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
Human Trials of Inhalable Measles Vaccine Starting Soon

Human Trials of Inhalable Measles Vaccine Starting Soon

Needles are never fun. They hurt, they can cause infection and in some unfortunate cases, they can spread disease. That's why researchers are developing an inhalable measles vaccine for the

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Tiny Proba-V Satellite Will Track Global Vegetation Levels

Tiny Proba-V Satellite Will Track Global Vegetation Levels

Ever wonder what the shift to a global agricultural system has done to vegetation levels? The European Space Agency plans to find out with Proba-V, a laboratory table-sized microsatellite that

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MIT Unveils First Solar Cells Printed on Paper

MIT Unveils First Solar Cells Printed on Paper

Photo by Martin LaMonica at CNET What if you could simply staple solar panels to your house rather than hiring a professional installation team? That's not as far-fetched as it sounds -- MIT

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Scientists Harness Virtual Reality to Aid Oil Spill Cleanup Effort

Scientists Harness Virtual Reality to Aid Oil Spill Cleanup Effort

We've looked at a number of possible cleanup solutions for the disastrous oil spill off the Gulf Coast -- hair, underwater domes, and bacteria, to name a few. Now scientists are testing out

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Students Transform Salad Spinner Into Life-Saving Centrifuge

Students Transform Salad Spinner Into Life-Saving Centrifuge

When's the last time you heard of a salad spinner that saves lives? Two Rice University students have transformed a simple salad spinner into an electricity-free centrifuge that can be used to

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“Pixie Dust” Used to Regrow Limbs of Wounded Soldiers

“Pixie Dust” Used to Regrow Limbs of Wounded Soldiers

It sounds too good to be true: a substance called Pixie Dust that is capable of re-growing human limbs. But it's real, and it's already being used by surgeons to save wounded soldiers in

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Scientist Produces Plastic From Natural Gas

Scientist Produces Plastic From Natural Gas

Peak oil signifies disaster for plastics producers -- ethene, one of the raw materials used to make plastics, relies on abundant supplies of oil for production. But Dutch researcher Tymen

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Japanese Researchers Invent Elastic Water

Japanese Researchers Invent Elastic Water

The material shown in the picture above is just ice, right? Look again. Elastic water, a new substance invented by researchers at Tokyo University, is a jelly-like substance made up of 95%

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Green Decontaminants Could Clean Up Terrorist Attacks

Green Decontaminants Could Clean Up Terrorist Attacks

There's nothing remotely green about nerve gas, mustard gas, anthrax, and other nasty chemical agents that could be used in a terrorist attack. The cleanup process, on the other hand, doesn't

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Coming Soon: Cheap, Thin, Energy-Efficient Night Vision Glasses

Coming Soon: Cheap, Thin, Energy-Efficient Night Vision Glasses

Have you ever wished that your car windshield or cell phone camera could pierce through the night and turn darkness into day? Then get ready: researchers at the University of Florida have

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Giant Underwater Dome Could Contain Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Giant Underwater Dome Could Contain Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Geodesic dome photo by Hobbes vs Boyle The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is growing worse, with 1,000 barrels pouring into the ocean every day over a span of 28,600 square miles. As

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Direct Drive System Reduces Cost, Weight of Wind Turbines

Direct Drive System Reduces Cost, Weight of Wind Turbines

The next generation of wind turbines may not have problem-prone gearboxes if Siemens and GE have anything to say about it. The wind turbine manufacturers have both recently invested in direct

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Cactus Gum Can Purify Water Cheaply and Effectively

Cactus Gum Can Purify Water Cheaply and Effectively

Counterintuitive as it may seem, cacti might be the key to cheap and easy water purification. Assistant Professor Norma Alcantar at the University of South Florida in Tampa has discovered that

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Geely Unveils Bug-Like Solar Hybrid Micro Car in Beijing

Geely Unveils Bug-Like Solar Hybrid Micro Car in Beijing

Geely IG has unveiled a new insectoid vehicle at the Beijing Auto Show that may just give the VW Bug a run for its money. The car boasts a hood emblazoned with solar panels, a micro-compact

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Circular Library Lets You Roll Your Books Home

Circular Library Lets You Roll Your Books Home

Bookworms know that it isn't easy to live a mobile life with a massive book collection. If you're not quite ready to donate excess texts or replace them with electronic versions, David Garcia

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Mimosa: a Stunning Plant-Inspired OLED Art Display

