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James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

Beneath their spotless surfaces, rivers are often incredibly filthy and not particularly easy to clean up. After all, you can’t just bust out your vacuum and suck up all of the debris lingering there,

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Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

French biochemist Pierre Calleja has designed a fascinating eco-friendly lamp that could light up streets and parking garages while cutting CO2 emissions. It runs completely free of electricity, powered

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TAG Heuer’s New Meridiist Infinite Phone Uses a Hidden Solar Panel to Stay Charged Forever

TAG Heuer’s New Meridiist Infinite Phone Uses a Hidden Solar Panel to Stay Charged Forever

Best known for stylish watches that cost as much as a used car, TAG Heuer recently announced plans to launch into the smartphone market. The Switzerland-based firm enjoys creating modern technologies that

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Breakthrough Discovery Uses Sunlight to Create Materials for Solar Devices

Breakthrough Discovery Uses Sunlight to Create Materials for Solar Devices

Researchers at Oregon State University just made an energy breakthrough that could cut the cost of solar energy while also drastically reducing the carbon footprint of manufacturing solar materials. OSU

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Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Soleta ZeroEnergy One: Gorgeous Tiny Home Can be Remote Controlled by a Smartphone

Given its versatile and affordable design, the Soleta zeroEnergy One can be used as a tiny home, an office, or as a vacation home. It is constructed of all natural materials sourced locally, including

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Expected Nuclear Plant Shutdown Spurs Increased Energy Savings Incentives

Expected Nuclear Plant Shutdown Spurs Increased Energy Savings Incentives

Here's some good news for both the safety of New Yorkers and landlords looking to save some cash: Con Ed has announced that it will be significantly increasing the energy savings incentives it offers in

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AquaSprouts’s Stylish Aquaponic Garden Lets You Grow Fresh Veggies on Your Kitchen Counter

AquaSprouts’s Stylish Aquaponic Garden Lets You Grow Fresh Veggies on Your Kitchen Counter

If you like the idea of aquaponics but aren't sure how to get started, you're in luck: AquaSprouts just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their brilliant home system, which allows anyone to grow

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Facebook May Acquire Solar-Powered Drone Company to Bring Internet Access to Remote Areas

Facebook May Acquire Solar-Powered Drone Company to Bring Internet Access to Remote Areas

Internet access is what keeps companies like Facebook and Google in business. The more people who have internet connectivity, the more demand there is for their services. That's presumably why Google is

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Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Just Switched Online for the First Time

Ivanpah: The World’s Largest Solar Thermal Plant Just Switched Online for the First Time

Jointly created between NRG Energy, Inc., Google, and BrightSource Energy, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is the largest solar project of its kind and accounts for nearly a third of all

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EcoMow Grass-Powered Robotic Lawnmower is its Own Energy Factory!

EcoMow Grass-Powered Robotic Lawnmower is its Own Energy Factory!

EcoMow, a startup founded by engineers and business students from George Mason University, is working on an automatic lawnmower that literally creates its own fuel. Between the tailpipe emissions and

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Japan Tests World’s First Power Storage System Made Entirely from Reused EV Batteries

Japan Tests World’s First Power Storage System Made Entirely from Reused EV Batteries

While electric vehicles (EV) are a huge boon for the environment, it is unclear what will become of all the used batteries. Sumitomo Corporation may have the answer - they've created a large-scale power

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Tour Singapore’s Greenest Building: BCA Academy’s Zero Energy Headquarters

Tour Singapore’s Greenest Building: BCA Academy’s Zero Energy Headquarters

Singapore has no shortage of green buildings, but when it comes to energy-efficiency, there is one that surpasses all others. Home of the Singapore Building and Construction Authority Academy, the Zero

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Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

Washing dishes may soon be a thing of the past thanks to an incredible new coating that makes food simply roll of your plates and bowls. It sounds too good to be true, but according to Swedish design

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Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

Groundbreaking LightCatcher Dome Brings Natural Light into the Darkest Buildings

There are many ways to brighten up dark spaces without mechanical assistance, but few are as efficient as the groundbreaking LightCatcher from EcoNation. The LightCatcher is a polycarbonate light dome

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PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

PHOTOS: Fin-Like Shading System Cools Siemens’ New Über Green Headquarters at Masdar City

Clad in light aluminum fins that provide 100 percent shading to 95 percent of the glazed surfaces, Siemens' new headquarters at Masdar City is also embedded with several of the corporate giant's own

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Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels

Next-Generation Wood Fiber Solar Cells Could Dwarf Current Efficiency Levels

There are two key factors that affect solar cell performance: high optical transparency for good light transmission, and high optical haze for increased scattering, and therefore absorption.

