Charley Cameron

 

Charley Cameron is a writer based in New Orleans. Born and raised in Northern England, she moved to the U.S. to study photography and new media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With a disdain for Mid-Western winters and a passion for sustainable development, social justice and live music, she headed south to work for an NGO dedicated to post-Katrina rebuilding. When not plugging away at a computer, she can be found exploring eccentric corners of the deep south and digging through piles of old building materials in the effort to complete an eco-friendly renovation of her home in Holy Cross, an area which hopes to become the first carbon-neutral neighborhood in America.

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How solar friendly is your state? The Freeing the Grid report finds out

How solar friendly is your state? The Freeing the Grid report finds out

It's one thing to make the decision to go solar, but depending on where in the U.S. you live, the ease with which one connects a household rooftop array to the grid—i.e., actually gets it up

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Astronauts can sip espresso in space thanks to PSU’s 3D-printed zero gravity cup

Astronauts can sip espresso in space thanks to PSU’s 3D-printed zero gravity cup

Astronauts have a pretty rough time living in a microgravity environment. Sure, at first there's exhilaration at the whole floating experience, but then one has to learn to pee into a vacuum

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This lucky tortoise can walk again thanks to a custom-built LEGO wheelchair

This lucky tortoise can walk again thanks to a custom-built LEGO wheelchair

Image by Action Press/REX When humans encounter mobility problems, we have a host of options that range from walkers to prosthetics, but for our four-legged friends things aren't quite so

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Scientists smash solar cell efficiency record by converting 40.4% of sunlight to energy

Scientists smash solar cell efficiency record by converting 40.4% of sunlight to energy

A team from the University of New South Wales, Australia, just set a new world record for solar energy efficiency by successfully converting 40.4% of available sunlight into electricity. And

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Research shows California drought is the worst in 1,200 years

Research shows California drought is the worst in 1,200 years

This past week may have brought a much-needed dose of rain to southern California, but the region still continues to suffer under devastating drought conditions. These conditions are so bad,

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Toiletry chemicals linked to testicular cancer and infertility cost the EU €592 million each year

Toiletry chemicals linked to testicular cancer and infertility cost the EU €592 million each year

Hormone-mimicking endocrine disruptor compounds (EDCs) are commonly used in toiletries, cosmetics and medications around the globe. However, alarm has been growing for some time now that these

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Kenyan student convert’s school’s poop into safe, clean fuel

Kenyan student convert’s school’s poop into safe, clean fuel

In early January 2013, Kenya's oldest English-language school, the Maseno School, opened new dormitories for 720 students, and it had a couple of problems. Pit latrines and a faulty sewage

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Made in Space: NASA Creates First-Ever 3D-Printed Object in Space

Made in Space: NASA Creates First-Ever 3D-Printed Object in Space

NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station have created the first-ever object to be 3D printed in space. The 3D printer, which was developed by Made in Space, was delivered to the

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This is the Highest-Resolution Video of Earth Ever Created, and it’s Gorgeous (VIDEO)

This is the Highest-Resolution Video of Earth Ever Created, and it’s Gorgeous (VIDEO)

The Russian Elektro-L weather satellite sits 25,000 miles above the Indian Ocean, where it creates an astonishing 121 megapixel image of the Earth every 30 minutes. James Tyrwhitt-Drake from the

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First Passengers Ride on Japan’s 311mph ‘Floating’ Maglev Train!

First Passengers Ride on Japan’s 311mph ‘Floating’ Maglev Train!

The first 100 passengers hopped aboard Japan's new blazing fast 'floating' Maglev train last week. The Series L0 train developed by Japan’s JR Central Railway Company is set to go into full

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South Africa’s New 96MW PV Plant is the Continent’s Largest Solar Power Facility

South Africa’s New 96MW PV Plant is the Continent’s Largest Solar Power Facility

South Africa is a historically coal-hungry nation, producing around 225 million tonnes of the stuff each year. But just two years ago, government leaders pledged to invest an incredible $5.4

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MakerBot Unveils Partnership with Martha Stewart. No, Really.

MakerBot Unveils Partnership with Martha Stewart. No, Really.