Mimosa: a Stunning Plant-Inspired OLED Art Display

We've seen lots of innovative applications for OLEDs lately -- Ingo Maurer's Double C-Future chandelier, Tom Dixon's OLED flat lamp, and now Jason Bruges' Mimosa, a dazzling piece of art that

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E. Rex Three-Wheeled EV Is Three Times More Efficient Than a Prius

E. Rex Three-Wheeled EV Is Three Times More Efficient Than a Prius

Would you drive a strange-looking three-wheeled car if it was three times more efficient than a Prius? If so, we'd like to direct your attention to the E. Rex, an EV designed by Silicon Valley

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Bojka Bug: A VW Beetle Covered in Vintage Fabrics

Bojka Bug: A VW Beetle Covered in Vintage Fabrics

The Volkswagen Beetle is an iconic piece of car design, but that doesn't mean it can't be repurposed to look even better. Bokja Design took a classic Beetle and decorated it in car stickers,

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Cow Brain Protein Could Build Better Batteries and Solar Cells

Cow Brain Protein Could Build Better Batteries and Solar Cells

We've heard about alternative energy produced from corn, switchgrass, and watermelons... but cow brains? Researchers at Stanford are exploring the idea that clathrin, a protein found in cow

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Scientists Develop Silk Implant That Melts Onto Brain’s Surface

Scientists Develop Silk Implant That Melts Onto Brain’s Surface

From the department of creepy yet clever: researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia have developed a brain implant made partially from silk that that melts

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New Samsung Restore Cell Phone is 84% Recyclable!

New Samsung Restore Cell Phone is 84% Recyclable!

We were excited last year when Sprint released the Reclaim, an 80% recyclable bio-plastic based cell phone. The Reclaim was so successful that now Sprint is back with a new, improved green cell

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Toyota to Unveil Prius Minivan in 2011

Toyota to Unveil Prius Minivan in 2011

The Toyota Prius revolutionized the world of hybrid cars. Now Toyota is set to dominate hybrid minivans with the upcoming Prius minivan, set to hit showrooms early next year! According to

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POO POWER: Researchers Make Crude Oil Out of Pig Manure

POO POWER: Researchers Make Crude Oil Out of Pig Manure

Pig manure: it's good for more than just smelling up pig pens. Researchers from the University of Illinois and Innoventor have figured out a way to make crude oil out of the pungent stuff -- and

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Yves Behar Unveils Paper Chandeliers at Swarovski Crystal Palace

Yves Behar Unveils Paper Chandeliers at Swarovski Crystal Palace

Inhabitat favorite Yves Béhar has just unveiled a stunning set of pendant lamps made from recycled paper that manage to capture the shimmering effect of crystal chandeliers. His gemstone-shaped

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$3 Healing Device Speeds Up Wound Treatment

$3 Healing Device Speeds Up Wound Treatment

Fact: the healing process can be sped up dramatically by applying suction (AKA negative pressure) to bandage-covered open wounds. No one knows why this works, but doctors think it might keep

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Ripe Radish Solar Lamp Grows Garden Greens

Ripe Radish Solar Lamp Grows Garden Greens

Looking for an unobtrusive way to light up your garden or front lawn? Check out Arthur Xin's Ripe Radish, a solar lamp that gathers power during the day, glows red at night, and features a

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Coming Soon: Dow Chemical’s Ultra-Efficient Solar Shingles

Coming Soon: Dow Chemical’s Ultra-Efficient Solar Shingles

Solar shingles are nothing new, but up until now the technology has been relatively inefficient and clunky-looking. That's about to change, though, with Dow Chemical's new thin-film solar

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5 Smartphone Apps That Will Help You Save Energy

5 Smartphone Apps That Will Help You Save Energy

So you've changed your lightbulbs, installed energy-efficient windows, smart insulation, and solar panels on your roof. What more can you possibly do to save energy? Simple: use your smartphone

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MIT Develops Tiny Water Purifier Inspired By Computer Chip Tech

MIT Develops Tiny Water Purifier Inspired By Computer Chip Tech

The answer to the growing water crisis in developing countries might be a postage stamp-sized device that resembles a computer chip. Researchers at MIT have developed a water purifier made out

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Homeland Security Developing Smartphone Tech That Sniffs Deadly Chemicals

Homeland Security Developing Smartphone Tech That Sniffs Deadly Chemicals

Recently we reported that U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Cell-All had developed a chemical-sniffing iPhone add-on that can potentially offer early information on a chemical attack,

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