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
Students Design All-Electric Superbus That Batman Would Ride

Students Design All-Electric Superbus That Batman Would Ride

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

Read More >

Oorja Unveils Micro Fuel Cell That Could Power Your House

Oorja Unveils Micro Fuel Cell That Could Power Your House

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

Read More >

Cobra Energy Plans Massive $1 Billion Solar Thermal Plant for Australia

Cobra Energy Plans Massive $1 Billion Solar Thermal Plant for Australia

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

Read More >

Britain’s New Dragon Runner Robot Deactivates Live Explosives

Britain’s New Dragon Runner Robot Deactivates Live Explosives

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

Read More >

Solar Pixel Turns Building Facades into Artwork

Solar Pixel Turns Building Facades into Artwork

Solar panels aren't usually installed because they're good-looking. But the Swiss design firm Drzach and Suchy thinks that solar power can be beautiful--literally. The pair have created

Read More >

New Piezo Crystals Harness Sound Waves to Generate Hydrogen Fuel

New Piezo Crystals Harness Sound Waves to Generate Hydrogen Fuel

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

Read More >

Sanyo Installs Solar Parking Lots in Japan for Electric Hybrid Bicycles

Sanyo Installs Solar Parking Lots in Japan for Electric Hybrid Bicycles

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

Read More >

CHAdeMO Developing Global Electric Vehicle Charging Standard

CHAdeMO Developing Global Electric Vehicle Charging Standard

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

Read More >

ArmorLite: A CFL Bulb Without The Risk of Toxic Mercury Exposure

ArmorLite: A CFL Bulb Without The Risk of Toxic Mercury Exposure

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

Read More >

Sundrop Fuels Uses Concentrated Solar Heat to Vaporize Biomass

Sundrop Fuels Uses Concentrated Solar Heat to Vaporize Biomass

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

Read More >

Google Maps Adds Biking Directions for 150 US Cities

Google Maps Adds Biking Directions for 150 US Cities

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

Read More >

Transonic Combustion’s Super-Efficient Gas Engine Gets 98 MPG

Transonic Combustion’s Super-Efficient Gas Engine Gets 98 MPG

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

Read More >

Amusement Park Powers EVs Using Electric Toothbrush Technology

Amusement Park Powers EVs Using Electric Toothbrush Technology

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

Read More >

Flying Sailboat Soars Through the Sky On Solar Power

Flying Sailboat Soars Through the Sky On Solar Power

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

Read More >

Texas Breaks U.S. Wind Power Generation Record

Texas Breaks U.S. Wind Power Generation Record

Good news on the alternative energy front: Texas managed to break the U.S. wind energy generation record last Friday morning when it produced 6,272 MW of power--19% of the total electricity mix.

Read More >

Pea Power: Researchers Discover a Hidden Energy Source Inside Peas

Pea Power: Researchers Discover a Hidden Energy Source Inside Peas

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

Read More >

OFIS Unveils Earthquake-Proof Solar Powered Volcano Towers

OFIS Unveils Earthquake-Proof Solar Powered Volcano Towers

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

Read More >

All-Electric Tata Nano Revealed in Geneva

All-Electric Tata Nano Revealed in Geneva

We were beyond excited upon learning that the world's cheapest car, the Tata Nano, might be released in hybrid form. But it looks like Tata has skipped the step of going hybrid and has decided

Read More >

IBM Developing Chips That Carry Information Using Pulses of Light

IBM Developing Chips That Carry Information Using Pulses of Light

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

Read More >

Implantable, Solar-Powered Chip Monitors Blood Sugar Levels

Implantable, Solar-Powered Chip Monitors Blood Sugar Levels

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

Read More >

Recycling Robot Uses Lasers to Sort Plastic

Recycling Robot Uses Lasers to Sort Plastic

Osaka University recently unveiled a recycling robot that uses lasers to sort out different types of plastics. The robot, designed by IDEC, the Photonics Advanced Research Center, and Mitsubishi

Read More >

Microsoft’s Skinput System Turns Skin into a Touchscreen

Microsoft’s Skinput System Turns Skin into a Touchscreen

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?

Read More >

Seamless Mesh Could Revolutionize Body Armor, Water Filtration, More

Seamless Mesh Could Revolutionize Body Armor, Water Filtration, More

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

Read More >

Panpaati Furniture Made From Bread is Literally Good Enough to Eat

Panpaati Furniture Made From Bread is Literally Good Enough to Eat

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

Read More >

Google Launches Person Finder for Chile Earthquake Victims

Google Launches Person Finder for Chile Earthquake Victims

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

Read More >

San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks Initiative Gets a Major Boost

San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks Initiative Gets a Major Boost

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

Read More >

Researchers Discover Way to Make French Fries Without Cancerous Chemical

Researchers Discover Way to Make French Fries Without Cancerous Chemical

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,

Read More >

Tesla’s All-Electric Roadster Sports Car to Be Available for Lease

Tesla’s All-Electric Roadster Sports Car to Be Available for Lease

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.

Read More >

Genetically Engineered Mosquitos Could Prevent Dengue Fever

Genetically Engineered Mosquitos Could Prevent Dengue Fever

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.

Read More >

Toll Revenue May Be Used to Build Bay Bridge Bike Path

Toll Revenue May Be Used to Build Bay Bridge Bike Path

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

Read More >

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
What are you looking for? (Solar, HVAC, etc.)
Where are you located?