Well, it isn't April 1st, and the press releases appear to be authentic, so we have to believe that this is true: MakerBot has launched a co-branding effort with Martha Stewart. So does that now

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The Netherlands Unveils the World’s First Solar Bike Path

The Netherlands Unveils the World’s First Solar Bike Path

The Netherlands has an international reputation as a bike-friendly nation; it's home to some 18 million bicycles and 21,748 miles of bike lanes. Now, an innovative project—SolaRoad—aims to

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France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

France Breaks Ground on Europe’s Largest Solar Plant

While Germany has spent the last few years stealing the headlines for its remarkable advances in renewable energy infrastructure, neighboring France has, up until now, remained relatively silent

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The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

The Birthplace of Fracking Just Banned Fracking

One of the quieter surprises of this week's elections took place in Denton, north Texas, pop: 123,000. The city is home to some 272 active fracking wells, with 212 additional wells within it's

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The Ozone Hole Above Antarctica is as Big as North America

The Ozone Hole Above Antarctica is as Big as North America

Data from NASA shows that this year's hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica remains largely unchanged. On September 9, 2014, it measured 24.1m square km, which is roughly the size of North

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High Schoolers Built a Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle for Just $1,500

High Schoolers Built a Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle for Just $1,500

The Endurance is a PiEV built by high schoolers for just $1,000, and was followed by a solar-powered version. In early 2013, engineering students at Rhode Island's Tiverton High School were

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The World’s Smallest, Cheapest 3D Printer Can be Yours for $299

The World’s Smallest, Cheapest 3D Printer Can be Yours for $299

Getting a start in 3D printing can be a pretty costly and intimidating endeavor, with most printers in the affordable range coming in at around $1,000. But for $299, the makers of the iBox

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Scientists Investigate Link Between Newborn Deaths and Oil Drilling in Utah

Scientists Investigate Link Between Newborn Deaths and Oil Drilling in Utah

In the city of Vernal, Utah, midwives and scientists are noticing an alarming trend: in 2010 newborn babies accounted for one in every 95 burials, but by 2013 that rate jumped to one in every 15

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Why is this Inhabited Louisiana Island Sinking into the Gulf?

Why is this Inhabited Louisiana Island Sinking into the Gulf?

Much has been written lately of the devastating coastal land loss that is dragging southern Louisiana into the Gulf of Mexico. Erosion of the wetlands—in large part a result of activities by

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There Are Still 2 Million Barrels of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Hanging Out in the Gulf of Mexico

There Are Still 2 Million Barrels of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Hanging Out in the Gulf of Mexico

A new study by a team from the University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Irvine, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has found that there are still two million

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Peeing in the Shower Could Save Millions of Gallons of Water (and Dollars)

Peeing in the Shower Could Save Millions of Gallons of Water (and Dollars)

A new campaign by students at a British University encourages students to take their first pee of the day in their morning shower. And before we all lapse into a collective ewwww, the 'Go With

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2014 is on Track to be the Hottest Year in Recorded History

2014 is on Track to be the Hottest Year in Recorded History

It's happened again: new data from both NASA and NOAA show that, for the 355th month in a row, September 2014 was hotter than the 20th Century average for the month. Moreover, since September

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Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by a Chainsaw

Insane Russian Attack Bike is Powered by a Chainsaw

Other than the fact that it was constructed in Russia, we aren't entirely sure who's responsible for this mean-looking chainsaw bike. While it may look like it's designed for the sole purpose of

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U.S. Set to Blow $2.8 Trillion by Sitting in Traffic

U.S. Set to Blow $2.8 Trillion by Sitting in Traffic

Congestion will cost the U.S. $2.8 trillion over the next 16 years. It's a boggling figure - but that's exactly what a new report by the Seattle-based INRIX and the Centre for Economics and

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Santiago Calatrava’s Iconic Peace Bridge Wins Canadian National Steel Design Award

Santiago Calatrava’s Iconic Peace Bridge Wins Canadian National Steel Design Award

Calatrava's striking helical design for the candy cane-colored Peace Bridge was completed in 2012, and it provided a remarkable solution to a number of challenging design criteria. Over the

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Apple Patents Next-Gen Flexible ‘Smart Paper’ Display

Apple Patents Next-Gen Flexible ‘Smart Paper’ Display

The US Patent and Trademark Office just granted the latest batch of Apple's patents, and as usual, none of us has any idea which of them will go anywhere. But one of them—#8,855,727, to be

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GM is Working on an Affordable, 200-Mile All-Electric Chevrolet

GM is Working on an Affordable, 200-Mile All-Electric Chevrolet

General Motors executives recently confirmed that the company is working on an all-electric Chevrolet with a range of 200 miles and an expected price tag of around $30,000. Details on the new EV

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Now You Can Watch the London Zoo’s Otters LIVE on YouTube

Now You Can Watch the London Zoo’s Otters LIVE on YouTube

Need a jolt of real, live cuteness to brighten up a dull work day? London Zoo has just the thing for you. In a groundbreaking partnership with Google and British regulators Ofcom, the

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Malala Yousafzai Becomes Youngest-Ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Malala Yousafzai Becomes Youngest-Ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

17-year-old Malala Yousafzai has been named the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for supporting the “struggle against the suppression of children and young people.” Yousafazai, a

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