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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Brilliant Mold-Detecting Fruit Bowl Alerts You to Rotting Fruit Before it Goes Bad

Brilliant Mold-Detecting Fruit Bowl Alerts You to Rotting Fruit Before it Goes Bad

Who hasn't experienced the frustration of picking a piece of fruit out of a bowl only to toss it out because it's covered in a nasty layer of mold? Student designer Jagjit Chodha hopes to put an

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FAA Wants to Move Away from Leaded Gasoline by 2018

FAA Wants to Move Away from Leaded Gasoline by 2018

Photo via Shutterstock Sometimes it seems like air transportation is the last to catch up with energy innovations. Busses, cars and trains regularly run on a variety of green options. But

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Project 929: Artist Draws 460 Mile Line Around Military Base for Energy Sustainability

Project 929: Artist Draws 460 Mile Line Around Military Base for Energy Sustainability

A recent study shows that if the United States built a concentrated solar power farm on one hundred square miles of land, it would provide enough energy to power the entire country. Media artist

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Tesla to Make Superchargers More Efficient and Expand Network to 98 Percent of the US

Tesla to Make Superchargers More Efficient and Expand Network to 98 Percent of the US

Part of what makes the Tesla such an attractive option for an electric vehicle is its supercharger network, which provides free, clean juice to keep the journey going. But right now, there are

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Hans Rosling Uses LEGO Bricks to Explain Climate Change and Population Growth

Hans Rosling Uses LEGO Bricks to Explain Climate Change and Population Growth

We’ve seen LEGO bricks used to build tons of unexpected creations - from wheelchairs to chandeliers. But everyone's favorite toy brick can also be used to teach - Hans Rosling, a Swedish

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Italian Appliance Manufacturer Smeg is Transforming Classic Fiat 500s into Fridges

Italian Appliance Manufacturer Smeg is Transforming Classic Fiat 500s into Fridges

Just when you thought the original Fiat 500 couldn't get any cuter, Italian home appliance manufacturer Smeg has gone and turned the front end of the car into a stylish mini fridge. The two

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Ikea Founder Steps Down, Hands Chairman Position to Son

Ikea Founder Steps Down, Hands Chairman Position to Son

Ikea photo from Shutterstock Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad just stepped down as chairman of the billion-dollar furniture company, handing the reigns to his son, Mathias Kamprad. The retailer's

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Internet Mogul Sean Parker Trashes Big Sur Redwood Forest to Create a Fantasy Wedding

Internet Mogul Sean Parker Trashes Big Sur Redwood Forest to Create a Fantasy Wedding

It's not unusual for the weddings of the rich and famous to veer into ridiculous excess, but internet billionaire Sean Parker's recent nuptials really take the over-the-top wedding cake.

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Tesla Motors Announces Fourth Car for Future Electric Vehicle Lineup

Tesla Motors Announces Fourth Car for Future Electric Vehicle Lineup

It's been a great year so far for Tesla - the electric automaker paid back its federal loan a full 9 years early, it announced plans to triple its supercharger stations, and it scooped the green

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High-Capacity Flash Charger Can Juice Up an Electric Bus in Under 15 Seconds

High-Capacity Flash Charger Can Juice Up an Electric Bus in Under 15 Seconds

Electric vehicles are a great option for personal use, but when it comes to public transportation, the technology has its limitations. Electric buses require overhead power lines or lengthy

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Tesla Announces Plans to Triple its Supercharger Stations by the End of June

Tesla Announces Plans to Triple its Supercharger Stations by the End of June

Tesla is on a bit of a roll these days. Not only did the electric car company pay back its loan to the federal government nine years early, but it also just announced plans to triple its car

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World’s Largest Wave Farm to be Built off the Coast of Scotland

World’s Largest Wave Farm to be Built off the Coast of Scotland

Scotland holds 10 percent of Europe's wave power potential, and the nation just announced plans to tap into that resource by building the world’s largest wave farm! Once constructed, the farm

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Scientists Create World’s Tiniest Bunny Using New 3D Shaping Material

Scientists Create World’s Tiniest Bunny Using New 3D Shaping Material

Scientists in Japan recently used a promising new 3D printing material to create objects so small that they are the size as a single bacteria. The researchers were able print shapes that are

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This Homemade Lightsaber Can Burn Through Wood

This Homemade Lightsaber Can Burn Through Wood

Star Wars fans of the world rejoice, because the dream of owning your own personal lightsaber just got one step closer to reality. This 300mW hand-held blue laser can burn through cardboard,

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New DIY Glowing Plant Kits Let You Grow Bioluminescent Blooms at Home

