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
NextGen Announces Cheap Solar Paint on the Horizon

NextGen Announces Cheap Solar Paint on the Horizon

NextGen Solar has announced that their new breed of cheap solar paint is closer than ever now that the company has raised half of the $1 million it needs to move out of the lab and into the real

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Cheap Carbon-Based Solar Cells Could Replace Silicon Cells

Cheap Carbon-Based Solar Cells Could Replace Silicon Cells

Forget silicon -- the next major light-absorbing material in solar cells could be carbon. Chemists at Indiana University Bloomington have figured out how to effectively create big sheets of

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Japanese Robo-Suit Helps the Elderly to Farm

Japanese Robo-Suit Helps the Elderly to Farm

Farming is backbreaking work even when you're young--all that bending down repeatedly under the beating sun can take its toll. Researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology think

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Greenbutts Unveils Flower Sprouting Biodegradable Cigarette Filters

Greenbutts Unveils Flower Sprouting Biodegradable Cigarette Filters

We don't advocate cigarette smoking, but if you're going to do it anyway, keep an eye out for Greenbutts -- biodegradable cigarette filters that sprout grass or flowers when placed the soil. The

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World’s First Modern Solar Panel Still Works After 60 Years

World’s First Modern Solar Panel Still Works After 60 Years

Thinking about investing in a solar array but concerned about the lifespan of photovoltaic cells? Consider this: the world's oldest solar panel -- a 60 year-old crystal ball-like contraption --

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IBM’s New Solar Desalination Tech Could Create Rivers in the Desert

IBM’s New Solar Desalination Tech Could Create Rivers in the Desert

Living in the desert comes with major advantages and disadvantages -- excess solar power and not enough water, to be more specific. Now IBM and Saudi Arabia's King Abdulaziz City for Science and

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San Francisco Launching Largest Green Loan Program in U.S.

San Francisco Launching Largest Green Loan Program in U.S.

Good news for San Francisco-based property owners: the city has officially announced that GreenFinanceSF, the country's largest green loan program, will launch on April 12. The program allows

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Rackspace Converts Vacant Shopping Mall Into LEED Gold Headquarters

Rackspace Converts Vacant Shopping Mall Into LEED Gold Headquarters

It's the perfect example of our potential to create a technologically-savvy sustainable future: Rackspace, an IT hosting and cloud computing company, recently turned a vacant shopping mall into

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Hitachi Says it Can Double the Lifespan of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Hitachi Says it Can Double the Lifespan of Lithium-Ion Batteries

In news that could affect everyone from laptop users to electric car drivers, Hitachi announced this week that it has figured out a way to double the lifespan of lithium-ion batteries -- the

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Chagos Archipelago to Become World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Chagos Archipelago to Become World’s Largest Marine Reserve

In a move that will double the amount of the planet's protected oceans, the U.K. announced late last week that it is turning the Chagos Archipelago into the world's largest marine reserve. The

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Treadmill Bike is a Creative Workout on Wheels

Treadmill Bike is a Creative Workout on Wheels

We've seen plenty of human-powered vehicles -- from velomobile bikes to helicopters, and even hovercrafts -- but the latest contraption to come down the pipeline is perhaps the strangest one

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iPod-Sized HIV Detector to Bring Affordable Testing to Rural Communities

iPod-Sized HIV Detector to Bring Affordable Testing to Rural Communities

Right now it's difficult, if not impossible, to quickly detect HIV in patients living in impoverished countries. That may all change soon, though -- researchers at a California outfit called the

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U.S Establishes First Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards For Vehicles

U.S Establishes First Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards For Vehicles

Just in time for the New York Auto Show, the U.S. government has announced the first ever greenhouse gas emissions standards for cars and light trucks! As a result of the rules set by the EPA

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Plant-Based Molecules Could Create More Efficient Photovoltaic Devices

Plant-Based Molecules Could Create More Efficient Photovoltaic Devices

Plants are excellent at harnessing solar power, so it only makes sense that scientists would eventually study them for hints on how to develop more efficient photovoltaic devices. Chemists at

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Researchers to Transform Airborne CO2 Into Fuel

Researchers to Transform Airborne CO2 Into Fuel

Any way you slice it, CO2 emissions from power plants are a bad thing. One potential solution is carbon capture and storage, but the technology is decades away from reality and safety concerns

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GM Rolls Out First Production Run Chevy Volt