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Solar Trees Now Power the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign

Solar Trees Now Power the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” Sign

While the bulk of the energy usage may be happening just a few blocks north, Las Vegas is going a little bit greener by powering the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” with three solar trees. For

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Schwinn’s CycleNav Helps Bicyclists Navigate Without Riding into a Tree

Schwinn’s CycleNav Helps Bicyclists Navigate Without Riding into a Tree

Schwinn’s new CycleNav Smart Bike Navigator helps riders navigate unfamiliar areas safely and simply. The handle-bar mounted device connects to a smart phone via Bluetooth, and gives riders audible

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One Laptop Per Child Unveils Two New Kid Tablets at CES 2014

One Laptop Per Child Unveils Two New Kid Tablets at CES 2014

The 2014 edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is showcasing all kinds of intriguing electronics this year. But one of the most anticipated socially-conscious projects comes from the

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MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

Nearly a decade ago, Fernando Mazariengas sought a way to provide clean, affordable water to those living in areas without, so he created a ceramic water filter that could be made using locally-sourced

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Edible Electronics Made from Cuttlefish Ink Could Help Spawn a New Age of Medical Devices

Edible Electronics Made from Cuttlefish Ink Could Help Spawn a New Age of Medical Devices

Watch any nature special or visit an aquarium, and chances are you will be amazed by the intelligence, adaptability, and beauty of the cuttlefish. Part of the class Cephalopoda, these amazing molluscs are

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Top 6 Green Innovations of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Top 6 Green Innovations of 2013 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Green technology advances by leaps and bounds - and in 2013 we saw no shortage of incredible innovations. From an ingenious ocean cleanup invention that could combat plastic pollution to a pedal-powered

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Rawlemon’s New Betaray Crystal Ball Harvests Light From The Sun, Moon and Clouds!

Rawlemon’s New Betaray Crystal Ball Harvests Light From The Sun, Moon and Clouds!

In 2012, Inhabitat featured an invention that promised to turn the world of solar power generation upside down. Rawlemon's spherical solar energy-generating globe looked a lot like a giant glass marble on

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Photosynthesis Bike Purifies the Air as You Ride

Photosynthesis Bike Purifies the Air as You Ride

Biking to work is about to get a whole lot greener. Not only are bicycles better for the Earth than driving and a great way to keep in shape -- but a new bike concept recently unveiled by Bangkok-based

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Pilus Energy Uses Bacterial Robots to Turn Sewage into Electricity, Water, and Biogas

Pilus Energy Uses Bacterial Robots to Turn Sewage into Electricity, Water, and Biogas

Image of woman sitting on a toilet via Shutterstock Across the globe, access to clean water and renewable sources of energy are in constant demand and we have curated a slew of interesting solutions.

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Powerslayer Puts a Stop to Vampire Power Draw

Powerslayer Puts a Stop to Vampire Power Draw

A clever new device called Powerslayer aims to stop the vampire draw on electronics - that insidious power suck that happens when you leave something plugged in even after your device is charged.

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Ann Arbor Plans America’s First Networked Fleet of Driverless Cars by 2021

Ann Arbor Plans America’s First Networked Fleet of Driverless Cars by 2021

Ann Arbor is planning to become America’s first city with a shared network of driverless cars - and it could happen as early as 2021. The Mobility Transformation Center (UMTRI), an initiative involving

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Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

Underwater Kites Could Harvest 64 Times More Power Than Undersea Turbines

Kite photo from Shutterstock How can we generate more power from renewable sources without using massive plots of land for solar and wind farms? Go fly a kite. According to David Olinger, an associate

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Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Inhabitat Tours Abu Dhabi’s Energy-Plus Masdar City: EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Taken while on a Masdar-sponsored trip that included a tour to the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power Plant and interviews with several key Masdar officials, these images are a testament to Masdar's

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Rock On! Playing Pop and Rock Music Around Solar Cells Improves Efficiency

Rock On! Playing Pop and Rock Music Around Solar Cells Improves Efficiency

New research out of the UK finds that solar cells actually enjoy improved efficiency when exposed to the pounding beats of today's pop and rock music. According to researchers from Queen Mary University

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