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Researchers Create Pitcher Plant-Inspired “Super Glass” Coating That Repels Everything

Researchers Create Pitcher Plant-Inspired “Super Glass” Coating That Repels Everything

Nature can be an incredible source of inspiration. Just ask the researchers at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who took a look at the beautiful and carnivorous pitcher plant and

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Crossbar’s RRAM Chip Could Make Your Phone Battery Last for Weeks

Crossbar’s RRAM Chip Could Make Your Phone Battery Last for Weeks

A new silicon chip for your smart phone could extend its battery life so that it lasts for weeks! Crossbar, a new tech chip start up, has developed a RAM chip that stores a terabyte of data, which drains

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Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

Image via Shutterstock Plants convert sunlight into energy every day - and researchers have long studied ways to replicate the process to develop renewable sources of fuel. Nate Lewis is a Chemistry

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ARPA-E Launches $30M Initiative to Develop Solar Power That Works at Night

ARPA-E Launches $30M Initiative to Develop Solar Power That Works at Night

The Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) just announced that it is spending up to $30 million on a new program that will develop a cost-effective way to harness solar

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Japanese Government and Auto Industry Team Up on $1.025 Billion EV Charging Plan

Japanese Government and Auto Industry Team Up on $1.025 Billion EV Charging Plan

Japan is pushing an ambitious $1.025 billion (100.5 Yuen) plan to install a national electric vehicle charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy, and the government is enlisting the help of the

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Man Attempts 1,200 Mile Journey in Solar-Powered ELF Bike/Car

Man Attempts 1,200 Mile Journey in Solar-Powered ELF Bike/Car

Organic Transit's ELF has grown from a Kickstarter project into an amazing personal transit vehicle, and now a 65-year-old man from Cambridge is attempting to ride the 1,200 miles from Durham, North

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Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

Global Solar Power Passes 100,000 Megawatt Milestone and Continues to Increase Rapidly

Image via Flickr The sun is shining on solar energy across the world. In 2012, a record 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) was installed, pushing the total global solar power capacity past

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AeroVelo Human-Powered Helicopter Wins Elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize!

AeroVelo Human-Powered Helicopter Wins Elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize!

Canadian startup Aerovelo just won the elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize with their incredible human-powered helicopter called Atlas! The Sikorsky rules—which were developed when the competition was

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MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

Parabolic Solar Mirror photo from Shutterstock Scientists at MIT just announced that they have created the perfect mirror - and it could signal a breakthrough for solar power technology. The team's

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Europe’s Largest Battery to Store Renewable Energy in Groundbreaking UK Trial

Europe’s Largest Battery to Store Renewable Energy in Groundbreaking UK Trial

Image via Shutterstock Three companies plan to install Europe's largest battery at a UK substation in order to test improved renewable energy storage. Solar and wind are excellent, clean sources of

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Danish Researchers Develop More Climate Friendly Fuel Cells for Hydrogen Vehicles

Danish Researchers Develop More Climate Friendly Fuel Cells for Hydrogen Vehicles

When it comes to hydrogen fuel cells, they are worth their weight in platinum. A team of researchers at the Department of Chemistry at the University of Copehagen has developed technology that allows the

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US DOE Announces Plan to Create Efficiency Standards for Computers and Servers

US DOE Announces Plan to Create Efficiency Standards for Computers and Servers

The Internet has greened many aspects of modern life, such as reducing resource extraction and emissions by digital distribution of mail, music, paper goods, and entertainment. Even so, the infrastructure

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China Becomes World’s First Nation to Install 3 GW of Utility-Scale Solar Power!

China Becomes World’s First Nation to Install 3 GW of Utility-Scale Solar Power!

China just secured its position as the world leader in solar power by installing a record 3 gigawatts of utility-scale solar power. The nation has constructed 40 new solar plants (with over 1 GW of

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LEGObot: A Working 3D Printer Made From LEGO Bricks!

LEGObot: A Working 3D Printer Made From LEGO Bricks!

