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Falling price of battery packs may usher in age of affordable electric cars

Falling price of battery packs may usher in age of affordable electric cars

A new study from the Stockholm Environment Institute has found that the price of lithium ion battery packs has been falling far faster than previously reported, with the price per kWh dropping by a

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This periodic table shows which of Earth’s elements are at risk for depletion

This periodic table shows which of Earth’s elements are at risk for depletion

And you thought we were just running the world out of oil. Ha. Think again. All around you are rare elements from the Earth. LCD screens have a bit of indium; LED’s, lasers, semi-conductors and the

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NASA-patented technology purifies Vittori Lab’s greenery-filled AirTrain

NASA-patented technology purifies Vittori Lab’s greenery-filled AirTrain

Even though trains are considered more eco-friendly than a pile of people driving their own cars, let's face it - they aren't exactly the freshest green places to hang out. So Vittori Lab and a handful of

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Tesla now banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Tesla now banned from direct sales in West Virginia

On Friday, West Virginia became the fifth state to say "no way" to Tesla's direct sales model, banning the company from selling their electric cars within the state. West Virginia, like many other states,

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Elon Musk says Tesla will launch a new product line on April 30 – but he won’t say what it is

Elon Musk says Tesla will launch a new product line on April 30 – but he won’t say what it is

Tesla's genius CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter, as is his style, that Tesla will release a new product line at their Hawthorne Design Studio on April 30. He won't say what it is, except to clarify that

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‘The Burden’ film shows how the U.S. military is fighting for a clean energy future

‘The Burden’ film shows how the U.S. military is fighting for a clean energy future

America's dependence on fossil fuels is the greatest long-term national security threat facing the nation. That is according to a new documentary called "The Burden" that held its world premiere in

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Sleek BMW i8 hybrid sports car wins 2015 Green Car Award

Sleek BMW i8 hybrid sports car wins 2015 Green Car Award

BMW i8, a hybrid sports car, nabbed the 2015 Green Car Award this morning at the New York International Auto Show. The 2015 model year BMW i8 has an all-electric range of 23 mi (37 km). The sleek hybrid

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This monstrous solar oven in Uzbekistan can melt metal with its laser-like sun beam

This monstrous solar oven in Uzbekistan can melt metal with its laser-like sun beam

As part of the Soviet-run "Sun" research complex in Uzbekistan, a gigantic solar parabola reflects energy from the universe's largest star and focuses it into a light beam that can blast out temperatures

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This virtual mouse brain could help end animal testing forever

This virtual mouse brain could help end animal testing forever

Animal testing is a much-maligned practice in the development of medicines and cosmetics, but many companies are hanging on to lab mice because they lack an adequate alternative. This virtual mouse could

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Perth’s Carnegie Wave Energy project produces power AND fresh water from the motion of the ocean

Perth’s Carnegie Wave Energy project produces power AND fresh water from the motion of the ocean

The Carnegie Perth Wave Energy Project is rolling out its multimillion-dollar plans to prove that waves not only have power but can generate it for the electric grid on land. Submerged in the roiling seas

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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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Carbon3D’s revolutionary new 3D printer is 25 to 100 times faster

Carbon3D’s revolutionary new 3D printer is 25 to 100 times faster

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpH1zhUQY0c 3D printing geeks take note: the Silicon Valley startup Carbon3D just took the lead in efficient manufacturing from digital models. Carbon3D’s technology

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How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

How Canada’s tar sands capital turns trash into vegetables

The Canadian city best known as the epicenter of dirty oil from the tar sands is trying to green up its image by turning trash into vegetables for local food banks and farmers markets. For McMurray, a

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Goodyear’s energy-generating tire could charge your electric car

Goodyear’s energy-generating tire could charge your electric car

Range anxiety persists as a fear among electric car drivers, as heavy batteries with limited capacity remain slow to charge. But a concept for a heat-gathering, electricity-generating tire release by

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Solar Impulse 2 sets world record for longest solar-powered flight by landing in India

