Brit Liggett

 

Brit Liggett
New NASA Satellite Will Study Ocean Salinity Levels for Clues on Climate Change

New NASA Satellite Will Study Ocean Salinity Levels for Clues on Climate Change

On June 9th NASA will be launching their Aquarius/SAC-D observatory, a satellite dedicated to studying changes in the Earth's climate. The main instrument on the satellite, the Aquarius, will be

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Lowe’s and Sungevity Team Up to Give Free Home Solar Panel Quotes

Lowe’s and Sungevity Team Up to Give Free Home Solar Panel Quotes

Solar energy firm Sungevity has teamed up with Lowe's to offer quick quotes for solar panel installation to customers for free. The quotes come thanks to a high tech computer program, iQuote,

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e Cygnet: Aston Martin to Release Its First Electric Car Ever

e Cygnet: Aston Martin to Release Its First Electric Car Ever

One of the sexiest car brands on earth, Aston Martin, is working on an electric version of their compact car, the Cygnet. The EV will be dubbed the e-Cygnet and is based on a partnership with

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Democrats Seek to Balance the Budget by Ending $21 Billion in Subsidies for Big Oil

Democrats Seek to Balance the Budget by Ending $21 Billion in Subsidies for Big Oil

Senate Democrats announced a plan on Tuesday to help fix the national budget by ending decades-long subsidies for big oil that would mean $21 billion in new revenue over the next ten years. The

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San Francisco to Allow Electric Vehicle Owners to Juice Up for Free

San Francisco to Allow Electric Vehicle Owners to Juice Up for Free

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee just announced that electric vehicle charging will be made available free of charge in city-owned parking garages and at San Francisco International Airport until the

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Honda Executives Hint That They’ll be Bringing the Acura NSX Back as a Hybrid

Honda Executives Hint That They’ll be Bringing the Acura NSX Back as a Hybrid

Executives at Honda recently hinted to Automotive News that they'll be reincarnating the Acura NSX as a lean, mean, green machine. The NSX went out of production in 2005 and rumors have been

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World’s First Interactive Paper Computer Promises to Reinvent the Digital World

World’s First Interactive Paper Computer Promises to Reinvent the Digital World

Gadgets are about to get even skinnier -- yes, even skinnier than the origami phone, believe it or not -- now that researchers at Queens University in Canada have created the PaperPhone. The

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Students Develop Revolutionary Device That Uses the Sun to Sterilize Medical Instruments

Students Develop Revolutionary Device That Uses the Sun to Sterilize Medical Instruments

A long standing problem at medical clinics in the developing world, which are far away from power sources, has been how to sterilize medical instruments. Now, engineering students at Rice

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Rainbow Warrior: Greenpeace Building First Purpose-Built Sailboat to Fight Environmental Destruction

Rainbow Warrior: Greenpeace Building First Purpose-Built Sailboat to Fight Environmental Destruction

Greenpeace is hard at work in Germany building a purpose-built -- meaning something that is designed from the ground up for its intended job --sailboat to aid in their environmental work around

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New Solar-Thermal Flat Panels Are Eight Times More Efficient than Existing Technology

New Solar-Thermal Flat Panels Are Eight Times More Efficient than Existing Technology

A team of researchers from Boston College and MIT have developed a hybrid flat panel that is capable of producing electricity from the sun's rays as well as hot water for thermal energy. The

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The Smithsonian’s Vaulted Canopy Brings Nature and Light Inside

The Smithsonian’s Vaulted Canopy Brings Nature and Light Inside

The courtyard is now the largest event space in Washington D.C, complete with fully grown trees. The lattice work of the ceiling is reflected in the unique water feature on the floor, and the

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Stamp-Sized Satellites Could Replace Big Clunkers, Saving Fuel and Materials

Stamp-Sized Satellites Could Replace Big Clunkers, Saving Fuel and Materials

When the Space Shuttle Endeavor takes off this afternoon for its final mission, it is taking with it three satellites that could significantly reduce the carbon footprint of space exploration.

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New Light Emitting Transistors Mean Bigger, More Efficient OLED Displays

New Light Emitting Transistors Mean Bigger, More Efficient OLED Displays

Researchers at the University of Florida have developed new light emitting transistors that will allow OLED screens to grow in size. OLEDs, or organic light emitting diodes, are used in computer

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Surprise! China’s Energy Consumption Will Stabilize in 2050

Surprise! China’s Energy Consumption Will Stabilize in 2050

Contrary to popular belief, new research by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says that China's energy consumption will start to level out around 2030 and eventually stabilize in 2050.

