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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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Is Google Secretly Building a Floating Data Center in the San Francisco Bay?

Is Google Secretly Building a Floating Data Center in the San Francisco Bay?

There’s something strange happening in the San Francisco Bay, and it seems to involve Google and a giant barge made out of shipping containers. Google has never been shy about chasing audacious new

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Hyundai Unveils World’s First Aquaponics Farm Powered by a Fuel Cell Car

Hyundai Unveils World’s First Aquaponics Farm Powered by a Fuel Cell Car

Hyundai just teamed up with Something & Son to unveil the world's first urban aquaponic farm 'powered' by a hydrogen car! Located outside of the London Design Museum, Hyundai's Fuel Cell Farm seeks to

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Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators

Super Efficient Transparent Solar Cells Could Turn Windows into Clean Energy Generators

Imagine windows powering homes, office buildings, and even airplanes. That fantasy might not be far from reality thanks to the latest breakthroughs in solar cell technology. Researchers from the Institute

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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 been

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Scientists Turn Problematic Plastic Bags Into a High-Tech Nanomaterial

Scientists Turn Problematic Plastic Bags Into a High-Tech Nanomaterial

Non-biodegradable plastic bags are the scourge of landfills and picturesque landscapes everywhere. Scientists at the University of Adelaide in Australia have invented a process to transform the pesky

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BMW to Make Plug-in Hybrid Electric Versions of Entire Lineup

BMW to Make Plug-in Hybrid Electric Versions of Entire Lineup

BMW is going electric in a big way. The German luxury vehicle maker announced that it is going to manufacture a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version of each of its models. BMW has begun

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Nokia Working With UK Scientists to Charge Cell Phones With Lightning!

Nokia Working With UK Scientists to Charge Cell Phones With Lightning!

Lightning photo from Shutterstock A team of scientists at the University of Southampton has joined forces with Nokia to harvest the power of lightning to charge mobile phones! Neil Palmer, one of the

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Switzerland to Launch ‘Janitor’ Satellite to Collect 370,000 Pieces of Space Junk From Earth’s Orbit

Switzerland to Launch ‘Janitor’ Satellite to Collect 370,000 Pieces of Space Junk From Earth’s Orbit

Space junk is an ongoing problem for the world's space administrations as decades worth of satellite launches and space missions have filled the Earth’s orbit with trash such as fuel tanks, lost tools

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Tesla Patents Next-Gen Electric Car Battery that Gets 400 Miles on a Single Charge

Tesla Patents Next-Gen Electric Car Battery that Gets 400 Miles on a Single Charge

Over the years, one of the biggest obstacles to widespread electric vehicle adoption has been the issue of how far the car can travel on one charge. Cars that can only travel 100 miles without plugging in

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New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Withstand the Energy of 70,000 Suns

New Connection Between Stacked Solar Cells Can Withstand the Energy of 70,000 Suns

Image © Mike Baker North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new way of connecting stacked solar cells that is strong enough to handle the energy of 70,000 suns. The innovation will

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World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Lands in London, Completes Gulf Stream Environmental Study

World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Lands in London, Completes Gulf Stream Environmental Study

Earlier this June, the transatlantic speed record-holding solar catamaran was converted into a scientific platform to collect data between on the Gulf Stream between Oostende and London. The researchers

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Microbial Team Creates Biofuel That Functions Better Than Ethanol

Microbial Team Creates Biofuel That Functions Better Than Ethanol

When it comes to matching the properties of gasoline, isobutanol packs more bang for its buck than ethanol. To create the biofuel, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan are taking a fungus

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Carnegie Wave Energy to Launch the World’s First Wave-Powered Desalination Plant

Carnegie Wave Energy to Launch the World’s First Wave-Powered Desalination Plant

Carnegie Wave Energy is planning to open the world's first zero-emission wave powered desalination plant on Garden Island in Australia. Using the Perth company's proprietary "CETO technology," the two

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Sierra Energy’s Revolutionary Trash-to-Energy FastOx Gasifier Will Make Renewable Fuel for the US Army

Sierra Energy’s Revolutionary Trash-to-Energy FastOx Gasifier Will Make Renewable Fuel for the US Army

If there are any two problems that need tackling in our world it's the lack of clean energy and the overabundance of garbage. Now a company called Sierra Energy might have a solution called the FastOx

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