New DIY Glowing Plant Kits Let You Grow Bioluminescent Blooms at Home

Recently Inhabitat wrote about the Glowing Plant Project, which uses the science of bioluminescence to light up a room using plants. The Kickstarter campaign, created by the team of

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Moto Electra Looks to Set Record by Crossing US in an Electric Motorcycle in Just 3 Days

Moto Electra Looks to Set Record by Crossing US in an Electric Motorcycle in Just 3 Days

It's hard to imagine a time when driving cross-country was a challenge, a time when gas stations were infrequent and roads were unreliably paved. But that’s exactly what inspired the people at

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Artists Create Chandeliers Out of Bike Parts Under a Freeway Overpass

Artists Create Chandeliers Out of Bike Parts Under a Freeway Overpass

A freeway overpass is not the first place you would think to look for innovative art. But if you happen to be Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock, the freeway overpass is a natural canvas for

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Scientists See a Negative Outlook Despite a Recent Stabilization in Global Warming

Scientists See a Negative Outlook Despite a Recent Stabilization in Global Warming

When it comes to global warming, things may not be quite as bad as we thought. According to a recent study in Nature Geoscience, global warming seems to have leveled off over the past decade,

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The World’s Longest LEGO Railway Stretches Nearly 2.5 Miles Long

The World’s Longest LEGO Railway Stretches Nearly 2.5 Miles Long

What has nearly 100,000 LEGO pieces, spans nearly 2.5 miles and can be used to transport a Lilliputian army? The world’s longest LEGO railway, of course! On May 10th and 11th,

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Swedish Strawscaper Harvests Energy from the Wind With a Kinetic Hair-Covered Shell

Swedish Strawscaper Harvests Energy from the Wind With a Kinetic Hair-Covered Shell

Every once in a while an idea comes along that is so unlike anything before that it defies reference. Take Belatchew Lab Architecture’s Strawscraper, a skyscraper covered in hair that can

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Emerging Objects Creates Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Materials

Emerging Objects Creates Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Materials

These days, 3D printers can create just about anything - from human organs to deadly weapons. But one innovation we haven't previously seen in 3D printing? Printer filament made from of

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Japan Takes Steps to Permanently Close First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster

Japan Takes Steps to Permanently Close First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster

Photo via Shutterstock Japan has hemmed and hawed about closing its nuclear reactors after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. At first there was talk of closing down all reactors, but the motion

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SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

SunWater Gives Farmers an Affordable Way to Pump Water Using Solar Power

Many people around the world rely on cash crops to create extra income for their families. During the dry season, shallow wells and drought are challenges that reduce crop yield - and extra

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New North Carolina Law Could Ban LEED Certification Due to Forestry Dispute

New North Carolina Law Could Ban LEED Certification Due to Forestry Dispute

There is a debate raging between the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) - and LEED certification is caught in the middle. Treehugger reports that the

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Scientists Create Solar Cell Material Using an Old Microwave Oven

Scientists Create Solar Cell Material Using an Old Microwave Oven

Photo via Shutterstock Metallurgists at the University of Utah have cooked up an ingenious way to produce solar cells using something that nearly everyone has right at home: a microwave oven.

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The VOTO Charger Uses Fire to Charge Your Cell Phone

The VOTO Charger Uses Fire to Charge Your Cell Phone

Where there's smoke there's heat, and Point Source Power has figured out a way to harness that heat to charge your cell phone. The company's new VOTO charger converts the heat generated from a

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2-Year-Old Girl Becomes the Youngest Person to Get a New Trachea Made Using Stem Cells

2-Year-Old Girl Becomes the Youngest Person to Get a New Trachea Made Using Stem Cells

Hannah Warren was born in 2010 with a rare condition known as tracheal agenesis, which means that her trachea failed to develop. For the past two years, she has been living in an ICU in Seoul,

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Shortlist for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announced

Shortlist for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture Announced

The shortlist of nominees for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were just announced in Spain - and the list includes outstanding projects ranging form a school in Afghanistan to a

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Forget the Housing Bubble – the Next Crisis May Be the Carbon Bubble

Forget the Housing Bubble – the Next Crisis May Be the Carbon Bubble

Bubbles are bad - how can we forget the internet bubble of the 90s or the recent subprime mortgage crisis? Now it seems that we have gotten ourselves into a new bubble - and the consequences of

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German Website Reduces Food Waste by Allowing People to Share Excess Food

German Website Reduces Food Waste by Allowing People to Share Excess Food

Food photo from Shutterstock Each day people around the world throw away a staggering amount of food - by some accounts, almost half of all food produced winds up in the trash. The German

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