Kristine Lofgren

 

Kristine is a writer and designer from Salt Lake City, Utah. Passionate about green design and pretty words in equal parts, she spends her days blogging, writing, designing and working towards her Masters in English at the University of Utah. Kristine discovered her passion for the environment while growing up on the trails of the Rocky Mountains and has had her feet (and hands) in the dirt ever since.

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Buckminster Fuller Challenge Unveils 2013 Finalists!

Buckminster Fuller Challenge Unveils 2013 Finalists!

Ecovative The EPA has found that plastics make up 25% of the volume in our landfills, with expanded plastic foams being the worst contributor. These products are also highly flammable and have

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$99 23andMe DNA Test Could Predict Your Entire Health Future

$99 23andMe DNA Test Could Predict Your Entire Health Future

Our current health care system is built around reaction: doctors wait for patients to fall ill and only then find a way to heal them. But what if, some time in the future, doctors can predict

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Photonics Breakthrough Could Lead to Blazingly Fast Electronics

Photonics Breakthrough Could Lead to Blazingly Fast Electronics

A recent development in the world of silicon photonics (that's technology using optical rays for the layperson) means that computer speeds could really begin to skyrocket. The recently developed

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Biotech Giant Monsanto Announces $1 Billion Acquisition of Climate Corporation

Biotech Giant Monsanto Announces $1 Billion Acquisition of Climate Corporation

Controversial agri-giant Monsanto is dipping its massive hands in a different type of technology. The company, known for its focus on herbicides and genetically modified seeds, recently spent

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Jellyfish Force Huge Nuclear Reactor to Shut Down in Sweden

Jellyfish Force Huge Nuclear Reactor to Shut Down in Sweden

One of the world's biggest nuclear reactors was shut down last Sunday by an unlikely foe: jellyfish. Sweden's Oskarshamn reactor was closed when tons of jellyfish clogged up the pipes that

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Radiant House: Santa Clara Students to Create a Modular Solar Home from Bamboo

Radiant House: Santa Clara Students to Create a Modular Solar Home from Bamboo

Bamboo is a very sustainable material; because it is a grass and grows very quickly, unlike slow-growing trees like oak or pine. So the team decided to built the entire home out of bamboo. Even

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Students in Alberta Create a Sustainable Modular Home for Families in Remote Areas

Students in Alberta Create a Sustainable Modular Home for Families in Remote Areas

Borealis consists of parts that are easily assembled and can be moved by truck to areas that aren't always easy to reach. A steel structure makes up the skeleton of the home, with R-40 walls

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West Virginia University Students Create a Sustainable Home that Honors Appalachian Tradition

West Virginia University Students Create a Sustainable Home that Honors Appalachian Tradition

From the outside WVU's PEAK house looks like a rustic cabin with a log cabin exterior. But even though the exterior appears to be made out of stacked logs, the floors, walls and ceiling are

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700 South African Rhinos Already Slaughtered in 2013

700 South African Rhinos Already Slaughtered in 2013

The year hasn't even reached a close and already poachers have killed more rhinos is South Africa - home to 80 percent of the world's rhino population - than in all of last year. Poachers have

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Stylish Buca Boot Bicycle Trunk Keeps Belongings Safe and Secure During Commutes

Stylish Buca Boot Bicycle Trunk Keeps Belongings Safe and Secure During Commutes

If you commute using a bicycle, then you know the frustration of having to carry everything with you when you step away from your bike. Add to that the frustration of getting your stuff soaking

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Australian Researchers Create an Incredibly Detailed 3D Map of the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

Australian Researchers Create an Incredibly Detailed 3D Map of the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

Completely mapping the interior of a building may sound like a fantastically complex and time-consuming project, but Australian developers have made it as simple as moving your feet. CSIRO,

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Green-Roofed Ecohabit Residence Learns About its Inhabitants to Boost Efficiency

Green-Roofed Ecohabit Residence Learns About its Inhabitants to Boost Efficiency

Ecohabit is split into two modules: a wet module and a dry one. This helps reduce the amount of plumbing needed to service the home. The wet side features a living green wall and roof, and a

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Huge Underground Water Reserves Discovered in Drought-Stricken Kenya

Huge Underground Water Reserves Discovered in Drought-Stricken Kenya

Of the 41 million people residing in Kenya, 17 million lack access to clean water. But today the people of the drought-stricken nation have a reason to celebrate, as scientists announced the

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Illegal Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Nearly 100 Well-Known Shampoo Brands

Illegal Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in Nearly 100 Well-Known Shampoo Brands

Shampoo photo from Shutterstock You may have thought that the worst thing your shampoo could do to you is to sting your eyes, but it turns out that your shampoo could be deadly. The Center

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$3000 Gets You Inside the World’s Largest, Most Magical Cave (Video)

$3000 Gets You Inside the World’s Largest, Most Magical Cave (Video)

