out 50

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IBM’s Traffic Lights Can Remotely Halt Your Car Engine

IBM’s Traffic Lights Can Remotely Halt Your Car Engine

Thinking about zipping through that red light? Well, you won’t physically be able to if IBM has anything to say about it. The technology giant’s recent patent application for 

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Researchers Develop Technique for Printing Medicine Onto Pills

Researchers Develop Technique for Printing Medicine Onto Pills

Photo by tyfihi Instead of manufacturing medications separately, what if drug companies could “print” pharmaceutical ingredients directly onto pills, much like ink is printed on

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Researchers Develop First Paper Supercapacitor

Researchers Develop First Paper Supercapacitor

In the near future, we might have electronic devices made entirely out of paper--with paper displays, paper transistors, and even paper supercapacitors. Researchers at Stanford University have

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HP Working On Solar-Powered “Dick Tracy” Watch for the Military

HP Working On Solar-Powered “Dick Tracy” Watch for the Military

Ever fantasize about owning an ultra high-tech wristwatch? You'll love the so-called Dick Tracy watch being developed by HP for the US military. The watch features flexible solar panels designed

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HYDRA: A Solar and Hydrogen-Powered Mobile Water Purification System

HYDRA: A Solar and Hydrogen-Powered Mobile Water Purification System

We've covered plenty of water purification systems. But in a world where one billion people don't have access to clean drinking water, we can always use new ones. Enter the HYDRA, a

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Greendix Develops First Leaf-Shaped Crystalline Silicon Solar Panels

Greendix Develops First Leaf-Shaped Crystalline Silicon Solar Panels

We all know that solar panels are at the forefront of green energy technology, but they aren't the most aesthetically pleasing to look at. Aiming to solve that issue, Greendix, a custom solar

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Google Funds Ultra Efficient Jet Engine-Inspired Geothermal Drill

Google Funds Ultra Efficient Jet Engine-Inspired Geothermal Drill

Geothermal energy is one of the most promising alternative energy technologies -- it's a clean, virtually unlimited resource, and unlike wind and solar it doesn't require specific weather

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First Glucose Biofuel Cell Paves Way for Body-Powered Electronics

First Glucose Biofuel Cell Paves Way for Body-Powered Electronics

Glucose: it gives us that extra spike of energy, powers our cells, and soon, it might even power implantable medical devices. A team of researchers from Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble,

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Newsboxes Repurposed Into Artsy Aquariums, Terrariums

Newsboxes Repurposed Into Artsy Aquariums, Terrariums

Think the flyer boxes scattered across city sidewalks are uninspired? Check out these newsboxes transformed into eye-catching aquariums, terrariums, and even dishwashers by NY based The Street

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Can Computers Fight Blindness?

Can Computers Fight Blindness?

Stare at a computer screen for long enough and you might feel like you're going blind. But researchers from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratories think that computers could

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DuPont’s New Ink Can Quickly Print Cheap OLED Displays

DuPont’s New Ink Can Quickly Print Cheap OLED Displays

Want an ultra energy-efficient OLED television? You'll have to pay -- LG's 15-inch display, for example, will cost a scathing $2,725 when it is released later this year. But OLED displays may

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Fungi Could Break Down Toxic BPA

Fungi Could Break Down Toxic BPA

BPA is nasty stuff--the chemical is linked to obesity, cancer, and endocrine problems in fetuses and children. It's also ubiquitous in our daily lives, present in 2.7 million tons of plastic

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Artist Makes Functional Toaster Completely From Scratch

Artist Makes Functional Toaster Completely From Scratch

We have a tendency to take everyday objects for granted--objects that have often traveled thousands of miles and through dozens of hands just to get to us. But just how difficult is it to make

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Bio-Grow Uses Electronic Waste to Make Algae for Biodiesel

Bio-Grow Uses Electronic Waste to Make Algae for Biodiesel

Talk about sustainable multi-tasking. Not only have students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign created a device that cultivates algae for biofuel production, they've made it out

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Gorgeous LED Flowers Bloom at Night

Gorgeous LED Flowers Bloom at Night

Solar-powered gadgets are often strictly practical, with little consideration for design sensibilities. That's not the case with the Morning Glory, a series of LED flowers designed by Wendy

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Delta Helicopters Developing World’s First Biofuel-Capable Helicopter

Delta Helicopters Developing World’s First Biofuel-Capable Helicopter

Plenty of airlines are testing out biofuels in passenger jets, but helicopters have largely been ignored -- until now. Australia-based Delta Helicopters is developing what it says is the first

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Bill Gates Announces Funding for Seawater-Spraying Cloud Machines

Bill Gates Announces Funding for Seawater-Spraying Cloud Machines

Environmentalists have long argued about whether geoengineering (using technology to alter the climate) is a good way to tackle climate change. But the tactic has some heavy hitters on its side,

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5 Devices That Help You Save Energy

5 Devices That Help You Save Energy

By now you may have taken a look at our list of 5 energy-saving smartphone apps and wondered, “What if I don’t have a smartphone?” Don’t worry–we still have you

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