As the 3D printer revolution picks up speed, the price of the machines is beginning to drop—but shelling out several hundred bucks for a desktop printer is still out of the reach of many would-be

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7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

7 Incredible Inventions by Teenage Wunderkinds

An Ocean Clean Up Array to Remove 7,250,000 Tons of Plastic From the World's Oceans When we first covered Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array it generated a phenomenal amount of excitement, as well as

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Dutch Scientists Invent Smog-Eating Pavement to Help Clean the Air

Dutch Scientists Invent Smog-Eating Pavement to Help Clean the Air

Photo via Shutterstock In urban areas, both smog and pavement seem to dominate the landscape. While the two may seem like separate and distinct elements of the city ecosystem, the air and ground could

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DIY Solar Thermal Panel Made with 275 Aluminum Cans Takes a Seattle Home Office Off-Grid

DIY Solar Thermal Panel Made with 275 Aluminum Cans Takes a Seattle Home Office Off-Grid

When Peter Rowan left corporate life to pursue a career writing fiction and teaching, he needed a little office in which to work. So he decided to convert his backyard shed in Seattle into an off-grid

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Researchers Build Nano Solar Cells 1,000 Times More Powerful than Conventional PVs

Researchers Build Nano Solar Cells 1,000 Times More Powerful than Conventional PVs

As global warming and climate change escalate, the push to develop better, more efficient solar energy technology has never been more urgent, and now researchers at MIT have developed ultra-thin and

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Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Apple Announces Plans to Build 20MW Solar Farm to Power Reno Data Center

Earlier this spring, environmentalists cheered when Apple announced that it would power its largest data center in Maiden, North Carolina entirely with renewable energy. Now, Apple is following that up

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Spanish Town Become World’s First to Run its Vehicles on Sewage

Spanish Town Become World’s First to Run its Vehicles on Sewage

Photo via Shutterstock Say you're a small town looking to add some green energy options to your city. You could invest in good old wind or solar power, or in the case of one Spanish town, you could

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Could the Citi Bike System Be Used to Generate Pedal-Powered Energy for NYC?

Could the Citi Bike System Be Used to Generate Pedal-Powered Energy for NYC?

The media has been all over the fact that opportunistic New Yorkers have been using docked Citi Bikes as their own personal exercise machines, but what if all of that pedal power could actually be put to

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16-Year-Old Develops a New Way to Turn Algae into Fuel

16-Year-Old Develops a New Way to Turn Algae into Fuel

While other 16-year-olds were watching TV and hanging out with their friends, St. Petersburg, Florida-native Evie Sobczak was hard at work in her garage developing a device that turns algae into

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AT&T Unveils Solar-Powered Street Charge Phone Charging Stations in NYC

AT&T Unveils Solar-Powered Street Charge Phone Charging Stations in NYC

Yesterday, AT&T, Goal Zero and Pensa unveiled Street Charge, a new way for New Yorkers to charge their phones on-the-go using solar power. The new tree-like modules will be placed around the five boroughs

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MS PlanetSolar Turanor: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Docks in NYC

MS PlanetSolar Turanor: World’s Largest Solar-Powered Boat Docks in NYC

Inhabitat is getting our sea legs this morning aboard the world's largest solar-powered boat, which docked today at the North Cove Marina in downtown Manhattan. NYC is the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar's second

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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 only eight

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Siemens to Harvest Energy from Speeding Trains With America’s First Regenerative Energy Storage Unit

Siemens to Harvest Energy from Speeding Trains With America’s First Regenerative Energy Storage Unit

Image via Shutterstock Siemens just announced plans to harvest energy from speeding trains by installing America's first regenerative braking energy storage system on the new TriMet Portland-Milwaukie

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New Jersey Approves $447 Million Solar Power Program

New Jersey Approves $447 Million Solar Power Program

New Jersey just announced a major $447 million solar power initiative that includes an incentive for private citizens to add solar arrays to their homes. The plan proposed by Public Service Electric and

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Gyula Bodonyi’s Algae Powered LED is Truly a “Green” Light Bulb

Gyula Bodonyi’s Algae Powered LED is Truly a “Green” Light Bulb

The tear-shaped bulb is made up of an air pump, LED, hidrophob container, PC Shell, and air outlet. The system sucks in carbon dioxide and water through the pump near the E27 screw-top, and as the air

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Scientists Create World’s Most Complex Biomolecular Computer

Scientists Create World’s Most Complex Biomolecular Computer

Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a powerful new biomolecular computing device that could significantly advance gene therapy and cloning. Professor Ehud Keinan of

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The ‘Altoids Sours’ BBQ Grill Is Curiously Awesome!

The ‘Altoids Sours’ BBQ Grill Is Curiously Awesome!

Talk about upcycling -- this tiny barbeque grill is made from a single Altoids Sours tin, two salvaged computer fan guards and a handful of nuts and screws, and it's big enough to handle a wiener or a

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