The cave, dubbed Son Doong Cave (Hang Son Doong in Vietnamese), which means mountain river cave, is located in the Quang Binh province of Vietnam. A local farmer stumbled on the cave in 1991,

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App Alerts Users to Drone Strikes

App Alerts Users to Drone Strikes

In a time when military strikes can be controlled from remote location, without ever having to engage with the enemy directly, it is easier than ever to become distanced from the realities of

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Measles May be Killing Dolphins Along America’s East Coast

Measles May be Killing Dolphins Along America’s East Coast

Image via Shutterstock Bottlenose dolphin mortality along the east coast of the United States is nine times higher than average and - according to NOAA - may be attributed to the same disease

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Witness a Decade of Weather in Just a Few Minutes (VIDEO)

Witness a Decade of Weather in Just a Few Minutes (VIDEO)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has boiled down ten years of weather into just 3 minutes; a decade of summer rain, winter snow, the touchdown of hurricanes Katrina and Sandy,

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Global Warming Threats in Just 10 Major Cities Could Cost 9 Percent of the World’s GDP by Mid-Century

Global Warming Threats in Just 10 Major Cities Could Cost 9 Percent of the World’s GDP by Mid-Century

Anton Oparin / Shutterstock.com The damage caused by Hurricane Sandy will ultimately cost billions of dollars to repair, which has researchers wondering what the global cost of climate change

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Massive California Wildfire Reaches the Border of Yosemite Park

Massive California Wildfire Reaches the Border of Yosemite Park

Although there are 50 massive wildfires raging in the US right now, the so-called Rim Fire in California is perhaps of greatest concern. Yesterday the fire nearly quadrupled in size and has only

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300 Metric Tons of Radioactive Water Leaks from Fukushima, Alert Levels Raised to “Serious”

300 Metric Tons of Radioactive Water Leaks from Fukushima, Alert Levels Raised to “Serious”

Two and a half years after a near meltdown, the Fukushima nuclear power plant is still in trouble. The Nuclear Regulation Authority issued a new warning Wednesday, raising the severity level of

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EV ARC: World’s First Self-Contained Mobile Solar Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

EV ARC: World’s First Self-Contained Mobile Solar Charging Station for Electric Vehicles

Envision Solar isn't new to innovative solar design. They created the Solar Tree, an umbrella-like solar array that can be used in a parking lot to charge multiple vehicles. Now they have broken

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Redox Set to Launch Dishwasher-Sized ‘Cube’ Fuel Cells for 90% Less than Current Technologies

Redox Set to Launch Dishwasher-Sized ‘Cube’ Fuel Cells for 90% Less than Current Technologies

Fuel cells could provide a vital source of power for off-grid communities and cities experiencing hurricanes and thunderstorms - but existing units are expensive, massive, and they tend to run

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The Popularity of Urban Beekeeping May Actually Be Killing Bees

The Popularity of Urban Beekeeping May Actually Be Killing Bees

Photo via Shutterstock It's a case of too much of a good thing: A surge in the number of hives in some cities might actually be causing harm to the local honey bee population. According to an

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Photoflow Collector Harvests Rainwater and Solar Power for Developing Countries

Photoflow Collector Harvests Rainwater and Solar Power for Developing Countries

While our planet may be made up mostly of water, and electricity is used in every developed country, both of these resources are in tragically short supply in many places around the globe.

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NASA Maps Out the Shape of Wildfires to Come

NASA Maps Out the Shape of Wildfires to Come

Every year, it seems that wildfires get a little more frequent and a lot more devastating. And it makes you wonder, as the planet continues to get warmer and the land becomes drier, just how bad

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Terrafugia’s Flying Car Completes First Public Flight at Wisconsin Air Show

Terrafugia’s Flying Car Completes First Public Flight at Wisconsin Air Show

It’s official, we’ve finally made it into the future. Childhood dreams of flying cars are a reality at last, thanks to Terrafugia, who have designed and just demonstrated a new car that can

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Researchers Create Pitcher Plant-Inspired “Super Glass” Coating That Repels Everything

Researchers Create Pitcher Plant-Inspired “Super Glass” Coating That Repels Everything

Nature can be an incredible source of inspiration. Just ask the researchers at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who took a look at the beautiful and carnivorous pitcher

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2012 Was 10th Hottest Year Ever, as Global Warming Continues to Charge Forward

2012 Was 10th Hottest Year Ever, as Global Warming Continues to Charge Forward

Photo via Shutterstock There is both good and bad news when it comes to global warming, according to a new climate study published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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UPS Store Becomes First National Retailer to Offer 3D Printing Services

UPS Store Becomes First National Retailer to Offer 3D Printing Services

Next time you head to the UPS Store to make some copies for your small business, why not get a few 3D-printed models while you are at it? That's the idea behind UPS' new 3D printing initiative,

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