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Breakthrough Invisibility Cloak Will Help Develop More Efficient Solar Cells

Breakthrough Invisibility Cloak Will Help Develop More Efficient Solar Cells

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, working in the new field of transformation optics, have created an invisibility cloak that could lead to more efficient solar

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Incredible Floating Fire Ants Help Develop Waterproof Materials and New Robotics

Incredible Floating Fire Ants Help Develop Waterproof Materials and New Robotics

The Solenopsis Invicta -- also known as the red fire ant -- has recently become an unlikely partner in the research of waterproof materials and robotics. The ants, which are incredibly

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New Self-Powered, Blood-Activated LED Sensor Can Detect Pancreatitis in an Hour

New Self-Powered, Blood-Activated LED Sensor Can Detect Pancreatitis in an Hour

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a tiny sensor -- made from a 12-cent LED light, aluminum foil, gelatin, milk protein and a couple of other inexpensive materials

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Boeing Announces New Factory Will be 100% Powered by Renewable Energy

Boeing Announces New Factory Will be 100% Powered by Renewable Energy

Boeing recently announced that their new 787 jet assembly plant in South Carolina will be completely powered by renewable energy. The new facility will have a roof covered with solar panels that

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The Netherlands to Pave Roads with Solaroad Solar Panels

The Netherlands to Pave Roads with Solaroad Solar Panels

In addition to being one of the most bike-friendly places in Europe, the Netherlands is about to make their bike lanes even more green -- by paving them with solar panels. The initiative is part

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Sale Prices for California Homes with Solar Arrays Soar to the Top of the Market

Sale Prices for California Homes with Solar Arrays Soar to the Top of the Market

New research into California home sales says that houses with installed solar panels are selling for a hefty premium over those that simply rely on the grid. There's been hesitation among

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GM Filed 135 Clean Energy Patents in 2010, More Than Any Other Automaker

GM Filed 135 Clean Energy Patents in 2010, More Than Any Other Automaker

General Motors (GM) took the race for green vehicle technology to a whole new level in 2010 by filing and receiving 135 clean energy patents — more than any other automaker. According to

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Honeywell’s Home Wind Turbine Goes on Sale Today!

Honeywell’s Home Wind Turbine Goes on Sale Today!

The Honeywell wind turbine, a small lightweight gearless system built perfect for homes and small businesses, goes on sale today around the world! The Honeywell, which was designed by

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Charge Your Electric Car at Night and You Could Help Diminish Harmful Ozone Levels

Charge Your Electric Car at Night and You Could Help Diminish Harmful Ozone Levels

A recent study shows that charging your electric vehicle at night could help diminish harmful pollutants at the Earth's surface. The study was conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of

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UpWind Has the Secrets to Building Wind Turbines That Will Power 20,000 Homes

UpWind Has the Secrets to Building Wind Turbines That Will Power 20,000 Homes

A joint European project called UpWind has announced that new technologies will allow engineers and scientists need to start producing wind turbines with 20 megawatt (MW) capacities -- that's

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Planting Sugar Cane Can Lower Local Temperature by Almost Two Degrees

Planting Sugar Cane Can Lower Local Temperature by Almost Two Degrees

Researchers from the Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology have found that planting sugarcane on land previously occupied by other crops will cool the local area. It was found that

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Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

A group led by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects -- who designed the Bayside Marina Hotel we featured not long ago -- has formed the Ex-Container Project with the intention of using shipping

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California Signs Most Ambitious Renewable Energy Law in the Country

California Signs Most Ambitious Renewable Energy Law in the Country

Yesterday, California's governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law the most ambitious renewable energy standards in the country, which would require the state to generate 1/3 of its power from

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Ford Releases List of Top 25 Electric Vehicle Friendly Cities

Ford Releases List of Top 25 Electric Vehicle Friendly Cities

Ford Motor Company just released a list of the top 25 electric vehicle (EV) friendly cities in anticipation of the release of their Ford Focus Electric later this year. The list was compiled by

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Bulli: Volkswagen Releases an All-Electric Concept Version of the Classic VW Bus

Bulli: Volkswagen Releases an All-Electric Concept Version of the Classic VW Bus

In the spirit of the iconic VW bus that debuted over 60 years ago, Volkswagen unveiled a new compact concept version, the Bulli. Named after what Germans called the original version, the new bus

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New Nano Material Could Replace Rare Earth Minerals In Solar Cells and OLEDs

New Nano Material Could Replace Rare Earth Minerals In Solar Cells and OLEDs

Researchers in the Netherlands have created a synthetic replacement for indium, an extremely rare metal that has become a necessary ingredient in solar cells. The research team was

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