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Recyclable LZF Alhambra Lamp Inspired by Origami

Recyclable LZF Alhambra Lamp Inspired by Origami

The latest lighting design from LZF Lamps puts paper swans to shame. The Spanish design firm used origami figures to inspire its giant, geometric pendant lamps, which debuted at this week's

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Copenhagen Hotel Pays Guests to Generate Electricity by Biking

Copenhagen Hotel Pays Guests to Generate Electricity by Biking

Scoring free stuff at nice hotels is a rare occurence (hello, $10 bag of mini-bar peanuts!), so when a classy establishment like the Crowne Plaza pays guests to embrace green energy, we get a

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DARPA Reveals Plans for Avatar-Like Flying, Electric Transformer Car

DARPA Reveals Plans for Avatar-Like Flying, Electric Transformer Car

Photo credit: Popular Science We are totally nerd-ing out right now over a new DARPA project. The Department of Defense's research branch wants to merge the best elements of a plane, electric

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Honda Unveils All-New Electric Scooter, the EV-neo

Honda Unveils All-New Electric Scooter, the EV-neo

It may be awhile before mass-marketed electric vehicles are commercially available, but a new electric scooter can be purchased as early as this winter. Yesterday, Honda unveiled the EV-neo, an

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Tokujin Yoshioka Debuts Shape-Shifting, Recycled Aluminum Chair at Milan

Tokujin Yoshioka Debuts Shape-Shifting, Recycled Aluminum Chair at Milan

The international design community has been buzzing about Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka's new shape-shifting chair, due to debut in Milan Design Fair this week.  Made of recycled aluminum,

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Groasis Waterboxx Can Grow Trees in Any Climate–Even the Desert!

Groasis Waterboxx Can Grow Trees in Any Climate–Even the Desert!

A new device can make a tree grow in Brooklyn--or California, or Holland or even the Sahara desert. The Groasis Waterboxx captures rainwater and condensation in the air, helping plants grow in

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Electric US Postal Service Trucks Could Serve as Grid Storage System

Electric US Postal Service Trucks Could Serve as Grid Storage System

America's fleet of postal service trucks seem pretty mundane. However, with the right technology, those white, rectangular trucks could help bring more renewable energy to the grid. PJM

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Scientists Develop First Underwater Robot Powered Entirely by Ocean’s Thermal Energy

Scientists Develop First Underwater Robot Powered Entirely by Ocean’s Thermal Energy

Everyone loves a cool robot, and this new one blows others out of the water. A team of researchers recently developed Sounding Oceanographic Lagrangrian Observer Thermal RECharging (SOLO-TREC),

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Company Uses Cement Plant’s CO2 Emissions to Create Algae-based Biofuel

Company Uses Cement Plant’s CO2 Emissions to Create Algae-based Biofuel

It's hard to imagine a cement plant going green. Creating cement is a scarily dirty process, and the industry is responsible for about five percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. One

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Electronic Nose Can Detect Asthma in Patients

Electronic Nose Can Detect Asthma in Patients

The trend in medicine is to rely on technology in order to make procedures easier, more reliable and less invasive for patients. To that end, researchers have been trying to create an electronic

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BOB, America’s Biggest Sodium Sulfur Battery, Powers a Texas Town

BOB, America’s Biggest Sodium Sulfur Battery, Powers a Texas Town

They say everything's bigger in Texas. Apparently that's true for batteries, too. Presidio, Texas, recently built a giant sodium sulfur battery that's powerful enough to provide energy for the

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New Synchrophasors Are the Key to a Smarter, More Stable Energy Grid

New Synchrophasors Are the Key to a Smarter, More Stable Energy Grid

The grid is about to get a whole lot smarter with the introduction of synchrophasors -- high tech devices that measure and transmit incoming energy data at blinding speeds. When deployed en

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Microsoft Hohm Will Allow Electric Vehicles to Power Home Appliances

Microsoft Hohm Will Allow Electric Vehicles to Power Home Appliances

Last week marked the start of a beautiful friendship between Ford and Microsoft. The two companies announced a deal at the New York International Auto Show in which they'll partner to create a

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Spray-On Solar Cells Come One Step Closer to Reality

Spray-On Solar Cells Come One Step Closer to Reality

Ever think about how amazing it would be if tech as complex as solar cells could be simply sprayed onto a surface? A group of researchers found that a common organic semiconductor may make that

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Could Genetically Engineered Pigs Reduce Water Pollution?

Could Genetically Engineered Pigs Reduce Water Pollution?