Solar Impulse 2 sets world record for longest solar-powered flight by landing in India

The world watched as Solar Impulse 2 (SI2) landed in India on March 10, marking the first time a solar-powered aircraft has landed in the Asian country, as well as setting the world record for the

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6 Most stunning examples of 3D-printed buildings

6 Most stunning examples of 3D-printed buildings

Smith|Allen's Biodegradable Woodland Structure California-based architecture studio Smith|Allen built Echoviren, the world’s first structure made using 3D printing technology. Measuring 10 x 10 x 8

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7 intoxicating green designs for a happy St. Patrick’s Day

7 intoxicating green designs for a happy St. Patrick’s Day

PISSKY: Gilpin Whisky is Recycled from Diabetic’s Urine James Gilpin has a bit of a different interpretation of the adage "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." Gilpin, who has Type 1 Diabetes

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Could shrimp shells help make solar power affordable for everyone?

Could shrimp shells help make solar power affordable for everyone?

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London's School of Engineering and Materials Science have used hydrothermal carbonization to create carbon quantum dots for solar cells from chitin and chitosan,

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Sweden’s EcoDataCenter plans be the world’s first carbon negative data center

Sweden’s EcoDataCenter plans be the world’s first carbon negative data center

A big down side to the virtual world we’ve created is the amount of energy needed to power the devices and data centers needed to sustain it. But a new data center planned for construction in the

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How BioLite camping stoves are saving lives in developing countries

How BioLite camping stoves are saving lives in developing countries

Approximately 3 billion people around the world lack access to modern energy, and cook over open flames that billow smoke and cause severe respiratory illnesses. In fact, more premature deaths occur from

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6 ways people are using aerial drones for good

6 ways people are using aerial drones for good

Ambulance Drone Delft University graduate Alex Monton created an Ambulance Drone that can arrive to the accident scene as quickly as one minute after being dispatched. While an ambulance can take about

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New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid

New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid

Ever wish you could ditch your electric bill? Tesla is working on a house battery that could help you break up with your expensive utility company, essentially turning any home into an off-grid abode.

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The UK’s Lutz pod is the most adorable self-driving car to date

The UK’s Lutz pod is the most adorable self-driving car to date

In the United Kingdom, driverless cars are now deemed safe enough to be tested on roadways, paving the way for new vehicles, like the Lutz Pathfinder pod. The electric-powered pod can seat two people, go

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UK invests 314 times as much on fossil fuels than clean energy

UK invests 314 times as much on fossil fuels than clean energy

As nations around the globe look to clean energy to solve environmental and economic problems, the burden is on the wealthiest nations to lead the way. The UK has broken a promise to support green energy

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Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

The Bangladeshi government intends for every household in the nation to be powered by solar energy by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing

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Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun

Spain reveals plans for first ever public streetlight system powered by wind and sun

Spain will be home to the first public lighting system to be powered exclusively by solar and wind energy. Researcher Ramon Bargalló is the man behind the development, and he worked alongside the company

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SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project has passed its final environmental review by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Record of Decision (ROD) carrying the approval is

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How to build a solar farm in California—a profile on the Topaz Solar Farm

How to build a solar farm in California—a profile on the Topaz Solar Farm

  With its capacity to power 160,000 average-sized American homes, the Topaz Solar Farm in southern California is one of the largest solar farms in the world. This sea of 9 million solar panels

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Boeing, Etihad, GE and MIST to build world’s first aquaculture and biofuel plant at Masdar City

Boeing, Etihad, GE and MIST to build world’s first aquaculture and biofuel plant at Masdar City

Traditionally, biofuels have a bad reputation for eating up precious land and water resources and pilfering food from the world's hungry. But a groundbreaking new bioenergy pilot plant at Masdar City, Abu

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Germany more than doubled its wind power capacity in 2014

Germany more than doubled its wind power capacity in 2014

In 2014, Germany’s capacity for wind power generation jumped to more than double the previous year’s figures. The work of 543 offshore wind turbines establish Germany’s offshore wind power capacity

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