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.
Shades of Batman, anyone? This all-electric Superbus, designed by students at UT Delft in the Netherlands, aims to make bus-riding attractive again by decking out the vehicle with a carbon-fiber
Were you impressed by the recently unveiled Bloom Energy "micro power plant"? Well the stationary fuel cell already some competition in the form of a methanol fuel cell device from a
We've seen our fair share of giant renewable energy projects, but we're particularly intrigued by Cobra Energy's plan to construct a $1 billion, 250 MW solar plant in Australia. The power plant
Are you good at video games? Then you might be able work the Dragon Runner, a 14 lb bomb-disposal robot unveiled today by the British Ministry of Defence. The robot, which measures 9"x8"x3, can
It sounds like a strange combination: zinc oxide crystals, water, and noise pollution. But scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered that the mix can efficiently produce
Solar charging stations for cars? Been there, done that. Now Sanyo has completed two solar parking lot charging stations in Japan for its "Eneloop" hybrid electric bikes--and the company is
Without a standardized system of electric vehicle charging stations, automakers will be hard-pressed to get most people to splurge for EVs. That's why a coalition of Japanese automakers and
Compact fluorescent light bulbs are the light source of choice for budget-minded greenies everywhere, but they come with one big drawback: a potentially dangerous mercury-filled center. If you
The technology sounds ultra-futuristic: concentrated solar heat that can vaporize biomass (wood, crop waste, etc.) into synthetic fuels. But the process, developed by Sundrop Fuels, is real, and
Attention cyclists across the US: the wait for decent biking directions is over! Google Maps users can finally get biking directions along with walking, driving, and public transportation
Eventually, we'd like to think that everyone will be driving around in all-electric cars. But in the meantime, it's important to develop efficient gas engine technology. That's where a new
Last year, we watched as Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a new kind of electric vehicle that relies entirely on power from cables buried beneath the
Ever wished you could sail through the sky? Designer Damien Grossemy wants to make that dream a reality with his Zep'lin, a flying sailboat designed for Renault. The vertically-built Zep'lin
Peas are tasty, sure, but they might also play an important role in our energy future. Researchers from Tel Aviv University's Department of Biochemistry have discovered that tiny crystals found
At a time when earthquakes dominate the headlines, we think it's more important than ever to highlight architecture that keeps potential quakes in mind. So it goes with OFIS Architecture's
At the moment, electrical signals transfer information between computer chips using copper wires--a process that sucks up a lot of energy. But now researchers from IBM have developed a process
Diabetics rejoice: a new rice-sized, implantable glucose sensor could eliminate the need to use conventional finger-prick monitors. The solar-powered device, dubbed Glucowizzard, is implanted
Touchscreens have revolutionized the way we communicate with electronics, but sometimes they can get a little cramped -- wouldn't it be great if the iPhone's screen was just a little bit bigger?
Kaynemaile's KML22 material doesn't look like anything special -- it's just a cluster of interlocking rings, or "a seamless polycarbonate mesh" according to the company. But this recyclable
Armengol's breadstick tables and chairs may not be durable, but they speak to our obsession with cheap, compostable furniture that is light on the earth. Armengol explains that his creations are
Looking for friends and relatives who were affected by the recent 8.8 magnitude mega-quake in Chile? Google can help. The Internet search giant launched its Person Finder for the Chile
Streets and public rights-of-way make up a whopping 25% of San Francisco's total land area--more land than all of the city's parks combined. Many of the streets are wider than necessary or
No one eats french fries because they're healthy, but did you know that they contain a cancer-causing chemical called acrylamide? The product naturally forms during the cooking of french fries,
If you've been longing to cruise around in a Tesla Roadster or Roadster Sport but don't have the $100,000+ required for purchase, we've got good news. Tesla is cutting Roadster lovers a break.
In addition to being incredibly annoying, mosquitoes have the uncanny ability to spread nasty diseases like malaria and dengue fever--a disease that affects nearly 100 million people annually.
Ever wonder what all your highway tolls are used for? Well, if a bill proposed by California State Senator Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) goes through, some of them might go towards a bike path on
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