This story might sound like an April Fool's joke, but we assure you, it's totally real. Canadian researchers have developed Enviropig, a line of genetically engineered Yorkshire pigs that can

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University of Delaware’s Electric Vehicles Give Power Back to the Grid

University of Delaware’s Electric Vehicles Give Power Back to the Grid

Electric vehicles are pretty green in their own right. After all, the cars create zero carbon emissions. But imagine a vehicle that not only runs on electricity, but actually gives power back to

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Obama Set to Announce Offshore Oil Drilling Plan

Obama Set to Announce Offshore Oil Drilling Plan

Later today, President Obama is set to announce a plan that will open up many offshore areas for oil and natural gas exploration. While the move will surely anger environmentalists, many folks

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Scientists Grow Human Bones from Liposuctioned Fat

Scientists Grow Human Bones from Liposuctioned Fat

Growing plants can be tricky enough, but growing bones seems altogether impossible. Yet that's exactly what scientists at Columbia University recently accomplished. A group led by Gordana

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Injecting Tons of Tiny Bubbles into the Sea May Help Cool Planet

Injecting Tons of Tiny Bubbles into the Sea May Help Cool Planet

A Harvard physicist recently proposed an interesting way to cool the earth -- brighten the sea. Russell Seitz wants to pump bursts of tiny bubbles into the ocean. Seitz reasons that because

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New Shock System Harnesses Energy from Bumpy Roads

New Shock System Harnesses Energy from Bumpy Roads

Driving on bumpy roads may not be quite so unpleasant anymore. A pair of former MIT students are working on a new shock system for vehicles that retains the energy generated when a car bounces

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Future “Artificial Leaves” May Create Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight and Water

Future “Artificial Leaves” May Create Hydrogen Fuel from Sunlight and Water

As far as sustainable energy systems go, nothing is quite as perfect as a plant: Through photosynthesis, plants create their own energy using only sunlight and water. For years, scientists have

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Ingredients in Hair Conditioners, Fabric Softeners Scrub CO2 from the Air

Ingredients in Hair Conditioners, Fabric Softeners Scrub CO2 from the Air

The solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants may be sitting in your cupboard. Scientists at GE Global Research found that aminosilicones--a group of materials

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Mini Generators Use Vibrations from Traffic, Movement to Create Electricity

Mini Generators Use Vibrations from Traffic, Movement to Create Electricity

Talk about good vibrations. Researchers at the University of Michigan are developing tiny generators that harvest the kinetic energy going on around us on a daily basis. The Parametric Frequency

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New Tsunami Generator Can Help Designers Create Wave-Proof Buildings

New Tsunami Generator Can Help Designers Create Wave-Proof Buildings

The recent earthquakes and tsunamis sparked a slew of research into designing disaster-proof infrastructure. The latest tech to boost scientists' understanding how these disasters work is a

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Former Sprint, Radioshack CEOs Form Cell Phone Recycling Company

Former Sprint, Radioshack CEOs Form Cell Phone Recycling Company

It may shock you to learn that only 10 percent of America's 275 million cell phone users recycle their handsets. Globally, the situation is even more depressing: A mere one percent of the

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Elastic Iron Alloy Could be Used to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings

Elastic Iron Alloy Could be Used to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings

In light of the world's recent earthquakes, finding a quake-proof building material is a top priority. A group of Japanese researchers are answering the call. They've developed a super elastic

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New Nuclear Reactors May Almost Completely Destroy Atomic Waste

New Nuclear Reactors May Almost Completely Destroy Atomic Waste

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant Despite its lack of carbon emissions, many environmentalists fear wider adoption of nuclear power. One main concern is where to store all that atomic waste

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AT&T Unveils ZERO, a Charger that Eliminates Vampire Power

AT&T Unveils ZERO, a Charger that Eliminates Vampire Power

Did you know that when a phone charger is plugged into an outlet, it still uses power even if not hooked up to a phone? It may not seem like a lot of electricity, but factor in all Americans who

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Silicon Chips Embedded in Human Cells Could Detect Diseases Earlier

Silicon Chips Embedded in Human Cells Could Detect Diseases Earlier

It's hard to imagine a computer chip tinier than a single, human cell. Still, scientists recently created silicon chips small enough to be embedded into body cells. Once the technology is

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Toshiba Kills Incandescent Bulb Production

Toshiba Kills Incandescent Bulb Production

Yesterday, Toshiba ended its manufacture of mass-market incandescent light bulbs--bulbs that use a ton of energy, burn out quickly and pale in comparison in terms of energy efficiency to CFLs

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