GM Rolls Out First Production Run Chevy Volt

GM may not be releasing the much-awaited Chevrolet Volt as soon as originally planned, but the production process is moving right along. Today the automaker rolled out its first Volt using

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An EV For the People: All-Electric Nissan Leaf to Cost $25,280

An EV For the People: All-Electric Nissan Leaf to Cost $25,280

Last year we announced the unveiling of the Nissan Leaf -- the first affordable all-electric vehicle from a mainstream automaker -- but up until now, Nissan would only concede that the vehicle

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Daniel Libeskind’s “Reflections” Tops Off on Singapore’s Coast

Daniel Libeskind’s “Reflections” Tops Off on Singapore’s Coast

Famed architect Daniel Libeskind has completed construction on the first tower in a massive waterfront development on Singapore's southern coast that claims to be ultra-green. Dubbed Reflections

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Underwater “Snookie” Robot is Inspired By Blind Fish

Underwater “Snookie” Robot is Inspired By Blind Fish

Biomimicry strikes again--this time with Snookie, an underwater robot that has an artificial sensory organ inspired by the "lateral-line system" seen in blind fish like the Astyanax. Snookie's

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University Students Build 2,487 MPG Hypermiling Supercar

University Students Build 2,487 MPG Hypermiling Supercar

GM claims that the Chevy Volt can get 230 MPG under city driving conditions, but that's nothing compared to the 2,487 MPG squeezed out of a combustion engine-powered prototype vehicle built by

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Fake Gasoline-Powered Alarm Clock Secures Energy Star Label

Fake Gasoline-Powered Alarm Clock Secures Energy Star Label

Apparently, it's a piece of cake to get Energy Star-certified -- just ask the Congressional auditors who received approval for a number of ridiculous fake products, including a gasoline-powered

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Rotel: A Globe Trotting Hotel on Wheels

Rotel: A Globe Trotting Hotel on Wheels

We're accustomed to being toted around from place to place on vacation -- cruise ships, anyone? -- but the Rotel takes the concept to new heights. The bright red hotel-on-wheels from Rotel

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iSpotSwap iPhone App Will Save You From Parking Anxiety

iSpotSwap iPhone App Will Save You From Parking Anxiety

Quick--how many hours of your life have you spent in the car searching for parking spots and wasting precious gasoline (and cash) in the process? A new iPhone app called iSpotSwap could make

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Nanotech Robots Travel Through Blood to Turn Off Tumor Cells

Nanotech Robots Travel Through Blood to Turn Off Tumor Cells

The nanobots are coming! Scientists have found that nanotech robots, once the stuff of science fiction, can travel through the blood and turn off cancer genes in tumors -- effectively providing

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New Type of Contact Lenses Deliver Medication With a Vitamin E Punch

New Type of Contact Lenses Deliver Medication With a Vitamin E Punch

Contacts are good for more than giving you perfect vision -- lenses are also used to deliver medicine for glaucoma, cataracts, and other problems, but current technology forces the medication to

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NREL Develops Super Efficient Robots That Build Better Solar Cells

NREL Develops Super Efficient Robots That Build Better Solar Cells

It might be time to welcome our robot overlords to the green tech revolution. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has developed a jukebox-like robot that can grow and analyze solar cells in

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Bill Gates Teams Up With Toshiba to Build Mini Nuclear Reactors

Bill Gates Teams Up With Toshiba to Build Mini Nuclear Reactors

The new nuclear age has officially begun. First President Obama announced $8 billion in loan guarantees for nuclear power, and now Toshiba has teamed up with TerraPower, a Bill Gates-backed

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Chevron Embraces Solar Technology With Project Brightfield

Chevron Embraces Solar Technology With Project Brightfield

Sign #1 that interest in solar power is exploding: even the oil companies are getting in on the act. Earlier this week, Chevron unveiled Project Brightfield, a solar plant featuring 7,700 solar

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GlidArc Uses Plasma TV Tech to Produce Super-Clean Fuel

GlidArc Uses Plasma TV Tech to Produce Super-Clean Fuel

Plasma televisions are energy-sucking monsters -- a 48-inch screen uses more power than a large refrigerator -- which is why they have been largely replaced with LCD and LED screens. But the

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DARPA Unveils Speedy Solar-Powered Smart Blimp

DARPA Unveils Speedy Solar-Powered Smart Blimp

The military often gets to check out exciting green technology before the general public. Case in point: DARPA's new smart blimp, an automated, unmanned airship featuring an advanced radar

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